Storytelling Technique (1)

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  • Teideal (Title): Storytelling Technique (1).
  • Uimhir Chatalóige Ollscoil Washington (University of Washington Catalogue Number): 841402.
  • Uimhir Chnuasach Bhéaloideas Éireann (National Folklore of Ireland Number): none.
  • Uimhir Roud (Roud Number): none.
  • Uimhir Laws (Laws Number): none.
  • Uimhir Child (Child Number): none.
  • Cnuasach (Collection): Joe Heaney Collection, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Teanga na Croímhíre (Core-Item Language): Irish and English.
  • Catagóir (Category): storytelling style.
  • Ainm an té a thug (Name of Informant): Joe Heaney.
  • Ainm an té a thóg (Name of Collector): Joan Rabinowitz.
  • Dáta an taifeadta (Recording Date): 07/04/1982.
  • Suíomh an taifeadta (Recording Location): University of Washington, United States of America.
  • Ocáid an taifeadta (Recording Occasion): radio programme (KRAB).
  • Daoine eile a bhí i láthair (Others present): Fredric Lieberman.
  • Stádas chóipcheart an taifeadta (Recording copyright status): unavailable.

Joe discusses various aspects of storytelling technique; also what does and does not constitute worthy material to put in a story.

Joe’s mother’s uncle, Big Pat Mulkerrin, Pat Mór Mhichil Shéamais, was a very highly-regarded storyteller who died very young. The stories he had, nobody else had.

The right way to tell a story is to tell it; not to act it out, not to change your voice and dramatize it. From this, Joe leads into an abbreviated telling of the beginning of The King of Ireland’s Son and the Raven.