Hello and welcome. My e-book promo continues this week, I hope you check out my book and some of the other great books that are included, books celebrating nature and the outdoors. This week I spent time exploring Yorkshire and the festival of Story. I take in some storytellers, listen to Annie Ross and more. Please join me for “5” things I found interesting this week and I want to share with you.
1. This week I am happy to report on a virtual storytellers festival that I am attending as an observer, the Yorkshire Festival of Story. Joanne Harris informed me and other members of her newsletter about it, she is the author in residence for this year’s festival. The festival normally runs for a weekend in August. This year, as a virtual festival it will run for the month of August.
2. At the festival mentioned above, I became fascinated by storytellers. Clare Murphy treated families to a story on the first day of the festival. The reading was at 6 am North America time, fortunately, the Crowdcast live videos can be seen later and are available for 24 hours. A wonderful example of her storytelling when a live show was, the thing, at a festival in 2016.
Impressed and inspired by Clare’s performance, I feel the need to be much more entertaining when I read my stories. Thank you Clare.
3. Annie Ross passed away on July 21st, I only became aware of her passing while listening to my Sunday morning jazz radio show Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey. I enjoyed Annie Ross’s singing, especially with Lambert, Hendricks and Ross. And her song “Twisted” made famous by Joni Mitchell, many actually think Joni wrote it. I spent my holiday Monday, (a civic holiday in Canada), listening and watching old T.V shows featuring Ms. Ross.
When the IAJE convention came to Toronto back in 2006 I attended and I met up with Jon Hendricks. He gave me a promotional copy of his new CD, L, H & R Redux, a band that included Hendricks, his daughter, Aria, and her childhood friend, Kevin Burke.
4. My basement library was hiding an old book, a rare and beautiful find. Published in 1912, Prattles For Boys and Girls, the inscription on the back cover, To Marguerite, From Aunt Ruth, Henry and Nora with Love. A birthday gift to my mother from her Aunt and Uncle?
A compilation of short stories, poems and historical narratives; some as short as a few lines and some are several pages long, all with illustrations. The book contains quite a number of beautiful colour illustrations from American artists such as Joseph Warren, Alice Beach Winter and Phoebe Pickering Jenks. Having been inspired by the storytellers at the Yorkshire Festival of Story, I am exploring the possibility of reading some of these strange old stories to children during these strange times.
5. My viewing pleasure this week included a fantastic glimpse into life on Okinawa;
Okinawa is an island to the southwest of Kyushu, the southernmost island of Japan. A place that I remember with fondness I wrote about it shortly after my visit in 2002, Japan: Ancient Traditions… part 1.
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