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We Are Born of Cast-Off Pieces” Puppets, Poems, Masks

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

St Paul’s Church
27 Pleasant Street
Brunswick, Maine 04011
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“We Are Born of Cast-Off Pieces” Puppets, Poems, Masks –

Puppets, Poems, Masks
A Brunswick Community Forum on the Art of Story-Telling Featuring Ashley Bryan

We paint, we write poetry and we express ourselves out of our desire to
bring people together in a way that goes beyond who we are as individuals.”  So says Ashley Bryan, artist, story-teller, and award-winning creator of children’s books who will be the featured presenter at a community story-telling forum Saturday,
October 4. The event will be held from 9:30am to 3:30pm in the Great Hall (Union St.
entrance) St. Paul’s Church, 27 Pleasant Street, Brunswick, This
forum is sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, and Portland’s historic Abyssinian
Meeting House, whose executive board is honoring Mr. Bryan as their first inductee to
the Abyssinian Hall of Fame.

Ashley will be telling African Folk Tales, reciting poetry, and sharing some of his
art which he has been creating for most of his 91 years! The forum will include a
presentation from Maine Inside Out, an original theatrical work-in-progress by
incarcerated youth from Longcreek Correctional Facility, and African drumming by
Resounding Rhythms. For those interested in learning to tell their story, The Telling
Room, a non-profit writing center in Portland dedicated to the idea that children and
young adults are natural story-tellers, will be among those offering workshops. Other
workshops will include puppet or mask-making, African drumming, and reading to
children. Jane Burke, Christian Formation Director at St. Paul’s Church is thrilled to be
chairing this event with James Ford, member of St. Paul’s and of the Education
Committee of the Abyssinian Meeting House. “It’s hard NOT to be inspired by Ashley
Bryan’s child-like energy, To be in Ashley’s presence is an unforgettable experience!”
says Ms. Burke.

Mr. Bryan’s morning program, featuring the poems of his puppets, will be of
interest to both children and adults. The workshops that follow are for all ages. For
adults and youth, the afternoon will begin with Ashley’s presentation of African
American poets and African folktales, followed by Maine Inside Out’s presentation
and discussion with the audience.

Sandwiches will be available for purchase. Books by Ashley Bryan will be
available on site through Gulf of Maine Books. The event is free and open to the
public. Reservations would be helpful but not essential. Please call (207) 626-0738


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