A few evenings ago, my husband and I were driving back from Ottawa, listening to CBC Radio, when they announced a program about stories of real life. In 1997, poet George Dawes Green invited people to his apartment for an evening devoted to the art of storytelling. Sounds like the good old days, doesn’t it? Well, these evenings got to be so popular, they had to expand from his living room and it eventually moved into a series of evenings held at different venues in a variety of cities, called “The Moth”. Storytellers were invited to present a short glimpse into their lives based on a theme.

But the CBC version the other night began with a selection by Ed Gavagan, called “Drowning on Sullivan Street”. You can read the entire transcript of his story here, but he is so engaging, it is much more interesting to listen to and watch. It takes just over 15 minutes, but you MUST listen to the entire thing. You won’t believe what happened to this man and how he is still standing there at that moment, telling his story in such an agreeable manner. If you can catch any other Moth presentations, I’m convinced they’ll be just as fascinating.



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