Jim is a storyteller who speaks in the natural, matter-of-fact style of the fathers, horse traders, and small-town raconteurs who populated rural McHenry County, Illinois where his family has lived since the 1840's. For adult audiences, he tells original stories of growing up in the tiny Catholic farming community of Spring Grove. These stories that are at once hilarious and touching range from, "How to Become 'Most Valuable Altar Boy' (MVAB)", to horse trading tales and heart-warming memories of family life. For children he offers stories from traditional sources.
Founded in the mid 1980s, Angela Sidney, one of the last speakers of the Tagish language, had to travel all the way to Toronto in order to tell her stories to a large audience. This prompted two Yukoners to organize the first Storytelling festival in the Yukon in 1988. For the first Festival, storytellers came from six countries on four continents and joined Yukon native elders to tell and sing stories in 23 different languages, 16 Native languages, Dutch, French, Danish, English, Norwegian, Icelandic, and Ukranian. All storytellers were encouraged to tell in their first language, with a summary or full translation in English.
Beyond the Border is dedicated to promoting understanding of the world's pre-literature and oral traditions.
On the first weekend in July, this unique festival brings together some of the finest storytellers and tradition bearers from around the globe to perform in the magical surroundings of St Donats Castle on the South Wales Coast.
IASIL was formed in 1970 with the chartered aims of:
- Promoting the teaching and study of Irish literature in third-level education throughout the world
- Facilitating international contact between scholars researching in the field of Irish Literary Studies.
- Serving as a vehicle for bringing Irish writing to a wider audience throughout the world
The African Literature Association is an independent non-profit professional open to scholars, teachers and writers from every country. It exists primarily to la the attempts of a world-wide audience to appreciate the efforts of African write artists. The organization welcomes the participation of all who produce the object study and hopes for a constructive interaction between scholars and artists. The an organization affirms the primacy of the African peoples in shaping the fu African literature and actively supports the African peoples in their struggle for liberty.