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Have You (Yes, You!) Heard Our Storytellers? They Are a Delight

Here at the Wren’s Nest we invite folks for storytelling every Saturday at 1pm. Kids like it, sure. But truth be told it’s the adults who really get a kick out of the performance.

I’m a dedicated fan of Mama KoKu, one of our five Wren’s Nest Ramblers. Legend even has it that her voice cures hangovers.

Brer Rabbit Takes a Ride

The next time you’re looking for an authentic experience in Atlanta, trick someone into storytelling at the Wren’s Nest. We’ll be ready every Saturday at 1 pm.

 

The 2014 Scribes Program at KIPP STRIVE Academy

is in full swing!

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This spring, our snazzy dazzy writing mentors are working one-on-one with 20 students from KIPP STRIVE Academy. The application process was fierce this year; we only accepted about half of the students who applied. The scribes and mentors will work together over the next ten weeks to craft stories. We will publish an anthology of the students’ stories over the summer, which will premiere at the Decatur Book Festival over Labor Day weekend!

 

Read After Burning, the Latest Book by the KIPP Scribes

On Saturday September 2nd the KIPP Scribes celebrated the release of their new bound collection, Read After Burning. It’s a book of historical fiction stories set in post-Civil War Atlanta, written by 5th, 6th, 7th graders in our neighborhood.

Read After Burning

We paired the students to work 1-on-1 with our fantastic volunteers for an hour each week. Read After Burning also features beautiful black and white portraits, thanks to phenomenal photographer Andrew Thomas Lee.

Want to mentor a student in our 2013 program? Simply email Jessie.

 

Everything You’ve Heard About Uncle Remus Is Wrong

Recently in the media you might have heard a thing or two about the tar baby story or about Brer Rabbit. But what’s the deal with Uncle Remus, the character who narrates the Brer Rabbit stories? You’ll be surprised to find that everything you’ve heard about Uncle Remus may very well be wrong.

Uncle Remus the Trickster

Remus is a fictional character crafted by Joel Chandler Harris to narrate African American folk tales to a little white boy. But in the process, Remus gives the kid an unusual education. He says things like:

 

“Your dad’s an idiot.”

“I’m dating your mom.”

“The stories in the Bible aren’t true.”

“When civilization started, everyone used to be black.”

These ideas aren’t exactly what you’d expect to hear in children’s stories from 19th century Georgia. Discover the whole story about Remus in five easy-reading parts.

 

Executive Director Lain Shakespeare on 90.1 WABE, Our NPR Station

The other day John Lemley from WABE’s “City Cafe” stopped by to talk with our director about memory in museums. Listen to their interview and then come right back here, I’ll wait.

Brer Rabbit Takes Brer Rabbit to Jail

The above artifact is totally stupendous (and discussed at length in the interview if you skipped ahead). We got it from the Kingdom of Bavaria. And their heads pop off. Hey stop laughing, I’m serious. I’ve got pictures!

 

Akbar Imhotep Performs “The Wonderful Tar-Baby Story” in HD

Professor and documentarian Spenser Simrill, Jr. stopped by the other day to record Akbar in action. Take a gander:

That’s recently departed Program Director Amelia on Camera 2.

I can’t promise that every Saturday at 1 pm we’ll have a documentarian filming in sweet, sweet HD, but I can promise you an amazing storytelling performance.

 

Did you restore your museum called the Wren’s Nest?

No? I don’t blame you. It costs a lot of money to look this handsome.

Wren's Nest Dining Room
Feel free to follow the progress of our $190,000 conservation project from the planning stages (March 2008) to the fancy-pants architectural photos (December 2009).

The before and after pictures are pretty remarkable. Go ahead and check ‘em out. I’ll wait.