The timeless structure, unsentimental fantasy, and deep connections with human nature which characterize traditional Fairy Tales are at the heart of the storyteller’s craft, yet the genre often gets short shrift in our repertoires, performances and discussions. Fairy Tales deserve better treatment! So says the Fairy Tale Lobby.
Your hosts are storytellers operating as a Discussion Group under the auspices of the National Storytelling Network. We invite all story lovers to join us and participate in the discussion. Each month we will ask a question about the genre of fairy tales and solicit your advice and guidance. The question will appear here and also on The Fairy Tale Lobby Facebook page and the Storytell Listserve.
In slightly more formal language, here are the purposes of The Fairy Tale Lobby Discussion Group:
1. To encourage storytellers to include Fairy Tales in their performance repertoires;
2. To advocate the value of Fairy Tales among producers, educators, and events planners;
3. To educate storytellers and the general public regarding the importance of Fairy Tales in the lives of adults and children;
4. To serve as a venue for conversation among storytellers, librarians, educators and scholars on the topic of Fairy Tales;
5. To provide opportunities, such as online cues on Storytell, FBStorytellers and other media, for discussion and education about Fairy Tales;
6. To heighten the awareness of NSN members and leaders regarding the importance of Fairy Tales;
7. To serve as a resource for supporting any efforts on the part of NSN and others to include Fairy Tale material in publications, conferences, festivals and other channels;
8. Focusing primarily on Fairy Tales, we believe our efforts would also encourage the many local and regional storytellers whose repertoires consist mostly of traditional narrative forms: folktales, legends, and myths as well as Fairy Tales.