This page affords me the wonderful opportunity to celebrate storytellers, or raconteurs, and their shared experiences. Here you’ll find a collection of thoughts, quotes, and posts about the storytellers who bring our rich and textured world to life. I hope it proves to be as meaningful to you as it has been to me in the acts of listening, collecting, and sharing.
Ractoneur: “A person who tells anecdotes in a skillful and amusing way.” (site)
To honor the universality of storytelling, here are the ways you say story/storyteller/storytelling in some of my favorite languages. French: Raconteur; Estonian: Jutuvestja; Spanish: Cuentista; Latin: Relator; Dutch: Verteller; Italian: Narratore; Ancient Greek: Mythos; Swahilli: Sheha; Amharic: Teret
“There is something in us, as storytellers and as listeners to stories, that demands the redemptive act, that demands that what falls at least be offered the chance to be restored.”
–Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose