Studium Generale welcomes the Storypeople of Clallam County to once again kick-off the Forest Storytelling Festival, an international conference of stories, held on the Peninsula College campus each year. Four local storytellers, Pat Peterson, Pamela Blakeman, Akasha Atherton, and Ingrid Nixon, will share their talent for telling tales on Thursday, October 19, from 12:35 pm-1:25pm in the Little Theater.
Wearing her sensible shoes, bun, and bifocals, Pat Peterson has journeyed for years discovering new tales and willing listeners. Personal stories and tales with a twist are among her favorites. She tells to all ages in a variety of locations from festivals to classrooms, parks to the opening of a bagel shop.
"At the end, our souvenirs are friends made and stories shared,” Peterson said. “With each tale told, with every listener, comes the opportunity to entertain possibilities."
Pamela Blakeman enjoys telling stories about people - and says most of them are mostly true. This is her third year as part of Clallam Story People. Friends had told her she was a storyteller but it was not until she attended workshops at the festivals and the winter seminar that she realized there is a true craft to storytelling. Her stories come mostly from family life, friendships, and her 40 years as a nurse. She opened at last year's festival and regularly tells Bible stories at kids’ church.
Akasha Atherton says she always struggled with knowing when to shut up. As likely to talk during class as turn in a paper twice the assigned length, her teachers weren’t sure if she needed more encouragement or increased discipline. To provide both, they preached the gospel of editing multiple drafts and, reluctantly, she acted as they bid. The result: a child with mountains of material, written and verbal, constantly looking for an audience on which to perfect it. Mixed reviews continue coming in. Now, she listens a bit more and generally takes a moment to consider before speaking. She appreciates the power one lends another simply by listening to them and enjoys little else more than swapping stories.
Nixon is a world-traveling storyteller who whisks listeners away on journeys of the imagination. Exploration nail-biters, tall tales, traditional, and personal stories—she tells them all on international expeditions and at venues around the country, including the National Storytelling Festival. Her creative approaches to story crafting help make ancient tales relevant to modern audiences. Her first CD, Grimm’s with a Twist, is a Storytelling World award winner. It offers deliciously dark stories spiced liberally with humor and pathos. Her second recording, Operation Bouncy Chair, features personal stories about the important things in life: family, love, and coffee. She is a champion liar many times over, a claim that makes her mother both proud and worried. She holds a Masters in Storytelling from East Tennessee State University. After living in Alaska for many years working as a National Park Service ranger, she currently hails from Washington State.
The presentation is free and open to the public. For more information contact Dr. Kate Reavey at email@example.com .