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By Gabrielle Cliff Hodges

Deals research of quite a lot of narratives - oral, visible and written. The members contain writers, lecturers, critics, lecturers and a museum educator. The booklet is designed to entice institution academics and people considering the learn of kid's literature.

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She told her stories thoughtfully, accurately, with wonderful vividness, and evidently had delight in doing so. (Dorson, 1968) That is how Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm described a village woman from near Kassel who provided them with a number of tales during the first decade of the 19thcentury. My second storyteller is the redoubtable Peig Sayers, who lived on the Blasket Islands until they were evacuated in the 1930s. She recorded many tales on Ediphone cylinders and, in the words of Seosamn 6 Daleigh: Great artist and wise woman that she was, Peig would at once switch from gravity to gaiety, for she was a light-hearted woman, and her changes of mood and face were like the changes of running water.

As I tell the story they are speaking through me. I am a medium, I am part of a game of Chinese whispers that has been going on for hundreds of years. Even if the storyteller is taking the tale from a book, he or she can be sure that the printed word represents only a small part of the story's life. It has been carried on the tongue before and it is being returned to its proper medium. As Alan Garner has written, the life of the traditional stories is 'in the music; it is in the language: not phonetics, grammar and syntax, but pitch and cadence and the colour of the word' (Garner, 1984).

And so it was on the particular night of my story, the telling and the singing began. One person followed another and the farmer sat and listened, sometimes laughing, sometimes 28 Tales, Tellers and Texts wiping a tear from the corner of his eye. Hour followed hour in what seemed like no time at all. The bottles and the barrels began to grow empty and still the stories and songs continued. Now, all evening Jimmy had been sitting among the shadows at the back of the barn trying not to catch the farmer's eye.

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