Suddenly They Heard Footsteps: Storytelling for the 21st Century

Suddenly They Heard Footsteps Storytelling for the st Century Canada s best known storyteller Dan Yashinsky lives his life as teller and listener and shows how storytelling can and does create vital connections between individuals communities and families In

  • Title: Suddenly They Heard Footsteps: Storytelling for the 21st Century
  • Author: Dan Yashinsky
  • ISBN: 9780676975925
  • Page: 287
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Canada s best known storyteller, Dan Yashinsky, lives his life as teller and listener, and shows how storytelling can and does create vital connections between individuals, communities and families.In an age of instant messaging, entertainment systems and digital interaction, why is it that and people are being drawn to the art of oral storytelling As Dan YashinCanada s best known storyteller, Dan Yashinsky, lives his life as teller and listener, and shows how storytelling can and does create vital connections between individuals, communities and families.In an age of instant messaging, entertainment systems and digital interaction, why is it that and people are being drawn to the art of oral storytelling As Dan Yashinsky, one of Canada s most well known and beloved storytellers shows, an old tradition has become the new avant garde Storytelling is still very much alive in this digital age it connects us to each other, to our communities and to our past In fact, people are as hungry as they ve ever been for the wisdom and solace of told stories But they are also looking for stories that will speak to our post modern, fractured, apocalyptic age.Suddenly They Heard Footsteps is part memoir, part instruction, part cultural history, and includes tales that Dan has told to wide acclaim By turns humorous, inspiring, instructive and philosophical, Dan shows us that, like love, stories mean the most the very moment we give them away.

    One thought on “Suddenly They Heard Footsteps: Storytelling for the 21st Century”

    1. An excellent book on the current growth in Storytelling. It is obviously written from the North American, and specifically, the Canadian perspective, but that doesn't prevent its message being applicable elsewhere. It doesn't pretend t be a 'how to' guide, but does give a philosophy of telling, e.g. the differences between adapting a story and altering the meaning of a story.Recommended.

    2. Re-reading this fine volume makes me realize how much I love Yashinsky's meditations on storytelling - I also appreciate his annotated bibliography of resources - he includes some of his own stories and while some of them (I particularly like his re-telling of the Grimm's The White Snake) are excellent but others are probably better heard than read in print

    3. Even though I'm not planning to be a storyteller, I really enjoyed this. The personal stories and examples of stories Yashinsky told were interesting, and his musings on the meaning and utility of storytelling were mostly helpful (although a few things did get tedious). I'm looking forward to reading some of the books he mentioned in his list of resources.

    4. I didn't finish this book as it was due back from the library. Its worth reading, a very engaging book but I personally didn't connect with it. I am certain people who love writing, and more specifically storytelling would love this.

    5. This book is cute, and gives the reader a really warm and fuzzy feeling about how important and special it is to be a storyteller. There aren't actual telling tips, but there are some good pieces of philosophy. It was light and quick.

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