Someone sent me an email a couple of days ago, wanting to know what would be the best storytelling library to have. There are many books on the market claiming to teach how to become a storyteller, how to apply storytelling or how to win fame, riches and power via storytelling. In addition there are plenty of recordings and especially short videos around storytelling, so what would really be the best library to have?
All those materials are just collateral. I’ve got tones of them at home. I’ve even been through most of them. Did I learn much? Not really and when I did it was because I’m already a mature storyteller, so I could recognize the essence from the subordinate. If I wasn’t I might have been captivated by the promises.
The best storytelling library is comprised of two sections – original oral texts put to the page and listening to a hell of a lot of storytellers in live performance or when they speak about their work.
P.S. A lot of what I’m reading about ‘something storytelling’ or ‘storytelling for something’ makes me think many of those writers have never actually met a storyteller face to face.