FEAST hosted its first online Story Swap on the 7th September hosted by myself (while I was telling in Brunei) and, with 10 others, we heard stories from Kiran Shah (in Australia), Lynne Kirk (Hong Kong) Kulin Imperial (Phillipines) Pretigaya Haran (Chennai) Usha Venkatamaran (Mumbai) Tim Erenata (in California!) Lavanya Prasad (Bangalore) and Usha Chhabra (New Delhi, who we sadly lost wifi contact with half way through her story) Sheila Wee successfully managed the meeting, switching from host to teller to teller, resulting in a very smooth 75 minute programme.
Its hard to know what I enjoyed the most: meeting such a lovely mix of tellers (most) for the first time, listening to the fascinating diversity of accents and voices, or hearing six tales that were completely new to me - and even the story of Tenali Rahman and the barber, with which I was familiar, in Lavanya's became something new and wonderful. The recording of the session is being sent to all 49 who registered and I hope it serves as a useful and effective reminder of the session.
FEAST is definitely up and running. Given its success, we are considering whether we should wait until December for our next swap (as currently advertised on the Events page) or if we should add another Swap in October? What say you?