"I am 3/4ths Canadian, and one 4th New Englander - I had ancestors on both sides in the Revolutionary war." - Elizabeth Bishop

Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Elizabeth Bishop Festival: Memory 6

One of the morning events at the festival was a storytelling hour with amazing Halifax storyteller Claire Miller. Though the audience was small, those gathered were spell-bound by Claire's fascinating stories (and she even sang for us!), which were both funny and deeply moving. Claire has been a special supporter of all thing Bishop for some years. In 2011, she kindly did an audio recording of Bishop's beloved story "In the Village."

I was able to attend Claire's session that morning at the festival. I was uplifted and inspired, and will always remember "the golden ball" and how one must pass on and lose sight of a gift -- and then, miraculously, it returns to you!
Claire Miller telling her wonderful stories in the sanctuary of St. James Church.

Claire will be collaborating with Halifax singer Clary Croft and fiddler Kate Dunlay to present a rendition of "Blind MacNair" (a story of old Nova Scotia by Thomas Raddall) at the Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax. 5500 Inglis St., Halifax, on Saturday, 17 October, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20. If you are in Halifax, you don't want to miss this event!

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