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Michael is now available for storytelling house concerts in 2023. Book early as availability is limited.
What's a Storytelling House Concert?
A storytelling house concert is about bringing stories into the home. Together, the Host and the Storyteller organize a gathering of a dozen or more people - all known to the host - in the home of the Host. Storytelling house concerts encourage friendship and community-building. Hosts and guests often find this a time of reconnection and making new friends.
The Host's Responsibilities
Once a date and time are agreed upon, the Host begins inviting a dozen or more family and friends to attend. No one should attend if not known to the Host. If guests want to bring a friend, they should check with the Host first.
Food and drink may be supplied at the Host's discretion. Usually, guests are encouraged to bring food and drink to share between sets. At a minimum, the Host should provide refreshments like tea/coffee, water or other beverage.
Comfortable seating should also be made available for guests. Suitable space and seating should also be made available for the Storyteller, ensuring that everyone can see and hear him or her or them. Under normal circumstances, a sound system is not required this being an intimate setting but consideration should be given to anyone with hearing impairment. Toilet facilities should also be available for guests.
If more than 50 km from home, a Storyteller will often require accommodation and a meal. Hosts are encouraged to offer the Storyteller such a provision if necessary.
The Storyteller's Responsibilities
Arranging a house concert takes time and effort. The Storyteller will put together two 45-minute sets of stories/songs to entertain the audience. The stories may follow a theme or not. The Storyteller may be accompanied by a musician, singer, or another storyteller. Audience participation is encouraged.
The Storyteller will usually provide contact details for his or her services and will normally ask the Host and members of the audience for testimonials and feedback. This helps make the next House Concert a success and raises awareness of the traditional art of oral storytelling: a win-win for everyone involved.
A storyteller is a professional and very often is dependent on his or her craft for a living. Therefore, financial compensation is expected either in the form of an agreed-upon sum at the end of the concert or in the form of audience donations. If the latter, a hat is passed around or a bowl is provided for cash donations. A suggested contribution of between $10-20 is appreciated, although patrons can contribute more if they wish. Contributions will pay for the Storyteller's time and contribute toward transportation and fuel costs. As a guide, the Storytellers of Canada-Conteurs du Canada organization suggests a fee of $250 for a performance of up to an hour.
A storytelling house concert is a unique and memorable event. Many recognize the simplicity of the arrangement and are encouraged to organize house concerts of their own. The Storyteller is willing to assist anyone wishing to organize a storytelling house concert of their own.
To organize your own storytelling house concert, contact Michael Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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In 1998, I discovered the Scottish Storytelling Centre in Edinburgh and began my "apprenticeship" in the art of oral storytelling while teaching at the Edinburgh Rudolf Steiner School. In 2005, I decided to leave teaching and combine my previous roles as a mental health counsellor, teacher, and musician into a full-time storyteller. For more than fifteen years, I have worked with young people, adults, community and corporate groups across the U.K. Europe, the Middle East, and Canada. I believe strongly in the old Traveller proverb that stories are told "eye to eye, mind to mind, and heart to heart." If you're looking for heart-led storytelling for your next group or event, contact me by clicking the button below.
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A Winter Visitor shares the story of Mrs Clement, who takes in a young girl who shows up in the village after sunset one mid-October night...
Told by storyteller Michael Williams
Joel Pierce resides in Banchory, which is about ten miles southwest of Aberdeen and splits his time between his roles as a minister's husband, office manager at a software company, post-graduate student in Divinity, and pantomime dame.
Part of the SISF Ghost Writing Competition 2016
The Tapestry House tells the tale of a Bed and Breakfast owner who learns the history of his building...
Told by storyteller Michael Williams www.michaelwilliamsstorycoaching.com
Ewan Irvine is a Hypnotherapist and Psychic Medium working in Edinburgh and further afield. He has a great interest in the Paranormal and has investigated many a ghostly tale, as well as pen them. He is currently writing his first book entitled A Road Must Travelled, inspired by his experience of caring for his mother who suffered from dementia. ewanirvine.wixsite.com
Part of the SISF Ghost Writing Competition 2016
This is a short documentary talking about the significance of oral storytelling in Scotland.
Produced as a part of Centennial college Broadcasting program, this documentary was made possible by the contributions of the Centennial SaGE program, the collaboration with UWS, and by the allowance of the 2019 Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
Further thanks extend to the Samhuinn Fire Festival, Michael Williams and David Campbell for their time, and all the storytellers that participated in the Tales for Samhuinn event as a part of the 2019 Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
© Centennial College Broadcasting 2019