Mary Medlicott, Storyteller and Author - Storyworks

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Storytelling Starters ~ Forgetting

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

This week I’ve been been thinking about forgetfulness. Memory is so important to storytellers. It’s our lifeblood. Can we actually now recall the details of a story we think we might like to tell? If we forget them in the telling, can we improvise?

Memory is also vital to us in our lives as human beings. (And don’t you love the fastidiousness of the memory-aid pinned onto the old Welsh blanket that’s in my photo this week?) But what about forgetting? And is forgetting something different from forgetfulness?

Forgetfulness, it seems to me at present, is something we may just have to accept as a process that happens as we get older. It certainly seems to happen more and more to me and my contemporaries. Perhaps sometimes the problem in remembering something is just a temporary blip – you remember again a few hours later. At the time it occurs, however, it doesn’t half cause annoyance and frustration.

Forgetting, though: now what is that? (more…)