Thursday, June 10, 2010

June Story: Koji and the Headmaster

This is the very first story I ever told. I read it in a collection of tales by Dan Yashinsky called Next Teller. Dan has a series of story collections that I highly recommend, including Ghostwise and Suddenly They Heard Footsteps.

What I love about this story is that it took me several years to figure out why I loved this story. It has an odd ending that moved me, but I couldn't explain what it meant. Listeners had all sorts of interpretations of what the story really meant, while others were frustrated with the ending, saying it was inappropriate. Any story that generates that much discussion is a good tale in my book.

The musical component of this story is provided by Shayne Gryn. It's sometimes difficult to focus on the story because his music is so beautiful.

If you are moved to do so, I would be interested in hearing your reaction to this story, so please leave a comment.

Koji and the Headmaster -- Told by JD Hickey (10:24 minutes)


Anonymous said...

thank you so much for sharing your stories so generously! I have used/told several of them. And I am really greatful to have access to this treasure.

Quite some time ago I listened to the story of Koji and the Headmaster. What a great story. Now I would like to listen to it again - to be able to tell it when my dear colleague goes away to anther job.
Could you please fix the link so itś possible to listen again?

I am a swedish storyteller and childrens librarian. You can reach my by my hotmail:
Greatings from Mölndal, Sweden
// Gunilla Brodin

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