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Debbie Dunn performing Burger King at Yeoman in the Fork
Debbie Dunn performing Burger King at Yeoman in the Fork

Ghost Stories & The Bell Witch Unveiled-"Burger King"

Dunn performed ghost stories in front of a campfire at Yeomen's Yeomen's in the Fork. Prior to intermission, she told gentle ghost stories that were appropriate for the whole family. The story she is telling in the following video is called "Burger King." It is a fun audience-participation story that was written by a 12-year-old boy from Canada. He taught it to Ms. Chris Lindgren, also from Canada. In turn, Chris taught the story to Debbie. It is about a 3-minute tale.

After intermission, she performed the one-woman theater piece based on her first novel called "The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist." It is a 50-minute performance most appropriate for ages 11 to 111.

The evening was a lot of fun. A "Haunted Forest" was being conducted a block or two off. My younger brother, who attended the performance, told me that you could hear the screaming in the background. That only added to the fun ambiance of the entire evening.

Ghost Stories & The Bell Witch Unveiled-"Burger King"

Where and when was this performed?

Where did this performance take place?

Yeomen's in the Fork. You can find this tiny town on the outskirts of Franklin, Tennessee.

FYI - The drive to get there is quite interesting. You leave bustling Franklin. Then you drive out in the country for quite some time. You drive along country roads that look like no town could ever be nearby. Suddenly, you find this little tiny-town that has the feeling of being about two-blocks around. It has the look of a very attractive historical tiny township. It is definitely worth the drive and causes the traveler to long to explore all parts of it.

When did the performance take place?

It was from 7:00 to 9:00 on a Saturday night - October 16, 2010. The evening ended with a question and answer session. Free Refreshments were served. A book-signing took place during intermission and after the performance.

This is how the owners describe this antiquities bookstore: "Yeoman's in the Fork is a rare book and document gallery located in historic Leiper's Fork, TN. Yeoman's has a wide variety of rare books, documents, maps, and ephemera. Yeoman's in the Fork shares the collector's passion, along with helping educate those new to collecting rare books and documents."

She will be telling ghost stories there again on October 15, 2011.

Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons when she still had her long braids.
Debbie Dunn aka DJ Lyons when she still had her long braids.

Who is DJ Lyons?

DJ Lyons is the pen name for Professional Storyteller and Published Author Debbie Dunn.

Her two published books are:

1. The Bell Witch Unveiled At Last! The True Story Of A Poltergeist

2. White Reindeer, Kudzu Monster, & Other Tales Of Wonder

Book #3 about her journey with breast cancer will come out later in 2011.






The Bell Witch Unveiled at Last!: The True Story of a Poltergeist
The Bell Witch Unveiled at Last!: The True Story of a Poltergeist

Who was the true Bell Witch of Tennessee? John Bell of Adams, Tennessee, died on December 20, 1820. Why not? He was old. He was sick. He was comatose. Yet dozens of newspaper articles; a handful of published books, movies, videos, and websites; and countless amateur and professional storytellers all erroneously claim that John Bell was killed by a poltergeist. Who was this poltergeist many called the Bell Witch? Newspapers, books, websites, and countless people familiar with the 1817-1821 haunting pointed the finger of blame at a neighbor woman, Cate Batts. Her alleged guilt was purely circumstantial. For the first time, this breakthrough publication reveals the actual identities and motives of the three poltergeists. These three male entities followed John Bell from his former home in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, to Adams, Tennessee, seeking their revenge. Within the covers of this book, the Bell Witch is unveiled at last.

 
White Reindeer, Kudzu Monster, & Other Tales of Wonder
White Reindeer, Kudzu Monster, & Other Tales of Wonder

A collection of 32 short stories and novellas by DJ Lyons: "White Reindeer"--Lost on a Norwegian mountain, DJ faces rock slides, raging waterfalls and other challenges. Miraculously, a white reindeer appears and leads her to safety. "Kudzu Monster"--An unlikely love story involving a young frontier girl and the Kudzu Monster who saves her life. "Trapped in Beaumaris Castle"--Gwyn agrees to spend the night in a haunted castle. What he sees finally puts to rest a 700-year-old question: How did the king's archer die? "Grandmother Lyons' Tales"--True stories about a tornado, a Civil War love story, a scam, a premonition saving two lives and a scary Rag Man. "12 Tales of Wonder" plus "12 Stories for the Young At Heart"--Exciting adventures involving ghosts, wishes, secrets, bullies, animals, amazing characters, a Broccoli Monster, fairy godmothers, magic and fun.

