Carol Birch – Storyteller

Since she began telling stories in 1971, audiences have responded to Carol Birch's infectious enthusiasm and artistry. She offers a wealth of stories full of memories worth having. After she tells, adults want her to stay, kids want to know when she'll be back, and colleagues want to talk shop.

"With the advent of story slams and endless Facebook commentaries about our personal lives, it is refreshing - and necessary - to have someone who knows that we often understand ourselves and our world best through the universal mirror of great art and literature."
Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi - Storyteller

"When Carol tells a story every word becomes a song. She breathes shape into each one, setting it free to soar its way into our imagination. I could hear the same tale told by someone else and not be engaged by it at all."
Marianne McShane, a seanachie from the North of Ireland.

What people crave is experience – a way to lift off from the weight of their daily familiar routines. Great Storytelling lifts and enlivens. I use the word “great” on purpose, because there is average storytelling. Carol Birch is GREAT.  I love her long literary pieces best. Hearing Carol tell The Grapes of Wrath refueled my love of humanity. Carol tells without Ego – fully devoted to the author’s language and palpably present to the listener’s experience. I felt safe, immersed, transported, inspired--completely taken up into pictures in my mind, believing every character, aching through to the outcome. You have to hear her tell The Grapes of Wrath. Really. You do. Carol Birch is irresistibly engaging.
Megan Wells, Storyteller

Carol recently took part in the online JustStories Festival:

"What people crave is experience – a way to lift off from the weight of their daily familiar routines. Great Storytelling lifts and enlivens. I use the word “great” on purpose, because there is average storytelling. Carol Birch is GREAT.  I love her long literary pieces best. Hearing Carol tell The Grapes of Wrath refueled my love of humanity. Carol tells without Ego – fully devoted to the author’s language and palpably present to the listener’s experience. I felt safe, immersed, transported, inspired--completely taken up into pictures in my mind, believing every character, aching through to the outcome. You have to hear her tell The Grapes of Wrath. Really. You do. Carol Birch is irresistibly engaging.:
Megan Wells, Storyteller


 

New Programs!

Zest for Life

What do Lou Gehrig, John Steinbeck and Ray Bradbury share?
A zest for life and "the finest aspirations of the human spirit." If it is true that we strive to be like that which we admire, then here is much to admire…and enjoy in the stories which Carol Birch will tell.

Steinbeck Out Loud!

It's been a long road, but Carol will finally tell from "The Grapes of Wrath" copyright 1939 by John Steinbeck, copyright renewed 1967. Hearing John Steinbeck's The Grapes of Wrath is as exhilarating as it is a revelation. The selections performed are some of the other stories from the novel - stories not about the Joads. When heard aloud, the stories soar even as they echo today's news; they ricochet from head to heart to fists thrown in the air. Listening to Carol Birch's interpretation of this thoroughly American novel is to be brought deep inside Steinbeck's world.

 

Carol Birch
PO Box 32
Southbury CT 06488
203-264-3800
carolbirch@gmail.com