Hold to the story

Actors do not step through the imaginary fourth wall when performing on stage.
Neither should you, the storyteller.
A listener should not see you before them, once your story has begun.
In her mind’s eye she must see the roiling sea, the frozen lake, the tumbling water of the high mountain places; hear the soft snow falling, a child laughing.
Her breath must be held, in wonder and anticipation, her certainty challenged.
For then, the story has taken flight and you are its wings.
Your voice has fashioned an image with words as evocative as the picture the writer makes with a pen.
Now is not the time to introduce personal opinion: for it is worth nothing.
The listener will wonder who you are.
For you have forgotten.
You are the storyteller; not the story.
Hold to the story and all will be well

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Dublin Folk Tales is published by the History Press.
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ISBN 978-1-84588-728-5

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