Storytelling Events in London

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Illustration from Songs of the Trees.

Dear SFS Friends,
November WAS brimming with events. JUST WAITING FOR DECEMBER EVENTS
At the top you'll find a contents index with event titles only; scroll further down to read all the important details for each listing.  Enjoy!

Pippa Reid

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CONTENTS

A) NOVEMBER STORYTELLING EVENTS, PERFORMANCES & CIRCLES
A.1) CANAL MUSEUM with KATE PORTAL
A.2) CANDLELIT TALES LONDON: SAMHAIN'S FEAST
A.3) THE ILLIAD with CLARE GOODALL
A.4) HALLOWE’EN STORIES with GILES ABBOTT
A.5) CRICK CRACK CLUB: THE DAY OF THE DEAD with NELL PHOENIX, CLARE MUIREANN MURPHY & TIM RALPHS
A.6) STORY JAM / SEF TOWNSEND & TIM RALPHS: WHO IS IT SPEAKS?
A.7) GILGAMESH EPIC FEATURE : BBC RADIO 4
A.8) STORY NIGHT AT TORRIANO / SEF TOWNSEND: THE HAIR IN THE
MILK
A.9) CRICK CRACK CLUB DANIEL MORDEN, HUGH LUPTON:  THE ODYSSEY
A.10) STOWTELLERS / BRONIA EVERS & JASON WOOD: DURGA
B.11) STORYTELLING LIVE / ANNE WILSON: SIR GAWAIN & THE GOOSE GIRL
A.12) MAGIC AND POWER IN ALF LAYLA WA LAYLA: THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS: CHIRINE EL ANSARY, MARINA WARNER and SAMANTHA HERRON
A.13) CRICK CRACK CLUB/  ALYS TORRANCE: THE RISING COST OF CABBAGE
A.14) THE STORY PARTY - A STORYTELLING SOIREE
A.15) NELL PHOENIX: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD & OTHER LOST GIRLS
A.16) GILES ABBOTT: LOVE IN MIDWINTER

B) CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS OR STORYTELLERS
B.1) OPEN ARTS: IN ACTUAL FACT
B.2) YOUNG STORYTELLER OF THE YEAR

C) WORKSHOPS, GATHERINGS & COURSES IN LONDON
C.1) TELL YOURS: ONE DAY WORKSHOP & DEVELOPMENT SCHEME WITH CHIRINE EL ANSARY
C.2) INTRODUCTORY STORYTELLING WORKSHOP: BEN HAGGERTY
C.3) STORYTELLING WORKSHOP WITH SARAH RUNDLE

D) WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES & COURSES OUTSIDE LONDON
D.1) DISCOVERING SEASONAL STORIES FOR THE SOLSTICE,
D.2) TALES TELLER & TRADITION: SCHOOL OF STORYTELLING, FOREST ROW
D.3) STORYTELLING FOR HEALTH CONFERENCE, SWANSEA

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A) STORYTELLING EVENTS, PERFORMANCES & CIRCLES
A.1) SATURDAY 29th/SUNDAY 30th OCTOBER
London Canal Museum, 12/13, New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT
5 x 20 minute slots on both days starting 4.45pm.
All the 4 later sessions will be on the half hour of each hour, start times 5.30 through to 8.30.
KATE PORTAL would like to alert you - yet again - to the presence of a witch who has become a bit of a tradition.  She will be telling spooky tales with, no doubt, a very odd song or two. Details and times, and other Halloween activities contact: http://sfs.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8bdc57c12e0fc8a30cf6229df&id=3d3a584368&e=180bf50621   T: (020) 7713 0836.

