Saturday, June 25, 2016

Plein Air Storytelling, or, The Guild Gets Out

While one of us was telling "Six Legged Stories" at the annual "Bug Fest" in Bloomington,

Another teller was masterfully entertaining groups at the New Harmony Arts and Music Festival.
And yet another storyteller was preparing to present tales for Cub Scouts out in the woods.

Summer is the time to take stories outside!

Monday, April 11, 2016

Brave people

“Sometimes, when you listen to a story, you get a new idea of what’s possible in the world.  I don’t mean just strange customs and faraway places – though you can learn a lot from those.  What I mean is that you can get a new idea of what’s possible for you –something you never thought of, or you never saw very much in real life.

 When I’m scared, I like to think about the brave people in stories I know.  And I think, Maybe I could be like that.”

--Susan Fletcher

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Wintertelling Coming Up


a time for telling warming stories

perhaps something that makes you think or wonder

perhaps something that brings a smile to your face

perhaps a time to tell secrets of the beings who sleep during the winter and so won't hear what you are telling about them

Time for the Bloomington Storytelling Guild's annual WINTERTELLING.  Gather with us at the Monroe County Public Library Auditorium on Friday, February 12 at 7:00 pm to listen to a collection of warm tales from our member tellers.

IF you are interested in telling, please email the Guild and also plan to bring your story to the AUDITIONS on Sunday, January 31, 3:30 to 5:00 pm at the Monroe County Public Library.

Cup of hot tea optional.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Do you wonder about fairy tales being "updated?"

Sometimes tellers feel that they mustn't change an old fairy tale.  Here's an interesting take on that from the book Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked.

" important thing...that most scholars failed to acknowledge until recently -- is that fairy tales change.  In fact, fairy tales have remarkable mercurial properties.  They adapt to the weather, to local fashions, and to the mindset of each new teller and audience.

They record regional cuisines and local hairstyles -- and of course, more important things. ... they catalog not only broad elements of human experience but also the particular details of each day and age.  They express our collective truths, even as these truths change beneath our noses.

And part of their magic lies in the fact that as they do they provide not only a glimpse into our present concerns but also a record of our past."

--Catherine Orenstein

Monday, November 9, 2015

2015 Festival of Ghost Stories fades into history

Oh, we had a fine time at the Festival of Ghost Stories.
Sure, there were some (literally) cold feet -- and noses and ears, too. 
 But really the weather was just fine for the event.
The audience was wrapped up warmly and ready to listen to our tales.
 Stephanie welcomed everyone and got the evening off to an appropriately yucky start with the sort of urban legend that makes everyone go "eeewwww".
The stories followed-- some serious, some suspenseful, some ironic, some amusing, some just plain spooky -- and all entertaining.
I do hope you were in the audience since we didn't tape the telling this year.
And it was really worth hearing!

Thanks to : 
Monroe County Public Library
Bloomington Department of Parks and Recreation
the volunteers who poured the hot apple cider
and to
Barry Lively, for the photos!

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.