Monday, October 11, 2010

Traditional Storytelling with Ray Stothers

In this episode, I talk to Nelson's own Ray Stothers, about traditional storytelling and the Nelson Arts & Heritage Festival. We talk about what storytelling is, what separates it from other art forms, what it's purpose is in our modern world, and how his love for storytelling has translated into his co-organizing the Nelson Arts & Heritage Festival. We talk about what's worked well, in organizing the festival, and what lessons they've learned along the way.

My favourite part is when Ray talks about how everyone takes different pieces or filaments from stories, and it's in those filaments that we grow and remember ourselves. Very cool.

There are some excellent songs along the way. The first is Gravel & Dust, by The Strip; Song for Our So-Called Friend, by Okkervil River; Halo, by Bloc Party; and finally, on Ray's request, Twenty Five, by local Aspen Switzer.

The valedictorian speech that Ray & I discuss is available here.

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