Saturday, 29 May 2010

My Six Word Saturday # 11

Describing your life (or something)  onat the moment of writing on a Saturday in a phrase using just six words.


Hmm, adapt Celtic myth for radio?**

**I have a book of Celtic stories that the cover describes as …accessible…masterful storytelling…entertaining style. Well I don’t know what book they read but it’s full of phrases like…grim visagesmiled sneeringly or dialogue like… is that not a proud warrior who cross the plain. It reads like respectable elderly  Victorian gentleman trying to loosen the bowtie and get down with the naughty nineties crowd. As bad as your dad trying to say that rap has a beat like his old glam rock bands. I’m critical from two perspectives. One is that I do live story-telling and it lacks this mediums energy and immediacy. The other is that it lacks filmic quality in the writing, in that it creates images in the readers mind through sensory hooks and vivid characterisation. So I’m playing with the idea of taking the well known story The Sons of Tuirenn and using the visual possibilities of radio to retell the story. My initial idea is to have narrator commenting and reacting to the formal story that dissolve back to the “real” events he experienced . The challenge is to give this ‘current time’ story its own dramatic arc. I was thinking of  a bardic competition  to the King where they compete to tell the story that puts him in a good light. The narrator who stares at you from the above picture is at the top table remembering the “real”events.