I’m excited about this episode, as it’s the first time ReStorying the Earth has had a ‘scoop’. Storytelling and Ecology: Empathy, Enchantment and Emergence in the Use of Oral Narratives by Anthony Nanson was officially launched earlier this month. I managed to catch up with Anthony last weekend. Here’s the official blurb and the audio file…
What does oral storytelling have to offer in relation to efforts to make a positive impact on our damaged ecosystems?
In this episode, I speak to storyteller, author, scholar and educator Anthony Nanson about his newly published book, Storytelling and Ecology: Empathy, Enchantment and Emergence in the Use of Oral Narratives.
Anthony’s passion for stories and nature informs all his creative work. He runs Awen Publications, a small press that publishes ‘writing that is imaginative, boundary-pushing, eco-conscious, enchanting, and challenging of received wisdoms’. He was one of the editors of the important 2014 book Storytelling for a Greener World: Environment, Community and Story-based Learning. In our wide-ranging conversation, Anthony explains the importance of embodiment, the energy of performance and the role of enchantment in healing the rift between people and the rest of nature.
Storytelling and Ecology: Empathy, Enchantment and Emergence in the Use of Oral Narratives is published by Bloomsbury and can be ordered here: https://www.bloomsbury.com/uk/storytelling-and-ecology-9781350114920/
For a limited time, listeners can purchase the book on Bloomsbury’s website using this 35% discount code: GLR TW7 (or, in the Americas, GLR TW7US).
To find out more about Anthony Nanson and his books, check out these links:
Storytelling for a Greener World has been re-issued as Storytelling for Nature Connection and can be ordered from Hawthorn Press:https://www.hawthornpress.com/books/storytelling/storytelling-storytelling/storytelling-for-nature-connection/
The Society for Storytelling can be found here: https://www.sfs.org.uk/about-the-sfs