Live Storytelling

logoI was wanting a snooze earlier and to send me off was listing to a The Moth podcast which, naturally, kept me awake for the duration but that’s by the by. The setup of The Moth interests me. Here’s the story:

The Moth, a not-for-profit storytelling organization, was founded in New York in 1997 by poet and novelist George Dawes Green, who wanted to recreate in New York the feeling of sultry summer evenings on his native St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, where he and a small circle of friends would gather to spin spellbinding tales on his friend Wanda’s porch. After moving to New York, George missed the sense of connection he had felt sharing stories with his friends back home, and he decided to invite a few friends over to his New York apartment to tell and hear stories. Thus the first “Moth” evening took place in his living room. Word of these captivating story nights quickly spread, and The Moth moved to bigger venues in New York.

Sounds a bit like Paul Murphy’s Songwriter’s Cafe only less songs, more stories. Not being a songwriter I’m more drawn towards the story side, particularly the live aspect. I’ve gotten much more comfortable talking to an audience these last few years and it seems a natural sidestep from blogging.

I was also thinking of Fray, more specifically the Fray Cafe at SXSWi which I took part in in 2008. Here a small roster of experienced storytellers provide the structure for anyone to come up and perform. The only rule is it must be a true story and it must be under 5 minutes.

When I did my Fray stint my legs were wobbling and typing this now the idea of telling a story on stage scares me a little, and I think that’s a good thing. So I want to see this happen.

The question is where? We’ve got a fire pit at the bottom of the garden ripe for some late night action. The MAC seems open to small scale activites of a cultural bent. Maybe something inbetween?

Consider this the planting of a seed. Let me know if it grows into anything.

Update: Fi’s pointed out the Storytelling Cafe at Kitchen Garden Cafe which is nice and local but seven pounds? Really?

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One Response to Live Storytelling

  1. Paul Murphy says:

    I think this is a great idea. You are most welcome to use ‘under the treehouse’ to host it in. Last week we ran SWC as live audio stream. You can listen again on A simple, unobtrusive set-up and great for storytelling.