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Storytelling in the Moment
Exploring a Contemporary Verbal Art in Britain and Ireland
Michael Howes




Academia
2014 • 270 pp. 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Comparative Linguistics / Literary Criticism - English / Oral Hist / Britain & Ireland

$33.00 Paperback, 978-90-382-2199-1



“This work offers storytellers a mirror to reflect on their work and practice in the light of their peers’ experience, but also throws down a... [continued in Reviews below]”—Janet Dowling, Facts & Fiction

A wide-ranging, multidisciplinary yet accessible exploration of contemporary verbal storytelling in Britain and Ireland

It comes as a surprise to many that the elemental human impulse to tell stories, far from being the exclusive realm of children’s bedtime, long-forgotten civilizations and remote cultures, is also a burgeoning creative art form here, now, in twenty-first century, post-industrial societies. Storytelling in the Moment is a wide-ranging, multidisciplinary yet accessible exploration of contemporary verbal storytelling in Britain and Ireland. Primary research focuses attention on the working practices of today’s storytellers, the role of the listener/participant in a storytelling event, the informal groups and established organizations that sustain its development, the multifaceted roles that storytelling now plays in our society and the complex network interconnections that link its component parts. It also seeks to reveal how an emergent, grassroots, socio-cultural movement can become ubiquitous in society but pass largely unnoticed by a wider public in an age of global mass-media. The sometimes unconventional research methodologies, narrative forms and conversational style of this study owes much to the author’s extended careers as filmmaker of music, arts, humanities and public service documentaries and as screenmedia consultant to UK and worldwide governments and international agencies.

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“This work offers storytellers a mirror to reflect on their work and practice in the light of their peers’ experience, but also throws down a challenge to some of the accepted practices and mind-sets, whilst pointing out that other performing arts have a lot to offer the practice and management of storytelling . . . A snapshot in a moment of time of the oral storytelling world in the UK . . . a fascinating record of the diversity and richness of approaches to storytelling.”—Janet Dowling, Facts & Fiction



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