The Verb celebrates National Storytelling week with a programme dedicated to the art of telling tales.
Ian's guests include the singer songwriter Boo Hewerdine and the storyteller Rachel Rose Reid.
Producer: Cecile Wright.
Rachel Rose Reid
For storyteller Rachel Rose Reid, her art is all about listening, and she would choose a small rapt audience over a stadium crowd any day. It is an exciting time for Rachel as storytelling is expanding to meet an appetite for other voices and other stories. She shares with us some work in progress that examines the tensions between oral and literary cultures.
Singer songwriter Boo Hewerdine took inspiration from the stories of the child migrants sent overseas as part of government schemes, often never to see their homes or families again. His song ‘The Man I am’, uses a composite of stories, but began with a single photo. Boo’s song appears on the album ‘The Ballads of Child Migration: songs for Britain’s Child Migrants’ (Smooth Operations), which accompanies the Museum of Childhood’s exhibition on child migrants ‘On Their Own’
Based on her time living in Cuba, her story collection ‘Breathe’ (lubin & kleyner) aims to tell stories about Cuba that are outside of the traditional narrative about the place and its people. While living in Cuba and speaking Spanish, Leila found her brain ‘cracked open’ with the new language, allowing her to access different emotions and become a different kind of writer.
The poet and performer Luke Wright finds his stories in the smallest scraps of language. In Luke’s latest show, the poetic story ‘What I Learned From Johnny Bevan’, he abandons his third person style to become the protagonist. Inspired by Brideshead Revisited, it tells the story of a friendship between two very different men from very different backgrounds. What I learned from Johnny Bevan is at the Soho theatre. Details here.