How many of us can recall when someone last told us story? I don’t mean just showed us a tablet screen, or plonked us down in front of a TV, but told us story which stirred our imagination, transported us to new unseen worlds, or imparted to us a message or information which has stayed with us over the years?
I would hope, for all our sakes, that all of us can remember many such times, as so many stories lie all around us just waiting to sung, drawn, painted, created, or simply told, but I was saddened to read of a university in Wales creating post for professor in Storytelling.
My concern is very, very, simple. How have we gone so wrong that we even need to consider creating such position, let alone actually doing so.
From cave paintings to modern electronic script the need for storytelling, in all its diverse forms, has enriched our minds and cultures to a degree which few us can truly appreciate. So have we gone wrong, or is the post a valid and sincere attempt to address a problem which maybe bedevils our lives. A spokesperson from the university defends the role by stating the following.
Storytelling is a key way in which we engage. It’s empowering people to tell their stories about different experiences and in their own terms.
‘When you walk into a GP surgery, both the clinician and patient have a story to tell. It’s not only how patients can tell their stories but how they can make sense of their own experience.
‘It’s hugely traumatic dealing for patients but we can work to better understand and help improve storytelling on both sides to have a positive outcome’.
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Maybe this is true, and when listening to or reading so much infantile use of language in so much of today’s society, it would be very easy to sympathise if not agree with such a statement, but in doing so would we not be missing a far more important problem as regards storytelling which, in so many forms , faces us all i.e that of a lack of, or poor usage, of time?
It is almost immaterial which form of storytelling in involved if inadequate time is allowed, mage, or given for that story to be told. Why so, well, how can you transmit or receive a story of message if you cannot allocate adequate time for such a sequence to occur. It has been said that just as time is our greatest enemy, so it is also our enemies greatest friend, and that is a statement I endorse to the fool so why do we allow ourselves to become our own greatest enemy?
what is almost as disturbing is the fact that many of ourselves decline to accept the status of a story-teller, but how can this be so when a typical definition of a story teller runs as follows?
Storyteller, Story Teller, or Story-Teller may refer to: Narrator, a storyteller within a story. Oral storytelling, traditional relation of history and culture. Storytelling, the conveying of events in words, images and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment.
By such a definition are we not all storytellers, and is this not an art which we should all embrace and enjoy?
This post is drawing to a close now, but I can think of no better way to end, apart from a couple of video’s, than by telling a story, which, sadly is all to true.
A few years ago I was in a house with two young children, and by their request, and their parents consent, I would read them a bed time story. At one point their nephew came to stay and he was aged approx 11-13 as far as I can recall. Upon hearing of me reading bedtime stories he asked whether I would do the same for him. I was surprised by such a request and told him that I would do so with the consent of his aunt, the mother of the first two children. This was given but before I began this new venture I asked him whether he was maybe a little old for bedtime stories. His reply was as tragic as it was simple, for in his own words,
“No-one had ever read me a story.”
Granted this was over 15 years ago, if not more, but if such a message was pertinent then, is it any less pertinent now. Surrounding us all are young minds bursting with a need for experience and information, and our own minds as adults never need to tire for the same, so why don’t we all embrace the role of a storyteller?. why don’t we all stand tall, regardless or race , creed, or culture, and reach out so that others may benefit from our experience, or even walk by our side.
If you have time to do so, I hope you enjoy the videos below.