A cool grey day and we are off for a weekend of canoeing tomorrow. Crossed fingers for good weather would definitely be appreciated. September really does mean getting back into harness and now we have our money from the Canada Council there's no stopping us. The website is being revamped so it will be easier to see the other things 2wp does besides running its performance season. There'll be much more info about our workshops and coaching from now on. We're having to make an adjustment to our performance schedule because our financial good fortune did not spread over into success with the Ontario Arts Council. Still, dates are just about booked and promotional materials are in preparation.
Here's a sneak peak at line-up. For openers, in November, Kim Kilpatrick will be featured in her first one-woman show. It takes her, from being a child who didn't actually realize her blindness made her different from everyone else, through all the obstructions and obstacles put in her way by sundry doubters to standing firm as the person she always knew she could be. February brings the illustrious Dale Jarvis from Newfoundland in a program celebrating the 200th anniversary of the first publication of their fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm. Dale will be working with multi-instrumentalist Delf Maria Hohman. April we're into the wonders of Norse myth, weaving together the tales that would later inspire both Wagner and Tolkien. Ottawa teller, Katherine Grier, will be joining both Jennifer and me for that. Oh, those images: the gathering of the gold from the dwarf's lair; the man made dragon by his obsession with the treasure; the maiden held in the castle by the ring of fire.
So....back to promotion because that's the biggest issue (after ensuring performances of compelling artistry, of course). It's a matter that's much on my mind lately because, of course, I also have my own projects to feed into the mix. I should be getting more news of my books into the world, especially my latest When Apples Grew Noses and White Horses Flew. Tales of Ti-Jean I'm also beavering away at Jan's Storytelling Club. Partly, of course, all this is personal but truly I do have an enormous concern with making sure children continue to have access to the strength of the old tales. When it comes to the Club, I know it's not the same as having a storyteller present but I do want kids to hear those old tales told. I want young people to be able to listen over and over if they fancy it, doing what story-hearers do always -- conjure the images, breath in the characters, go on those journeys of magic and mystery.
A bit of a whine? Maybe. But as storytellers we do have to be human. We have to experience life's frustrations so we can make those frustrations real in tales we tell. What else is that sorting of the seeds which comes up so often but one more of those monumental tasks that seem impossible but can usually be managed if we just keep on plugging away? OK, so the stories often give the task-facers helpers but we're not actually lacking in those. It's just that they probably come in the form of the friend who gives us something to laugh about at just the right moment; the song we find ourselves singing; the cup of tea that gets us through.
Speaking of laughing, the two women fell into watching old British comedy clips on YouTube over the weekend. I'll pass this one on in case you're needing it. Dudley Moore in a brilliant spoof on Schubert. How he does it baffles me. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idBZPteNJxs&NR=1