A.2) SUNDAY 30th OCTOBER, 25 Ashley Rd, London N17 9LJ, 5pm
CANDLELIT TALES LONDON presents SAMHAIN'S FEAST: Samhain, Oiche Samhna, Halloween or All Hallow's Eve is an extremely important date in the pagan/Celtic calendar and for cultures all over the world. Come gather with us for a whole host of Halloween games, mulled cider and stories to give you the heebee jeebies. Ghost, ghouls, scary monsters and super freaks all welcome. Entrance: £8, £7 with concessions  Website: http://sfs.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8bdc57c12e0fc8a30cf6229df&id=518dce4b6b&e=180bf50621

A.3) MONDAY 31st OCTOBER
7pm
Bread & Roses Theatre 68 Clapham Manor Street SW4 6DZ
THE ILLIAD with CLARE GOODALL
Clare Goodall, an award winning storyteller and musician brings to life this epic tale of bloodshed, tragedy and loss in an energetic and punchy adaptation of the Iliad. It runs for 55 minutes with music performed on a reproduction Ancient Greek Lyre. In it the cast of characters come to life, even if that life then ends brutally in bloodshed. 0208 050 3025 £7.50 /£6.00 concessions  http://sfs.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8bdc57c12e0fc8a30cf6229df&id=704aa9535f&e=180bf50621

A.4) MONDAY 31st OCTOBER
intermittently between 7 - 10pm
The Queen Of Hoxton,Curtain Road, Shoreditch EC2A 3JX
HALLOWE’EN STORIES with GILES ABBOTT
things that go bump, hearts that go thump, corpses that rise and more on the Rooftop of this great bar. FREE!
queen-of-hoxton.eventcube.io/events/4768/halloween-storytelling-with-giles-abbott
info@queenofhoxton.com 020 7422 0958

A.5) TUESDAY 1st NOVEMBER
8pm
Rich Mix 35-4 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London, E1 6LA
THE DAY OF THE DEAD with NELL PHOENIX, CLARE MUIREANN MURPHY & TIM RALPHS
Inspired by the Mexican Day of the Dead, three fabulous storytellers dig deep into their potent repertoires to dance hand-in-hand with that dynamic trio of God, the Devil and Death. Adults 14+
£6 advance / £8 on the door ON-LINE: www.richmix.org.uk BOX OFFICE: 020 7613 7498

A.6) THURSDAY 3rd NOVEMBER
7.30 -9.45
Canvas & Cream, 18 London Road, SE23 3HF Forest Hill nearest tube
Story Jam: Who Is It Speaks?  SEF TOWNSEND and TIM RALPHS
Jewish stories of demons, Japanese tales of visitations and a song of what awaits us all, twine around you as two tellers take to the stage.
£8

A.7) GILGAMESH EPIC FEATURE: BBC RADIO 4 : IN OUR TIME
THURSDAY, 3RD NOVEMBER
at 09:00 repeated 21:30
'In Our Time' programme with Melvyn Bragg features the Gilgamesh Epic. The guest speakers are Enheduanna Society patrons Professor Andrew George and Dr Frances Reynolds, and Dr Martin Worthington.

A.8) WEDNESDAY 9th NOVEMBER
Doors open 7.30 / Stories start 8pm
StoryNight at Torriano 99 Torriano ave NW5 2RX
THE HAIR IN THE MILK told by SEF TOWNSEND
Stories from the darker side of Talmud and from ancient Jewish folklore: a demon queen, whose serpent-like humanoid offspring kill children in their cribs; the malicious ghost of a deceased person that possesses a human host to exact its revenge; the uninvited visitor at the maternity bed which only leaves once it has got hold of the afterbirth. How do mere mortals cope? £7
also WED 14TH DECEMBER : SARAH RUNDLE

A.9) SUNDAY 13th NOVEMBER
3pm
CRICK CRACK CLUB SEASON for Adults (15+)at BRITISH MUSEUM LECTURE THEATRE, Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG
THE ODYSSEY by DANIEL MORDEN & HUGH LUPTON
This compulsive, lucid performance by two of Britain's leading storytellers - Hugh Lupton and Daniel Morden - is true to the momentum of a rattling good tale, the wry humour, poetic reflection, and the profound human observation of Homer.
Booking essential www.thebritishmuseum.org www.crickcrackclub.org£8/6 BOX OFFICE: 020 7323 8181
also
SUN 11th DECEMBER WHERE THE BEAR SLEEPS - The Kalevala by NICK HENNESSEY

