The Otter Story Hour
is a live storytelling event held in the basement of a pub, Griffins of Kinsale, from 7 to 9 pm usually on the first Monday of the month. Shows are currently scheduled for Feb. 4, 2019, March 4, 2019 and April 1, 2019
Why is the show called “The Otter Story Hour?”Several nudges and coincidences moved for the selection of this name. This line from Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run helps explain the most important reason. Bruce writes:
“You have to pull up the things that mean something to you in order for them to mean anything to your audience.”
Otters pull their food, their sustenance, their life up from the bottom. When they get to the surface they float on their back, crack open the shell and get the life they need. This looks to us like such fun. If you have had the joy of watching otters you know you can hardly look away because it seems so fascinating and delightful. For the otter getting what they have pulled up and cracked open off their chest is a most vital activity.
Our Otter storytellers pull up meaningful experiences from the depths of their lives, crack them open on their heart to expose what is tender and get them off their chest. When they do this we are all nourished, strengthened, enlivened. They re-mind us what we love about life. We can’t help watching.
That is the heart reason we call it The Otter Story Hour.
The stories each month relate to a theme. Here are the upcoming dates/themes:
April 1, 2019 - “Won’t Get Fooled Again”
May 6, 2019 - “May Day!!!!”
June 3, 2019 - “Brides and Dads”
July 1, 2019 - “Fire Works”
Have you ever been.....detained, defeated or denied......lost, lonely or looney.....promoted, provoked or propelled? These experiences (and hundreds of others) are the kernels of great stories. Stories that would enrich and encourage you to prepare and share and would nourish and delight the rest of us to hear and digest. The Otter Story Hour exists to give us chance, a reason to experience this encouragement and nourishment. Send a pitch to Rex McDaniel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do you have some doubts about your story and/or your ability to tell it? Check out Otter Story Coaching. Exciting collaboration is just a click away.
The basement, food and drink at Griffin’s are all delightful. Think about phoning in your dinner order before you leave home and great food for body and soul will be served together just right.