There is an old Scottish traveller proverb that suggests that a story should be told "eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart". This implies that storytelling needs to be something that is live, something that is shared and experienced by many. It implies that storytelling is a collective experience, where storyteller and audiences are listening, imagining, reacting and experiencing together. A storyteller gives voice to the story and enables collective experience to unfold in space, place and time.
There is a degree of authenticity associated with the concept of the story. A story has a history, a memory, a link to time , space and place. This perceived authenticity, the knowledge embedded with a story and the experience shared by a story, gives it social, political and cultural power. A story has the power to communicate, share knowledge, persuade and teach.
The concept of the story is also imbued with a sense of magic. A story does not reveal all its detail at once, it conceals and holds back some surprises. Fact and fiction often sit side by side in stories, and stories often make the impossible seem possible. Stories also create a kind of temporal illusion- weaving together the past, present and future. Stories can also conjure up our deepest memories and emotions.
What kind of power and/or magic do stories and/or storytelling hold for you?
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many roads... ...on the journey words follow me, push me forward, and sometimes, overtake me.