A few years ago I won a trip on British Airways as part of a small-business competition. It ended up being a pretty quick trip-- I flew to London with a whole bunch of interesting people who'd also won a trip, and from there I went to Bristol.
Bristol is two or three hours west of London, and it's got a lot of things going on. For starters, Banksy is from there. So is Cary Grant. Obviously, they are the same person.
Bristol is also home to Aardman Studios, the Wallace and Gromit folks. My friend Chris Pirie has a studio right next to Aardman. Chris makes amazing puppets and whenever I hear the word steampunk, I think of Chris' work.
Anyway, Bristol is also home to the Bristol Storytelling Festival. I'd never really thought of a "storytelling festival" before, which is strange because I've done several Moth slams, as well as a Moth MainStage show oh so long ago. That's a story for another time. The point is that I came away from Bristol wondering why there weren't storytelling festivals in the United States.
But of course there are storytelling festivals here, and I just didn't know about them.
And the point of that is that that's when I learned about the International Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Yes, I am aware that I nearly ran three thats in a row back there, and I'm okay with that.
So! What I'm driving at here is that I'm really pleased that the International Storytelling Festival just ordered some Storymatics for the shop in what I'm pretty sure is in this beautiful building:
They should be there in a few days. If you are in Tennessee, pay 'em a visit!
And that's that.