Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Anansi Boys

I just finished listening to "Anansi Boys" by Neil Gaiman. A fun book set in modern day times but with lots of references to magic and the way the world used to be when the animals could talk. It has great references to Anansi and all the stories about the trickster spider. A couple of the folktales are even included. I'm sure the book is a good read but if you are interested at all in performance storytelling then definitely get the CD (libraries). The narrator is masterful with accents and characterization.

The power of story is throughout this little book. Read/listen to this book and let your imagination run wild.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Central Park New York Storytelling.

For anyone in the New York City area or for anyone who might find themselves there below is a link with a schedule of tellings that will be happening at the Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park. This series has been happening for several years now on Saturday mornings from 11-12. A professional teller shares tales of HC Andersen and other artists. The location is beautiful, outside and at the feet of the statue of a master storyteller. The stories are appropriate for anyone over 5. Best of all, its FREE!

Here is the link, check it out.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Who Is Anansi

For anyone familiar with world folk tales you probably already have a good handle on who Anansi is. For those of you new to the folk world or to the story world then google Anansi and see what you get. Pages and pages of information on the trickster spider from Africa. Better you should read some of that information instead of me just repeating what has already been said.