 
Improving Your Storytelling: Beyond the Basics for All Who Tell Stories in Work and Play (American Storytelling)
Improving Your Storytelling: Beyond the Basics for All Who Tell Stories in Work and Play (American Storytelling)

Aspiring storytellers will be pleased to know that Lipman's down-to-earth approach allows for flexibility rather than an emphasis on memorization. A professional storyteller who has appeared at such prominent venues as the National Storytelling Festival, he presents a thoughtful framework that can apply to anyone whose livelihood depends on keeping an audience rapt, including lawyers, teachers and salespeople, although his remarks are more specifically tailored to performing artists. Advising the would-be speaker to "think in the present" when performing, Lipman articulates basic concepts in the use of oral language (tone of voice always prevails over meaning, he says) and of imagery and gestures. He believes that retelling a story informally many times helps the speaker determine what is most meaningful about it--a connection he terms the Most Important Thing (MIT), since he firmly believes that a story's meanings flow from the speaker's MIT. In addition to a sensitive discussion of how to build a relationship with an audience, he also focuses on the importance of warm-up techniques, including the use of a "healing yawn" to reduce tension and get an oxygen boost, and numerous anti-anxiety techniques. The best result? In storytelling as in life, one must "combine the knowledge of how to work toward transformation with the patience to let it happen out of your control." (June)

 
The Art And Craft Of Storytelling: A Comprehensive Guide To Classic Writing Techniques
The Art And Craft Of Storytelling: A Comprehensive Guide To Classic Writing Techniques

Master the Power of Story

When you consider the thousands of years of storytelling that comprise our literary tradition, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by the shadow of so many works. But there are common threads that link all stories--from Beowulf and Hamlet to Gone With the Wind and The Godfather to the story you're drafting right now in your head. These threads form the foundation that supports story--a foundation Nancy Lamb shows you how to access and master.

Whether you're writing a novel, a memoir, or a screenplay, The Art and Craft of Storytelling offers time-tested ways to translate a concrete idea into a polished work. In this book, you will find strategies for:

- Creating a successful beginning, middle, and end while moving smoothly from one stage to the next

- Crafting memorable characters, choosing the best point of view for your story, and constructing authentic, compelling dialogue

- Integrating and navigating the more subtle elements of story, such as voice, tone, premise, and theme

- Understanding genres and subgenres and how they apply to your story

- Structuring plots that transform a ho-hum story into a page-turning read

The Art and Craft of Storytelling gives you all the tools you need to contribute your own story to our great tradition, to open new worlds to your readers, and to introduce new ways of thinking. This is the power and purpose of story. And by your writing, this is the tradition you honor.

 
The Art of Storytelling: Easy Steps to Presenting an Unforgettable Story
The Art of Storytelling: Easy Steps to Presenting an Unforgettable Story

Whether speaking in front of a small gathering or a large congregation, public speaking strikes fear into the heart of the bravest person. Plagued by stuttering and resultant school problems, John Walsh still found himself called to be a preacher. He has written The Art of Storytelling to encourage and teach anyone with a fear of public speaking how to speak successfully, confidently, and compellingly. Especially relevant for anyone preparing any form of weekly Bible teaching.

 
Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact
Whoever Tells the Best Story Wins: How to Use Your Own Stories to Communicate with Power and Impact

Once upon a time, story was banished from business. Then Annette Simmons came along to show us the error of our ways. This book is a smart, practical guide to tapping the power of narrative to improve your business and your life."

