The Itinerant Storyteller

Told by Ruth Stotter

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Why do we tell stories? What does our audience want from their storytelling experience? How do we prepare and perform our stories? This modified Zen story tries to address some of these questions and, hopefully, provides some answers. One of the reasons I like this story is that it reminds me why I became a storyteller. Performance is important and of equal importance are the non-literal messages we convey – the sub-texts. In this piece, the story within-the-story is structured as a reverse-frame story. Momotaro is a well-known traditional Japanese folktale.

About Ruth

Ruth performs and offers a variety of workshops including her Storytelling Intensive which provides a tool-box of tips and techniques. She is an addicted world traveler, a playwright and competitive croquet player. Her books are available on

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4 thoughts on “The Itinerant Storyteller”

  1. HI everyone
    I am so excited about this blog! To connect with other Tellers seems a dream come true. TELLING has been part of my life for years and years and now … yes … we can connect. I am planning to go to the festival in OCT.
    hope to meet some of you there!

  2. Much fun! I told the Nightingale once to some children, and a boy in the front stretched out and fell asleep—no small accomplishment given the large gong that I rang several times. His classmates looked a bit embarrassed by his “inattentiveness,” but his teacher came up afterward and thanked me: “That’s the first time I’ve seen this boy relax all year.” ;-}

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