Would You Talk To A Complete Stranger?

I sat in Temperance Cafe, Leamington, today, working on StoryTelling Corner when a couple came in and sat down close by.

I heard the man talking about the cafe and guessed that he's been before but his girlfriend had not.

"Have you seen downstairs?"

The man nodded but the girl replied "No".

I love the cafe and described the history of the building and the special place the basement plays in the entertainment quality of Temperance.

"Do you like stories?" I asked.

Her face lit up. Pure energy and joy transformed what was an already attractive woman into a picture of real beauty. Her eyes lit up. Her mouth opened wide in a smile even as she began to gush about her love of Victorian tales and myths.

Her Liverpool accent became stronger as excitement streamed from every pore (I hold my hand up as a male old enough to be her grandfather) the rest of the room disappeared into a haze as we spent, what, a few seconds, a few minutes talking about telling stories.

I asked about opportunities in Liverpool for storytelling and was surprised to hear her say that she hadn't found any- perhaps she just hadn't been prompted- but I gave her a note to look up the Society of Storytellers and the link to StoryTelling Corner. I hope she takes them up. Because the few minutes we spent in the cafe proved that she had the basis to be a wonderful teller of tales.

Don't forget. If you love tales. If you love telling tales, then next Thursday evenings StoryTelling Corner should be a must visit in your diary.
Temperance Cafe, 33 Bath Street, Leamington Spa. CV31 3AF
7 pm - 10 pm: £3 (on the door)