JATAKA TALES BY SHARPE
Come in from the cold and damp on February 1st for First Friday StoryNight featuring a distinctive set of ancient stories originating from India. Quimper Storytelling Guild is pleased to host featured teller, Erran Sharpe of Port Angeles, who will present "Buddhist Jataka Tales”. Sharpe states that “for two thousands years these stories have remained a font of wisdom; their simple teachings, often involving animals, have cultivated awareness in countless eager listeners”. The evening continues with up to 6 short stories by attendee tellers; sign-up is on a first come basis. Emcee Perry Spring will conclude the evening with a story-song in keeping with the theme. Event is held from 7 to 9 pm in the Port Townsend Friends Meetinghouse, 1841 Sheridan Street.
“I have been using stories in my therapy practice for many years to illustrate growth, healing, and change” states Sharpe. Erran is now drawn to also share stories with larger audiences, and become a key leader of the Story People of Clallam County. The Jataka (literally, birth) tales that Sharp shares date back to 300 B.C. They may involve elephants, kings, or outcasts whose troubles and challenges are transformed through virtues of an unlikely incarnation of Buddha. In his previous lives, Erran Sharpe has been a shy intellectual, a mountain goat roper, a sea kayaking companion of orcas and sea lions, a judgmental husband, and a bike racer. He has not reached his birth of enlightenment yet, but is striving to share love and kindness as a husband, father, African drummer, therapist, and storyteller. Many folks on the Olympic Peninsula know Erran through drum circle leadership, or his effective, unassuming service for events such as the Juan De Fuca Festival and monthly Contra dances. “Erran is a compelling storyteller who bring a rich genre of stories that captivate and inspire listeners” states evening’s emcee and guild co-organizer Perry Spring.
Now in its 10th season, First Friday StoryNight is a communal exploration of the art and ritual of the oral tradition including the old myths, folktales, fairy tales, ballads, family, personal and modern stories.This is one of two monthly events the Quimper Storytelling Guilds hosts to enhance the the craft of storytelling and the appricational oral stories in the communities of Jefferson County.
The Guild's Third Sundayen StoryCrafting Story Swap is for aspiring and expericed tellers to hone their craft in a supportive environment Held at the Port Townsend Library Learning Center; 1220 Lawrence Street, the next swap is February 17th and begins promptly at 2 pm. First 90 minutes consists of short story swap (5 to 7 minutes each), time to feed the story or teller, and story crafting activities. Swap sign-up is on a first come basis. Social time, refreshments, and guild business meeting follows from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.
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