My first book Coming Home to Story: Storytelling Beyond Happily Ever After was published on 1st November by Vala Publishing and I’m still basking in the huge pleasure of launching it at parties in Bristol, Edinburgh and London. It was absolutely amazing to see so many friends and supporters – and good to practise my handwriting, signing books.
Here is a picture of it on the bookstand for the first time at the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh last month (it’s the grey and silver hardback in the middle of the picture). Click on the image for a gallery of photographs from the London launch.
I’m still getting used to the idea that people are actually reading my words. It took me three years to write the book and it seems to be taking people three days to read it. Is the 365:1 writing/reading ratio par for the course, I wonder?
What is the book about? I would say that it is about the journey towards being and becoming a storyteller. It is a personal story of finding and responding to a calling that came late in life but it also makes a case for the vital role of stories, storytelling and storytellers in the re-enchantment of the modern world. Of course, while I was writing it I could decide what I thought it was all about. Now that it is out there somewhere I have to get used to the fact that what really matters is what other people make of it.
The publisher’s blurb says:
Coming Home to Story tells of the magic of stories and storytelling, and their power to liberate the human spirit. Master Storyteller Geoff Mead takes the reader inside the experience of telling and listening to stories. He shows how stories and storytelling engage our imaginations, heal communities, and bring adventure and passion into our lives.
Master Storyteller, eh? Now there’s something to try to live up to.