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The moth

The moth

Burns, Catherine, 1969- editor

Before television and radio, before penny paperbacks and mass literacy, people would gather on porches, on the steps outside their homes, and tell stories. The storytellers knew their craft and bewitched listeners would sit and listen long into the night as moths flitted around overhead. The Moth is a non-profit group that is trying to recapture this lost art, helping storytellers - old hands and novices alike - hone their stories before playing to packed crowds at sold-out live events. The very best of their stories are collected here and range from the poignant to the downright hilarious

Paperback, Book. English.
Published London: Serpent's Tail, 2015

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Statement of responsibility: preface by Neil Gaiman ; afterword by George Dawes Green founder The Moth ; edited by Catherine Burns
ISBN: 1846689902, 9781846689901
Note: Originally published: 2014.
Physical Description: 400 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm
Subject: Storytelling.; Literature Collections.; Anecdotes.; Literature.

Author note

The Moth is an acclaimed not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling. Since its launch in 1997, The Moth has presented thousands of stories, told live and without notes, to standing-room-only crowds worldwide. Moth shows are renowned for the great range of human experience they showcase.


Brilliant and quietly addictive ... crammed with personality ... full of colour and life
Guardian||One of the hottest events in town ... enthralling, funny and moving
The Times||New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket
Wall Street Journal||The stories not only maintain their oral integrity but take on new dimensions, allowing you to ponder a turn of events or swirl the language around in your head without missing the next part of the story
New York Times||While these tales transport us into the lives of others, they also invoke recognition with our own; there are connecting wires with even the most disparate experiences and existences, the 'I's are turned into 'we's. They fulfil our fundamental human need to communicate, learn and grow through others.
The List||The Moth is beautifully simple, authentic, a little bit therapeutic and utterly addictive. It is a joyful reminder of the power of the story the need for story-telling and the desire to listen, and to read, deeply.
Sunday Times||[the stories] remains very much in the voices of those who spoke them and thus retain the vulnerability and rawness inherent in the situation of one person, alone at the mic, telling a room full of strangers something personal.
The Observer