“A human being is nothing but a story with skin around it.” Fred Allen
My love and respect for stories, and the important role they play in our lives, can be traced back to my childhood years and, specifically, time spent with my Granny Jamieson (my mother’s mother). She was nothing short of magical in her ability to weave excitement and narrative into what others might consider rather mundane, everyday events.
It seemed that there were more stories back then – but perhaps this was because people provided more space for them to emerge, more attention to coax them out, and were more eager to listen as they unfolded. And, stories were primarily local; told by and about people and places that were familiar to their audience. Nowadays we have the luxury of receiving stories from across the globe, delivered at a time, and on a screen, of our choosing. But I believe we still need to hear, and share stories from, and about, the people we live, work and play with. I created a one-woman show dedicated to my Granny’s legacy and if you’re interested in learning more about her, and the gift she gave me, here’s a link to a Literary Landscapes radio interview with CKCU FM’s Kate Hunt recorded prior to my one-woman show at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa on April 27, 2017. My hope is that a little of Granny’s enthusiasm for creating and sharing stories will inspire you to do the same.