Thursday, January 11, 2018

Stories - Impacting Speaker and Listener: Stor e Telling January February March 2017

Chanticleer and Dan Russell
by Frank Adams, 1920
The New Year is here and it is time to begin sharing my Storytelling Magazine columns from 2017. The magazine is a membership benefit of the National Storytelling Network.  If you are interested in getting fabulous articles from around the world, featuring renowned storytellers and educators, along with my most recent column, join us at  I will not be sharing anything from any 2018 publications until 2019 rolls around.

This issue focused on the varied ways stories impact the speaker and the listener. Below are a few articles and a TEDX talk to add to the discussion.

The Importance of Telling Our Stories “Telling our stories is not an end in itself, but an attempt to release ourselves from them, to evolve and grow beyond them.”

The Power of Being Relatable - An interesting article on the use of story in business by young entrepreneurs.

The Science of Storytelling: What Listening to a Story Does To Our Brains - Exciting research on how the teller and the listener’s brain synchronize.

This Is Your Brain on Communication –  A TEDX talk by neuroscientist Uri Hasson who “researches the basis of human communication, and experiments from his lab reveal that even across different languages, our brains show similar activity, or become "aligned," when we hear the same idea or story.

Your Brain on Fiction – “Brain scans are revealing what happens in our heads when we read a detailed description, an evocative metaphor or an emotional exchange between characters. Stories, this research is showing, stimulate the brain and even change how we act in life.”

On January 28 the Chinese New Year begins and 2017 is The Year of the Rooster. Below are some tales to add to the celebration.

The Brave Rooster - Latvia

The Cat and the Rooster – Ukraine

The Fighting Roosters and the Eagle – Aesop

The Frankfurt Rooster - Germany

Half Rooster – Albania

The Old Woman’s Rooster - Aesop

The Polecat and the Rooster - Khmer

Reynard and Chanticleer - Norway

The Rooster - Ethiopia

The Rooster and the Pearl – Aesop

The Rooster’s Lament – China

Storie of Cinderlaras - Indonesia

The Tale of the Golden Cockerel - Russia

The Weathercock on St. Stephen’s Cathedral - Austria

March 1 is National Pig Day, devoted to celebrating their place as one of man’s most intellectual and domesticated animals.

The Dog and the Pig - India

The Enchanted Pig – Andrew Lang 

The Pig That Went to Church - United States

The Old Woman and Her Pig - England

The Sheep and the Pig Who Set Up House - Norway

The Story of the Three Little Pigs - England

The Three Green Men of Glen Nevis - Scotland

April 15 is Husband Appreciation Day so of course you must have some stories to share!

The Clever Husband and Wife - Philippines

The Husband Who Was to Mind the House – Norway

The Jealous Husband - Roma

The Mermaid’s Comb – Cornish

Three Feathers - England
At the link below you will find the blog which lists all of the columns I wrote in 2016, each with a synopsis to help you find what you may be seeking. At the end of the blog you will also find links to all of the columns from 2002 – 2015. At the time they were posted all of the links were active. If you find a dead link please let me know and I will do my best to find the updated source.

1001 Nights to 2001 Story Resources IV: Stor e Telling 2016


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