1. STORIES IN KENSINGTON
Anne Sheldon and Bill Mayhew told stories tonight at the Kensington Storytelling and it was a good evening. Grateful to Elie Sola-Hopper, owner of the Kensington Row Bookshop for giving stories the space for the past two years - and for inviting stories back for another year beginning in September. In a few weeks I will post the 2009/2009 schedule for Telling Stories in Kensington
2. STARRYTELLING FESTIVAL
The Starrytelling Festival is more than storytelling - its a celebration of Galileo, Astronomy and Arts and Education. Workshops, storytelling and many other attractions. Originator and Producer Elizabeth Wallace has created a very special week-end for all ages - July 18, 19 and 20. She has a line-up of presenters that includes scientists, educators, dancers and storytellers. Lynn Moroney from Oklahoma is a featured teller along with NASA -astronomer-storyteller, Tim Livingood, Linda Fang and Gail Herman. I am delighted to be telling with them. If you are in this area - check out the website - you won't want to miss it.
For my set at the Starrytelling Festival I have a new story. I am combining an African folktale with a personal story drawn from memories of my trip to Kenya in 1985. The inky black skies and brilliant stars over Amboseli Park on a July night left me with an unforgettable image.
That trip was such a memorable experience, especially the opportunity to see the animals roaming free as they should - under pure skies.
3. STORYTELLING AT THE DC FRINGE FESTIVAL
The DC Fringe Festival starts in a few days and this year there is a strong presence for storytelling: 2 shows produced by Speakeasydc, Gail Rosen from Baltimore is presenting her stellar one-woman show about a Holocaust Survivor and Rivka Willick, storyteller from NJ, has a one-woman show, LABOR DAZE. Tickets are on sale now. Check the DC Fringe website.
Personal note: I have seen Gail Rosen's show and it is an emotionally compelling story wonderfully told.