This Week’s Featured Storyteller – Arlee Bryant
Arlee tells this classic tale with it’s beautiful message of our power to transform life with our love. We filmed her with her own special bear from her childhood, and against the backdrop of her stained glass artwork, one of her many talents. Sit back and be soothed by her beautiful narration, a story for young children that is irrestible to all ages and will have the younger you hooked and enchanted. Under the video you can discover some of Arlee’s treasures about her life. What she loves, what and who inspires and delights her.
Where do you live?
I live in Australia in the beautiful subtropical Byron Shire in North Eastern New South Wales.
I am a five minute drive from a gorgeous long beach.
We grow many tropical fruits, pawpaws, bananas, avocados, lemons, mangos, dragonfruit, oranges and have our vegetable garden all year round.
It is paradise!
Tell us about your family?
I have an amazing husband Ned, a son Matt and two daughters, Soji and Liliana.
I also have one Grandson, Griffin
Do you have any pets?
We have always had many animals to share our home…bunnies, birds,dogs, cats, goats, guinea pigs, chickens and fish. I have a retirement home for ageing horses. Currently there are three horses, Millie, Joker and Joseph, two dogs, Ty and Smudge, a cockatiel named Crannie and a Siamese fighting fish.
Is there any interesting family information that you would like to share, or information relating to your own childhood and childhood experiences/background?
Reading is a passion of mine and always has been. Long snowy winters in Saskatchewan Canada (where I grew up) curled in front of the fire with a good book took me, in my imagination to sunny climes and fabulous adventures. Bedtime stories is a family tradition to share before drifting off to Dreamland. I love watching my son read to his son before he tucks him into bed.
What Delights you?
I love creating things;out of most anything I can find. I am a glass artist and make leadlight windows, lampshades, mirrors, fused glass jewellery (I love creating nature devas, angels and goddesses) mosaics.
I love felting shawls and wraps, sewing clothes with naturally dyed fabrics from our Australian bush.
I love walking on the beach, listening to children’s laughter, being with my family and this beautiful Earth.
I love walking in the woods and feeling the presence of the elemental realms. I love MAGIC!
What is your favourite quotation? and who are the people who have most inspired you?
I love people who live their passion and believe in creating a better world for us all. Currently one of them is Michael Reynolds,the visionary who builds Earthships out of recycled garbage.
When did you first hear the story you have told “The Velveteen Rabbit?
I can’t remember when this story first appeared in my life. Many years ago, probably when I was little.
What did this story bring to your life?
Magic! And the love that sustains us and never ends.
If you had a wish for the story in its journey of being shared, what would it be?
That it’s magic be enjoyed and shared with many many children for a long time.
If you had a wish for the project of A Thousand Grandparents what would it be?
Again that it’s magic be enjoyed and shared with amny many children for a long time!
What stories have/do you most enjoy hearing?
I love all kinds of stories. I do love a happy ending!
What stories / region / culture faith would you most like the project to include?
All that it can. We are one family.
What is your favourite story (if different to the one told)?
I love Winnie The Pooh. And as a child, books about animals filled my shelves.
One of my favourites was “Beautiful Joe” about a dog.
Who is your favourite storyteller?
I don’t really have one…. David Whyte has a wonderful voice and I love listening to him read his poetry.
If you could choose two storytellers…dream come true… one female and one male … to tell you a story, who would they be?
I don’t know here either. Someone who embodies the story and takes me there in my imagination.
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