WELCOME TO THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF A LITERARY ADVENTURESS
"Michelle's recent performance at a fundraiser for our charity was well received by the diverse audience. Her presentation is flawless and engaging and she holds her audience in rapture as she delivers her epic with grace and sophistication."
Maureen Loiselle, President of School Orchards Africa
"We have featured Michelle several times and always received a strong response from our audience who love her poetic stories. She brings them to life on the air, painting with words beautiful images for the listeners."
Ariadne Sawyer, MA, Host and Producer of the World Poetry Café celebrating 22 years on the air with Vancouver Co-op Radio.
Believe me, I dearly love the written word but nothing can equal the fleeting magic of a well crafted tale told to perfection. Timbre and expression of voice, rhythm, rhyme and the musical richness of unusual words are qualities that cannot be properly conveyed by the flatness of the printed page. I perform my story poems live on stage. If you scroll down the page you will find a YouTube video of a performance. Other than that, the only way my story poems can be experienced is as recordings. You might hear these on the radio since I am sometimes a guest of "The World Poetry Café" on Vancouver Co-op Radio. The best of my story poems are also available as MP-3 audio files. Just click on the bold-type titles next to the pictures and you will reach Bandcamp.com, the site where you can listen to the stories in full and also download them if you wish. While my story poems were created for an adult audience, they are all thoroughly family friendly. Each draws on the history and culture of a foreign country. Perhaps you will learn something you never knew before. If you do then that will only be a happy accident since each story has no other purpose than to entertain, delight and make your day more enjoyable. These are the kind of stories that you can listen to in the car when you are stuck in traffic or while tucked into bed with a cup of tea on a cold winter night.
To this very day the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, Russia is home to a colony of cats. In fact, cats have lived there since 1745. Inspired by real events in Russian history and greatly embellished with fiction, this is the story of how the cats first arrived. A capital city under construction, a mercurial empress, an ambitious princess and, of course, plenty of unpredictable cats are the ingredients of this enchanting story.
The Songbird of Vienna
This heart-warming story is set in the late 1800's when Vienna, a glittering city of music, was also the booming hub of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. When a young composer named Franz, struggling to break into the music business, finds and rescues a baby bird his fortunes turn around. Luck, love and inspiration are the keys to a happy ending.
This story is not yet available - coming soon(ish)!
This story was inspired by a long buried true story of grand passion and tragedy in Edwardian era England. In the early 1900's, when motorcars had newly been invented, Eleanor Velasco Thornton, a London secretary, went to work in the office of a car magazine owned by a lord. The secretary and the lord fell in love and their great affair ultimately sparked the creation of the Rolls-Royce hood ornament. Here fact is fleshed-out with fiction to bring this remarkable fragment of history to life.
This album entitled "The Pearl of Dubai" contains three stories:
1. The Pearl of Dubai
Harking back to the early 1900's when pearl diving, not oil was the big business of the Arabian Gulf, this is the story of a humble pearl diver, the fabulous pearl he finds and the special bond that unites the two. The story is purely of my own invention; it's fiction. However, the historical background is fact. You'll find much more about this little known period of Arabian history in my blog.
2. The Lost Library of Alexandria
Reaching back into ancient history, this is the story of how Alexander the Great established a legendary library and how, many centuries later, the formidable Queen Zenoubia of Palmyra, a legend in her own right, longed to possess it.
3. The Persian Carpet
Set in the old Persian Empire, this is the tale of a talented young carpet designer who accidentally glimpses a beautiful garden and falls in love with the girl who created it. The story is fictional but the setting is historical - and the ending is blissful.
The Cats of the Winter Palace
A performance of the story poem in full.
This video is of an informal "rehearsal" night at a tiny theatre where, thanks to the kindness of the manager, lots of people get stage experience and the chance to be filmed in front of an audience. I am on stage right from the beginning (that's me in the red skirt). My performance ends at 25:42. The video continues for another hour but I don't return. Other performers followed me.