The Public Humanist

The Public Humanist contributor: Norah Dooley

Norah DooleyNorah Dooley is a storyteller and children's author. Norah's widely acclaimed picture books, Everybody Cooks Rice, Everybody Bakes Bread, Everybody Serves Soup and Everybody Brings Noodles are four titles in a series about her former neighborhood in Cambridge, MA. Norah Dooley has published 5 storytelling CDs. She appears in schools, libraries and teachers' conferences. She has performed as a featured storyteller in the Christmas and Spring Revels in Cambridge and Boston, the Cambridge River Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Albany River Festival, 3 Apples Storytelling Festival, and at the Clearwater Festival. Norah has been presenting workshops and stories for people of all ages throughout New England and also in New York, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas and Phoenix. She has published 6 spoken word CDs available at CDBaby. She and her colleague Andrea Lovett are co-founders of MassMouth, a program that trains MA students and their teachers the art of crafting and performing stories.

1001 Stories in High School: Scheherazade Revisited

There is a bell or a buzzer and then–an explosion of noise! It’s the change of classes. Whether in Everett or Newburyport, we were carried on waves of energy and words from the quiet end of one class to the subdued beginning of the next. Yes! Here was the natural drive of teenagers to communicate and connect that we wanted to engage. When we started teaching high school students we were pumped, ready and excited.