Sunday, August 11, 2013

Slow and Steady Wins the Race: Stor e Telling March April 2008

Hare and Tortoise
Milo Winter, 1919
I have penned the Stor E Telling column since January of 2002 and the articles from 2002-2006 are the publications page of my website found here

I will be adding the columns from 2007 to 2012 to that page as well. However, I am in the process of checking what link URL's have changed or are now defunct. It is a time consuming process so I am taking the “slow and steady” approach via Aesop and will post the individual columns on my blog for now.

I will not be adding current columns until the following year, so if you want immediate access to the newest websites, consider becoming a member of the
National Storytelling Network.

Please feel free to comment on the blog and let me know if you find this useful. I love hearing from you!


The business end of things…

Download Free - Little Red Riding Hood, our old friend Jack, and other famous fairytale folks can be found here. To the right you will also find links to other free clip art photos in a number of categories, including holiday, animal and nature photos.

Google Book Search - A boon to storytellers around the world; many books are in the public domain and can be downloaded in their entirety for free. Copyrighted material can be reviewed; however, not all of the pages will be viewable.

Publicity - Publicity expert Joan Stewart shows you how to use free publicity to establish your credibility, offering resources, free articles and a free e-zine. - Have you ever tried to paste an incredibly long URL into your browser, only to have it break? Well this new tool is sheer genius! Copy and paste a long URL into the “Make tiny URL” box and reduces it cuts to manageable size. Brilliant!

The link below was not part of the original article but I decided to include it here since it speaks to the tools we use as performance artists.

The Tools of the Trade

It will soon be time for the wearin o’ the green! Here are four sites to help you dish the blarney with the best of them! These four sites are books spanning from 1893 to 1920. They are in the public domain and may be downloaded for free.

Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms and Superstitions of Ireland
From 1902 a wonderful antique book full of tales and information by Lady Wilde, mother of Oscar Wilde.

The Celtic Twilight - Offered by William Butler Yeats and published in 1893, he writes in the forward, “I have invented nothing but my own comments and one or two deceitful sentences that may keep some poor storytellers discourse with the devils and the angels….”

Irish Fairy Tales - Brought to you by James Stephens all the way from 1920; beginning with The Story of Tuan Mac Cairill and ending with Mongan’s Frenzy.

Irish Fairy Tales, Folklore and Legend - Illustrated by Geoffrey Strahan and published in 1904 this book offers a variety of English, Scottish and Irish folk-lore.

Yes, everyone is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day but I thought I should offer some other story sites as well.

Folklife in Louisiana - This site offers a wide range of information on collecting local, folklore, exploring communities and traditions, adaptable lesson plans, and stories!

Virtual Chad - Five stories from the country of Chad along with additional information links on the culture, language, animals and literature of the country.

Let’s not forget that March is also Women’s History Month. - The history of Women’s Suffrage, achievements, Hall of Fame, timeline and additional resources.

The Library of Congress: Women’s History Month - Features biographies, audio clips, images, classroom materials, and links to relevant collections and exhibits.

Women in American Folklore -Heroines, strong women, witches, ghosts and curious girls are ready to welcome you.

The link below was not part of the original article but I offer it here now. The blog post is dedicated to Women’s History Month and offers a number of additional resources.

Celebrate Women's History Month - Women in "Her"story!

Silver white winters that melt into spring these are a few of my favorite things…The flowers will soon be in bloom and that calls for some stories about spring and the sun!

How the Sun Was Rescued
Saving Spring
The Spring Beauty
Why Cats Sit on the Doorstep in the Sun

And if you missed any of the pervious “Slow and Steady…” blog posts here are the links to the series thus far.


January February 2007
March April 2007
May June 2007
July August 2007
September October 2007
November December 2007


January February 2008



Karen Chace 2013 ©

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