The World Storytelling Café asked me to record a 45 minute set of stories to put up on their site. I’m flattered and slightly hesitant. 45 minutes? Recorded? Can’t I do it live? Although we have agreed I’ll do a live sharing session, with stories, songs and discussion as part of Duncan project, they wanted me to do a straight storytelling recorded set first.
Well, I have been doing more and more online – getting used to Zoom, seeing myself on screen – and my experience of telling live online has been much better than I thought it would be! I love that I really can still feel the audience there – feel the umbrella of shared space created in telling a story, jointly creating the story between storyteller and listener to make a shared world. I didn’t think it would happen – but it does.
So, here is the next challenge – recording rather than live. At first, I decided not to think too much about it, to just sit at the computer and get on with it. I know the more I think about it, the more I’ll get in a tizzwazz. It will turn into a big thing and I’ll make a pig’s ear of it. Then almost instantly, serendipitously, into my inbox came an invitation from Beyond the Border to a free ‘how to record your story’ webinar. I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth, so up I signed and put off recording my WSC set until after the webinar.
I’m not sure the webinar was a good or a bad thing for me. Continue reading “Live or Recorded – Does it matter?”