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November Storytelling News

31st October; Halloween Storytelling (daytime) at Highwoods Primary School, Chelmsford.
31st October; Halloween Storytelling (evening) at Bards Aloud, Ipswich.
5th November; London Dreamtime Story Circle, London Library Club.
6th November; ‘The Ideas Hub’, Chelmsford. Storytelling at a Children’s Poetry Competition awards ceremony.
10th November; Cultural Community Tea Party, Library, Chelmsford. In partnership with ‘The Ideas Hub’.
13th November; Adolescent Service users of Mencap, Chelmsford.
15th November; Adult Service users of Mencap, Chelmsford.
21st November; Donate4Refugees Storytelling evening to raise funds for the charity. At the Thenga Café, Kings Cross, London.
25th November; Co-facilitating a Storytelling Workshop, with fellow Storyteller Hannah Brailsford. ‘Exploring The Winter Landscape’.
Exclusively aimed at spoken word and written word storytellers and poets. Also for those with an interest in stories.

I will also be telling stories regularly at Tipi Woods, Self Directed Learning Community, as part of my role as Facilitator.

Halloween

In the coming week I will be telling a few tales of Witches, Ghosts, Skeletons, Ogre’s and generally horrible things !

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I had a wonderful weekend on a Storytelling course at the International School of Storytelling, looking at an old Sufi story called ‘Loves Garment’ a deep look at the masculine and feminine. A unique wonder tale, both familiar and somewhat strange also. In the evening I was able to tell two tales, The Hunchback and The Mute Swan and The Boy and The Snake, at a Ceilidh. One of the telling’s was to a large group the other was later and very intimate with just 5 of us left in a room, we turned off the lights and sat around an open fire which illuminated our faces, a soft glow in the darkness, as we went into the story. Both the stories were from Duncan Williamson.

A Very Busy October for Storytelling

30th September saw the return of the bi-monthly Storytelling event that I run. Many said that, ‘it was the best one yet’.
2nd October at Tipi Woods Self Directed Learning Group.
3rd October at 10 Green Bottles Song and Spoken word night.
4th October at Tipi Woods Self Directed Learning Group.
6th October at The School of Storytelling, Emmerson College listening to a Norwegian Storyteller.
9th October at Tipi Woods Self Directed Learning Group.
9th October at Chelmsford Cub pack, telling folk and fairie tales.
11th October at Tipi Woods Self Directed Learning Group.
13th October at Twenty One, Spoken Word and Music night in Southend, in aid of MacMillan Nurses.
16th October at Tipi Woods Self Directed Learning Group.
18th October at Tipi Woods Self Directed Learning Group.
19-21st Oct at The School of Storytelling Emmerson College, A weekend course. ‘Loves Garment’ a Sufi Tale.
23rd October at HMP Chelmsford Family Visitor Centre, family storytelling.
26-28th Oct at Emmerson College, Storytelling at Samhain Festival.
30th October at Tipi Woods Self Directed Learning Group.

I am feeling very happy and privileged to be able to do so much storytelling.

Gill West is this Sunday’s Storytelling special guest

The incredible wordsmith that is Gill West, will be our special guest this coming Sunday 30th. With a new set of spoken poems.

We also have Festival seasoned storytellers there too.

Its always a cracking night.

Venue; The United Brethren pub (The UB), 1 New Writtle Street, Chelmsford. (Back room).
Starts 7.15PM.
FREE ENTRY.
FREE Parking round the back in public car park.

Storytelling September

3rd; ‘The Library’, Saint Matins Lane, private members club, storytelling as part of ‘London Dreamtime Story Circle’.
7th; Braintree Moot, an adult storytelling evening.
9th; Maldon Oyster Festival, family stories, there will be some pirate stories.
12th; An Essex school project running for 10 weeks working therapeutically with a small group of children using Story.
15th; Ufford village Art & Culture Festival. A children’s session of stories, followed by a Grown Ups storytelling session. I have also written a village folk tale, based on the landscape around Ufford, especially for the village children.
18th; Bards Aloud, Ipswich, delighted to have been asked to be the guest Storyteller for the evening.
20th; Tipi Woods, Essex, Storytelling, as part of my new part time role as an Outdoor Facilitator, with home educated children.

Harlequin Fayre, Oh what fun!

I had a truly great time with some of my fellow Storytelling colleagues at Harlequin Fayre in deepest rural Norfolk. We had a wonderful time telling stories in the wood to children and adults alike. I also did some MC’ing work introducing some bands, a thoroughly enjoyable weekend.

Next up comes; Harwich Festival, Folk East Festival, Southend Fringe Festival and ‘Into The Wild Festival’, I will also be telling adult stories in the evening this coming Saturday 11th at Twenty One, an Arts venue on Southend sea front…….I may and I may not be wearing the silly hat.

Adolescent Storytelling

Storytelling for the ‘BIG KID Foundation’ a Lambeth based charitable Youth Service. Some of the young people came to Suffolk on a sailing week, to increase their skills and self esteem. I was invited to come along to share some suitable folk and fairy stories with them one evening. I think it would be fair to say, that they were surprised by how relevant the stories were and how much they enjoyed them. They were a great audience, I had an evening meal with them and a chat before the stories. Then later after the stories some of them sat around and chatted. They seemed quite interested that I had struggled at school with dyslexia etc.

The next few weeks

24th July I will be at Kingsfleet Primary school in Felixstowe to tell Pirate stories, shiver me timbers.
28th July I am at ‘Kenya In The Park’, “the largest Kenyan festival in Europe”.
3rd-5th August I am at ‘Harlequin Festival’
4th Storytelling at a wedding.
11th Guest storyteller at Twenty One in Southend.
17th-19th I will be storytelling at ‘Folk East’.
24th-27th I will be performing at ‘Into The Wild Festival’ (and also MC’ing).

There will be lots of stories and lots of fun.

What’s Happening on the Storytelling Front .

Upcoming storytelling gigs include;

10th July; Peggy Sue’s Bar. Leigh-on-Sea.
13th July; Root Camp, in Suffolk.
14th July; Voice Box at Project 21, Southend sea front.
17th July; Bards Aloud, Ipswich.
19th July; Root Camp, in Suffolk.
21st July; Jimmy’s Festival, Suffolk.
22nd July; Jimmy’s Festival, Suffolk.
24th July; Kingsfleet Primary School, Felixstowe, Suffolk.
28th July; ‘Kenya in the Park’ Festival to celebrate everything Kenyan. Abbey Park Barking.