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'The Storyteller, the dream-maker'

14 January 2008

'The storyteller is deep inside every one of us. The storymaker is always with us. Let us suppose our world is ravaged by war, by the horrors of that we all of us easily imagine. Let us suppose floods wash through our cities, the seas rise. But the storyteller will be there, for it is our imaginations which shape us, keep us, create us - for good and for ill. It is our stories that will recreate us, when we are torn, hurt, even destroyed,it is the storyteller, the dream-maker, that is our phoenix, that represents us at our best, and at our most creative.'

Doris Lessing, in her Nobel Laureate's address