--Daniel H. Pink, author of A WHOLE NEW MIND

 
The Storyteller's Start-Up Book: Finding, Learning, Performing and Using Folktales
The Storyteller's Start-Up Book: Finding, Learning, Performing and Using Folktales

For those who want to begin storytelling but don't know where to start, The Storyteller's Start-Up Book offers everything one could ask for. Margaret Read MacDonald, a folklorist and children's librarian who is also a touring storyteller, offers basic start-up information on finding stories, looking at them critically, starting a story bank, networking with other storytellers, and creating a storytelling event.

 
Crash Course in Storytelling
Crash Course in Storytelling

This is the most user-friendly handbook for librarians who seek the tools, resources, and the confidence to incorporate more storytelling into their programming. The authors offer clear, basic, and tested guidelines that include how to select, learn, and tell a story; tips on voice and body movements; audience participation; and the pros and cons of using puppets and props. Other fine books for beginners are Margaret Read MacDonald's The Storyteller's Start-Up Book (August House, 1993); Norma J. Livo's Storytelling: Process and Practice (Libraries Unlimited, 1986); and Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss's Stories in My Pocket (Fulcrum, 1996). Haven and Ducey excel in giving the hand-holding, step-by-step encouragement needed by new tellers as they make the leap from reading aloud to telling. Strategies for handling "catastrophes" (e.g., forgetting what comes next, or leaving out an important part of the tale) are invaluable for building assurance. Novices will also learn to accept their individual styles, strengths, and comfort levels rather than to compare themselves with professional tellers. The appendixes discuss copyright issues and give definitions of different types of traditional tales. Research data presented here to support the need for more stories in children's education should be shared with library and school administrators. An essential purchase.—Judy Sokoll, Florida Storytelling Association, Naples

Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

 
Once Upon a Time: Using Storytelling, Creative Drama, and Reader's Theater with Children in Grades PreK-6
Once Upon a Time: Using Storytelling, Creative Drama, and Reader's Theater with Children in Grades PreK-6

Judy Freeman, author of the Books Kids Will Sit Still For series, gives practical how-to tips on how to tell a story, and write and stage a Reader's Theater script that gets children involved with creative drama. Reader's theater teaches children how to become better listeners, enriches their thinking skills, and encourages their response to literature. Included are ideas on using folk and fairy tales, songs, chants and nonsense rhymes, and a reader's theater script. Also included in this handbook are 400 plus annotated children's books every storyteller should know, 100 great titles for creative drama and reader's theatre and professional books and Web sites for storytelling, creative drama and reader's theater. Grades PreK-6.

Judy Freeman, author of the Books Kids Will Sit Still For series, gives personal and practical how-to tips on how to learn and tell a story, how to act out a story using creative drama, and how to write and stage a Reader's Theater script. All are guaranteed to get your children listening, thinking, reading, loving, and living stories with comprehension, fluency, expression, and joy.

Once Upon a Time pulls together a wealth of ideas, activities, and strategies for using folk and fairy tales, songs, chants, and nonsense rhymes. Also included in this handbook are the texts of 10 of Judy's favorite stories you can read today and tell tomorrow; a songbook of songs, chants, and nonsense rhymes; and a Reader's Theater script. You'll also find annotated bibliographies: 400+ children's books every storyteller should know; 100+ great children's books to use for creative drama and Reader's Theater; professional books and Web sites for storytelling, creative drama, and Reader's Theater; and a title and author index.

 
Speaking Out: Storytelling and Creative Drama for Children
Speaking Out: Storytelling and Creative Drama for Children

In his successful Creative Storytelling, Jack Zipes showed how storytelling is a rich and powerful tool for self-expression and for building children's imaginations. In Speaking Out, this master storyteller goes further, speaking out against rote learning and testing and for the positive force within storytelling and creative drama during the K-12 years.

For the past four years, Jack Zipes has worked with the Neighborhood Bridges Program of the Children's Theatre Company of Minneapolis, taking his storytelling techniques into inner-city schools. Speaking Out is in part a record of the transformations storytelling can work on the minds and lives of young people. But it is also a vivid and exhilarating demonstration of a different kind of education - one built from deep inside each child.

Speaking Out is a book for storytellers, educators, parents, and anyone who cares about helping kids find within themselves the keys to imagination.

 

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cheapsk8chick 5 years ago

Awesome video! Voted up!


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks so much! It is a really fun story to tell!

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