What is Tenx9 Nashville?

unnamed*Great thanks to The Tennessean for covering Tenx9 in the Sunday paper on February 2. Check out the two pieces here and here

Ten×9 Nashville, a satellite of Belfast’s popular Ten×9 storytelling eventis a monthly community storytelling night in Nashville, TN, where nine people have up to ten minutes each to tell a real story from their lives. Crafted by the brilliant minds of Paul Doran and Pádraig Ó Tuama, Ten×9 (ten by nine) is not a creative fiction seminar; it is not a poetry reading or a musical concert. It is not a common sharing of favorite short literary stories or book excerpts. All these are important and beautiful practices, but they aren’t Ten×9.

This event is about us, our stories, our lived moments. Each month has a theme, particular enough to structure a night of storytelling but broad enough that anyone should be able to find a life story that relates. Pádraig introduced me to this magnificent Irish proverb: “It is in the shelter of each other that the people live.” Ten×9 is an attempt for us to live in each other’s shelter – through drinks, presence, and narrative. We are strange people telling our strange stories to strangers. Standing on stage with a microphone, storytellers invite listeners to enter into moments of their lives and feel – to penetrate into the undiscovered continents of each other. Any given night will likely leave you in tears, often from both side-splitting laughter and heart-wrenching tales of pain.

Tenx9 is not designed to provide a night of professional storytelling. It will always be a place for the nervous and unsure, a place for new storytellers to “give it a go.” We welcome a range of humans onto the stage – some polished tellers, others most certainly not –  but all embodying the messiness of human stories.

Ten×9 currently vibrates at the popular Cafe Coco on Louise Ave near the Parthenon the third or fourth Monday of the month at 7:30pm. Hop over here to see when the next event is!

Ten×9 is about real people sharing real stories. Only nine people can share each night, so most participants are simply willing listeners. Audience members will never be asked to tell a story impromptu. There is no requirement to share a story if you wish to attend. Just come listen. It is a special thing – and FREE!

You can follow  @tenx9nashville tweets or Like us on Facebook. If you want to share a story, let me know via Facebook, Twitter, or email at tenx9nashville@gmail.com.

peace to y’all, Michael McRay

2 thoughts on “What is Tenx9 Nashville?

  1. TENx9 perpetuates the ancient oral tradition of storytelling. As someone alluded to tonight, no technology can ever replace living, breathing humans coming together in one space to share their hearts.

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