FEDERATION OF ASIAN STORYTELLERS // ISSUE 010 // JANUARY 2021
Dear fellow storytellers,
While the covid pandemic rolled through our live like a heavy bowling ball scattering the 10-pins of our personal and professional lives, the pins it has left standing have proved surprisingly resilient.
The Conference was the first pin to fall, and took with it the idea of holding our first Story Retreat. For a while, the hopes that were pinned on publishing our third anthology wobbled precariously, until the enterprising team at Ayo Dongeng managed to secure a publisher keen to e-publish it. The result is a triumph of collaboration between our member-authors, editors, illustrators and the lay out artist.
I think this is the kind of story that we – and future tellers – will be sharing about this year: how, in the face of unprecedented social disruption, we found ways to keep connected and, in the process, forged new friendships while re-purposing our skills to meet the needs of these times.
Our Story Swaps became monthly events to looks forward to, with an astonishing number of tellers making their debut on our platform. Thanks to zoom, our members have been reaching an ever-wider international audience, and we have all benefitted from stories told by tellers far beyond even the extended boundaries of FEAST’s Asia! A commendable number of FEASTers have embraced the opportunity to tell on international platforms, such as the Worldwide Virtual Storytelling Guild, or created their own multi-national themed story sessions. We received huge recognition as an organisation after participating in the National Storytelling Network’s Online Storytelling Gala in June.
Throughout the year we have been blessed with a wonderful line up of webinar facilitators – Aparna Athreya, Rona Barbour, Kevin Cordi, Rituparna Ghosh, Deepa Kiran, Dr Margaret Read MacDonald, Priti ModyIyer, Bobby and Sherry Norfolks and Csenge Zalka. We are thrilled that such distinguished tellers have been happy to work with FEAST, and it’s a very positive reflection on how our organisation is regarded. Their sessions have been highly informative, often entertaining, and always practically applicable. We hope that you found them as rewarding as we have.
This year also saw the launch of our first interest group – the India Chapter – and now, in the wake of Ritu’s webinar last month, there is a discussion about starting a second to manage and produce a FEAST podcast! Again this reflects our growth and diversity. We look forward to nurturing more such groups in future that cater to a specific interest, be it focussed on a type of story, a way of telling, or a particular audience or purpose (eg education, STEAM, mindfulness. )We are happy to provide support and a zoom platform if needed.
Looking into the crystal ball for 2021, it’s hard to tell what the year may look like. There is some concern that perhaps zoom sessions are losing their shine, and that there only so many online story events one can stomach in a month! We would welcome any suggestions that you may have – either for new strings to add to our bow, or to tweak existing programmes so as to freshen them up. FEAST wants to be an organisation that supports and inspires you, helping you tell the stories you want to tell ever more engagingly. Please keep communicating with us: we may be socially distant, but let’s stay storyally (?) close!
With best wishes and high hopes for 2021 .
Directors of FEAST
FEAST Story Swaps Schedule 2021
The schedule for the new format is given below. September and October have been reserved for festival planning and execution.
FEAST Webinar Wishlist Form
Storytelling for Children with Special Needs
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Playing with Stories
Presented by Priscilla Howe
Federation of Asian Storytellers is a Non Profit organization established in Singapore in 2018.