Monday, October 5, 2015

Upcoming: Annual Festival of Ghost Stories

Once again we celebrate the season for scary stories with our annual Festival of Ghost Stories.

Look for us FRIDAY OCTOBER 30

in Bryan Park (see link here)

7:00 - 8:30 p.m.

Wrap up warmly for a chilly night
and bring your blanket or chair to sit on.

If it rains?  We'll move to the Monroe County Public Library.

Weather uncertain?  Not sure if we'll be outside or not?
Call the Community Events Hotline at 812-349-3754.

A community event presented by the Bloomington Storytellers Guild and sponsored by Monroe County Public Library and Bloomington Parks and Recreation.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Storytelling in Southern Indiana

The latest issue of 812 The Magazine  features a look at various styles of storytelling in our neck of the woods.   The section on "The Traditional Storyteller" features our own Stephanie:

Check out the article!

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Supper and a story

Well, yes, we do like to eat as well as tell stories...
and here's an occasion to do both!

Guild Gathering
June 5th
6:00 p.m.

in the back meeting room at Noodles and Company, in Eastland Plaza.

Come to nibble noodles and talk tales and telling -- bring interested friends and family -- stories not required, but if you have one you want to share please let the Guild coordinator know!

See you there!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

On sharing stories

“There are many different worlds inside a city.  The world of the rich and the world of beggars.  The world of men and the world behind the veil.  The worlds of Muslims and of Christians and of Jews….
All the worlds touch at the bazaar.  And the other place where they touch is in stories…..

If we don’t share our stories—trading them across our borders as freely as spices and ebony and silk—we will all be strangers forever.”

--Susan Fletcher,
in Shadow Spinner.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Wintertelling 2015

In cultures around the world, the long dark nights of the Winter season have been a traditional time for storytelling.  In fact, some stories in Native American traditions may only be told in Winter. And in keeping with these traditions, the storytellers of the BSG have gathered to tell stories every winter for the last twenty years.  We call our gathering "Wintertelling" and plan for early February when everyone is tired of cold and ready for some warm tales --some humorous, some serious, some familiar, some brand-new, all designed to entertain.  

This year the Wintertelling will fall on a Friday the 13th.  Shall we tell tales of luck and the capriciousness of fate?  It is Valentine's eve --shall we tell tales of love and lust?   In the cold of the season shall we tell appropriately frosty fables or switch to stories of sunshine?   You might hear any of these this year.  Come enjoy the evening with us:

Wintertelling 2015
Friday, Feb. 13
7:30 --9:00 pm
Monroe County (IN) Public Library

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A new storytelling group forming in Indianapolis

Here's the announcement:

We are a group of professional / serious storytellers who intend to form an independent Traditional Storytelling* Guild with the initial purpose of meeting once a month to work on traditional stories**; practice telling to the group, share constructive feedback and ideas.  There is no group like this that meets on a monthly basis in Central Indiana.  We will set meeting time, place and further activities based on the needs and interests of the group.
 If you are interested, please contact the guild facilitator,
Ken Oguss at TVOA@AOL.COM  or 317-938-8743

(*Traditional Storytelling here specifically means the art of speaking a recalled story as opposed to a story read aloud, or a memorized story told word-for-word.)
(** Classic, Traditional, Stories, Legends, Myths, Fables, Tall Tales, Folktales, Fairytales, Works of Fiction and Fancy, etc.  as opposed to personal or family life stories.)

Monday, October 27, 2014

It's not always a dark night...

We've told our ghost stories and supernatural tales around campfires,
in  quiet darkened rooms,
outside in the park as the sun set and night fell.
Here's an example of a another interesting setting for seasonal stories...
a mild and sunny, splendid October day,
a peaceful churchyard,
and a fine backdrop of brilliant leaves.
Perfect for slightly spooky but not too scary seasonal tales.