Mary Medlicott, Storyteller and Author - Storyworks

Storytelling Starters ~ It happened to me

A couple of days ago, I went into my optician’s. The receptionist looked rather surprised.  I said I’d come to see if they could fix my dark glasses. He said he’d literally just picked up the phone to ring me to say my new glasses were ready for picking up. ‘Uncanny,’ he said and I agreed. The fact of having to wait for my new glasses had been the reason for wearing the dark ones. But last night at the theatre one lens of the dark ones was suddenly gone at the interval. We scrabbled around under the seats and, fortunately, the missing lens was there, unbroken. Phew!

Synchronicity:

Cropped paperweightIt’s always a strange thing, that sense of synchronicity or coincidence. I don’t know if you’ve noticed but it has come to the fore several times recently in comments readers of this blog have sent in. After last week, these comments gave me a tingling sense of a new kind of storytelling community – one that exists on the web.

For ages, it’s been a belief of mine that community and storytelling go together. A common interest in stories literally brings people together.  The weekend after next it will be the Annual Gathering of the Society for Storytelling, this year being held in Cardiff. When the revival of storytelling was beginning to gather momentum in this country, the SfS played an important part in forging links between storytellers and helping to support new ones. The same thing had happened with the monthly Drill Hall workshops I ran for ten years from the mid-80s to the mid-90s with my friend and colleague Karen Tovell. Common interests create community and in the case of the Drill Hall workshops, they also helped develop a shared way of working that could then be used with all kinds of community groups.

Storytelling gets people sharing ideas and making friends. This can happen in a one-off workshop or a course that lasts over a number of weeks. It can happen in storytelling clubs as attenders get to know each other or  in a classroom situation as children hear new aspects of each other in how they respond to stories. 

Stories across the world-wide web:

But for me, the idea of stories and storytelling being shared world-wide across the web feels like something new that is full of potential. So it’s brilliant to realise that particular stories that have recently been told and talked about in this blog  – Mrs Wiggle and Mrs Waggle,  The Glass Eye and The Magic Tapestry – have been striking chords with subscribers in several far-flung countries. I hope the resulting sense of a special new community carries on developing.

Got one?

As for coincidence or synchronicity stories, I don’t have to ask you, dear readers, if you’ve got any of those. We all seem to have them. For me, they come in extremely useful whether for telling in schools or dropping into an adult performance. Such little stories create links. They make people remember. They encourage people to respond, ‘Something like that happened to me.’

 PS: My picture this week had to be of an eye. This is an eye on a paper-weight of mine. It’s always watching, keeping me up to the mark.

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One Response to “Storytelling Starters ~ It happened to me”

  1. Meg Says:

    Dear Mary. You have such interesting objects to add to stories!

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