2009 Conference on World Affairs

100 speakers, 200 panels, 5 days, the 61st annual Conference on World Affairs offered some great quotes about story.

No one ever marched on Washington because of a pie chart. You need a good story.

—Terry McNally (radio commentator)

You need to know where you came from to know who you are. Ask your family for the stories.

–Liz Weir (Irish storyteller Boom Chicka Boom)

We need a poetic response to reality.

–Peter Thabit Jones (Welsh poet The Lizard Catchers)

Like an open road, stories will take you where you want to go.

–Teresa Jordan (writer Riding the White Horse Home)

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2 responses to “2009 Conference on World Affairs

  1. wellcraftedtoo

    I esp like the ‘poetic response to reality’ quote, but what do you think he meant by that?? Wasn’t able to attend the CWA, and would have really loved it!

  2. I think he was saying that we need poetry because poetry allows us to put things in a large context–a mythic, poetic, larger-than-everyday view. I liked it whatever he meant. Thanks for the comment.

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