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Fable: The Lost Art of the Spoken Word

March 16th, 2014

Last autumn a young man, Matt Fryer, and his colleague came over from film school to interview me for a short documentary they were making on the ‘lost art of the spoken word.’ Knowing that Druidry, and Bardistry, is concerned with the oral tradition he wanted to chat. We managed to speak by the Long Man until it started raining, and then retreated back home for the last part. It’s a great short film with ‘Family Guy’ style cartoons and haunting music at the end. Congratulations Matt!

6 Responses to “Fable: The Lost Art of the Spoken Word”

  1. I love it – fantastic message, great speakers, modern, professional and evocative presentation. It’s rare to see videomaking that captures the real depth, meaning and heart we’ve all found in what is so often portrayed as a slightly eccentric, anachronistic world, and through the medium, it pulls the timeless art right into the present. True storytelling in video format.

  2. Clean, captivating, creative, and real; lovely to watch. I actually liked the transition from the physically wide open space to the indoor space that was wide open in a different way. The shelves and shelves of books seemed to hold the space for all those stories that are present even when they are not being spoken at that very moment.

  3. I think the storyteller is the first character you meet when you hear a story being told. They become something ‘other’ than the person who first walked into the room, field, forest or whatever the venue is they’ve come to to share their tales. I suppose it’s because they’re in mid-stream of their own experience of Awen. 😉

    In fact, I also think you as a listener are likewise changed as you become a lot more receptive to Awen yourself. It’s like the story leads you to the edge of the stream and you feel you simply must dip your own toes in! 😉 It can set of a kind of ‘chain reaction’ inside you and you find yourself weaving tales of your own as you wend your way home. 😉 /|

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