Monday, May 16, 2011

Kamishibai Swap Library is open for trade: put a story in and get a story out!

Those storytellers who practice Kamishibai storytelling will understand the hunger for stories. Picture cards can be purchased off the internet but there are also storytellers creating cards for their own stories just like the Kamishibai artists of old.

I've been working with Derek Carpenter (aka Bo the Clown) from Newcastle in the UK pondering this problem and we have set up Kamishibai Swap Shop on Derek's website.

Here's how it works:
  1. To get a story out you put a story in!
  2. Contact the authors direct. Pics are in Jpeg and Dialogue in Word 2003.
  3. If you don't have a swap you can buy direct from the author.
  4. You can also advertise your swaps on the website for free so long as you have the "rights" to swap.
  5. Swap Shop
Here are some examples of what you will find:

Two Brothers Derek's very first Kamishibai story and very first swap written two days after 9/11. It concerns war and its effects also possibly how Kamishibai started: 10 pics, one used twice. How to

The King with Dusty Feet. Traditional Indian story, how shoes came to be invented. Original pictures.

The Princess and the Pea Hans Christian Anderson original artworkLeonie Kervin . For swap contact: Jackie

The Adventures of Split-Dog.
Split-Dog appears in Australian and Nth American tall stories. There are many tales told about how he split. These adventures cover 4 episodes including the introductory tale.
Contact: Jackie

To participate in this grandly global initiative visit : Library of Swaps

Its a small beginning but the more who participate, the more it will grow.

On this website you can also read more about the history of Kamishibai - information provided by historian Helen Mc Carthy.

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