The New Zealand Guild of Storytellers

Kings Theatre Performance, Kawakawa. July 24, 2016
Posted: October 12th, 2016 by Keith Levy | Leave a comment

If you need anything done, give the job to a busy person and I am busy, so when Mary suggested we go to hear a storyteller in an old and cold movie theatre in Kawakawa, a small town in Northland, I was far from keen. We were met by Keith wearing a Bowler Hat and a warm, welcoming smile. As he fiddled with some sound equipment and picked a few guitar chords I thought, here we go, perhaps I can have a little nap. To my surprise, his quiet voice and gentle melodic guitar playing got my attention and I found myself caught up in his storytelling, his views on the world, people, relationships and his honesty. The only ways to really engage with an audience are with truth, humour and deep commitment. Keith has all of these qualities and his timing, vocal sound and subject matter ensured my full attention. And gratefulness too, to Mary for overcoming my reluctance to being there. I came away with many thoughts but none so telling as to remember to tell those close that I love them. Not only on birthdays or at Christmas but every day, time or moment that you mean it. Perhaps it was also no surprise that Keith and I had a past friendship in our early school years in Eastbourne and Days Bay on the east coast of Wellington many years ago. It really is a small world…

Roger Wyatt, Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand



Imago Aotearoa New Zealand 20th Annual Conference Celebration at Kawai Purapura, Albany. September 2, 2016
Posted: September 14th, 2016 by Keith Levy | Leave a comment

Being at one of Keith’s performances is unlike anything you may have ever come across before.
He’s a one-off. Is his material poetry? Is it song? If he is part of a tradition, it’s that of Storyteller, Bard, Wandering Minstrel, Court Jester even. Keith’s stories pour out of him.
Beautifully crafted, easy to understand and unashamedly filled with simple colloquial language. ‘Don’t you love it when…’ They are about life as it is lived. Some people may take offence at some of his material but the stories are true to life and Keith always comes back to the joy of life and the wonder of love.
A feature of his presentation is that he shows himself achingly vulnerable,
There is some doom, some gloom, yet Keith is on the side of life.
He journeys on The Road Less Travelled.
Peter McMillan. Warkworth.
Imago Institute For Relationships. (NZ)


A Saturday Evening At Taurikura Bay. August 20, 2016
Posted: August 22nd, 2016 by Keith Levy | Leave a comment

We had Keith telling his wonderful original stories at our home last Saturday night and the twenty friends from the neighborhood were spellbound throughout the entire nearly two hour performance. Complete with wine and a delicious supper, it was a lovely evening for all. Travelling Minstrels don’t come much better than The Roaming Rhymester.

Jan Boyes and Gordon Cromshaw. Whangarei Heads Road, Taurikura Bay.



Richmond Villas Event, Thames. June 22, 2016
Posted: July 31st, 2016 by Keith Levy | Leave a comment

Since his recent visit to Richmond Villas in Thames, I’ve imagined a plethora of critiques that I might write but I committed them to my head instead of to paper. I had read a promotional poster regarding Keith Levy’s impending visit and decided I must see this man and listen to his banter. He met me as I entered the entertainment room, crooked his arm and escorted me to a front row seat. Oh dear I said, I belong to the back seats and I wondered what sort of behavior an elderly woman such as I should be seen to display in front of a bunch of stoic, not so old people in a retirement village. He started to pick his guitar and send forth words and slowly the words became words of wisdom, short passages with long learning lessons. A book published with all his stories would be very valuable to many including me. I loved how in one of his stories, he ‘came out’ and declared himself, in front of the audience of fifty something, a ‘hugger’. I am now an ardent hugger too. Most of all I loved his humor and his crazy hat and I do hope I’ll enjoy another performance of his stories in the near future…

Pauline Anaru. Richmond Villas, Thames.

 

 

 



The Tea Rose Thames Community Charity Event. June 24, 2016
Posted: June 25th, 2016 by Keith Levy | 1 comment

On Friday June 24, I had the opportunity to spend an evening, together with a friend and in the company of a very select audience at The Tea Rose Cafe in Grahamstown, Thames, being entertained by Keith Levy. I had not anticipated Mr Levy’s style of storytelling and found the experience emotional, funny and inspirational. As the Chairperson for the Thames Community Cancer Support Group, a not for profit organisation dedicated to supporting people with cancer, their families and carers, I was honoured to accept a very generous donation from Mr Levy. We are extremely grateful for this and our heartfelt thanks is extended to him.

Yours sincerely. Kay Krall.