A.10) MONDAY 14th NOVEMBER
7.30 pm
The Welcome Centre, by St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow, 8 Church End, London E17 9RJ
Stowtellers - The Walthamstow Storytelling Club
BRONIA EVERS & JASON WOOD perform "Durga - the Forgotten Goddess. When the earth is consumed by the shadow of demon kings, the gods at last turn to Durga, the eternal mother, warrior and protector, to restore balance and harmony." (£5 for concessions)
Info from:  stowtellers@yahoo.co.uk  or 07837 308703 or find ‘Stowtellers’ on Facebook

A.11) THURSDAY 17th NOVEMBER
7 - 9pm
Waterstones Piccadilly, 203-206 Piccadilly, W1J 9HD
‘Storytelling Live! Presents 'SIR GAWAIN AND THE GOOSE GIRL: ANNE WILSON IN CONVERSATION WITH JUNE PETERS'
Anne Wilson, acclaimed academic, comes to Storytelling Live! to discuss her theory of Magical Plots. She unpacks some of the old medieval texts to reveal the older stories beneath.
Free but you must register on line at piccadilly@waterstones.com

A.12) FRIDAY 18TH NOVEMBER
7.30pm
RICH MIX 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA
MAGIC AND POWER IN ALF LAYLA WA LAYLA: THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS
How did the relationship between the East and the West change when 18th century Europe chose science over magic? Through tales of enchantment, an illustrated talk, and debate, EGYPTIAN STORYTELLER CHIRINE EL ANSARY, MYTHOGRAPHER and WRITER MARINA WARNER (SFS Patron), and AUTHOR SAMANTHA HERRON invite you to listen to, engage with and discuss stories of magical transformations from The Thousand and One Nights.  Bookings and more info - http://sfs.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8bdc57c12e0fc8a30cf6229df&id=96fb7438d9&e=180bf50621 Price: £8/£5 concession

A.13) MONDAY 21st NOVEMBER
7.30pm
Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London, W1D 3NE
THE RISING COST OF CABBAGE by ALYS TORRANCE
A rocket woman launches from her fortress. A city sleeps while it burns. A king moors his boat to a fortress in the ocean. A rope of plaited hair runs from a forest tower to freedom... but some people are climbing in, rather than out. Alys Torrance casts a net of stories and haunting song. Adults 14+ £10 / £8 ON-LINE: www.sohotheatre.com BOX OFFICE: 020 7478 0100

A.14) TUESDAY 22nd NOVEMBER
6.30pm (storytelling begins at 7pm)
Barristers’ Court on the first floor at Browns Covent Garden, 82-84 St Martin's Lane, London WC2N 4AG
THE STORY PARTY - A regular storytelling soiree in central London hosted by award-winning speaker and legendary rock journalist Beverley Glick and internationally acclaimed author Robin Bayley. We create a warm and friendly space in which to listen to ordinary people from all walks of life telling entertaining and thought-provoking 10-minute tales from their own lives. Tonight’s theme is The Best Gift Ever. There will be eight storytellers. You will also enjoy a selection of hot canapés, which are included in the ticket price.
Tickets are £20 in advance from: TicketTailor  (£25 on the door) http://sfs.us14.list-manage.com/track/click?u=8bdc57c12e0fc8a30cf6229df&id=cb80510129&e=180bf50621

A.15)  THURSDAY 24th NOVEMBER
8.30pm (running time 75 mins)
Crick Crack Club at Art House, 159A Tottenham Lane, Crouch End, London, N8 9BT
Fairytales for Grown-ups: LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD & OTHER LOST GIRLS by NELL PHOENIX
The fairytale world is littered with girls who are lost or mislaid, and very few are as innocent as you might first imagine. Nell Phoenix strays from the path in search of young, and not so young, ladies who have played in the woods, forgotten the rules, and should have at least had an inkling, that something was likely to go horribly wrong. Adults (16+) TICKETS:  £10 / £8 :: www.arthousecrouchend.co.uk

A.16) MONDAY 28th NOVEMBER
7pm
on the rooftop bar of the Queen of Hoxton 1-5 Curtain Road, EC2A 3JX
GILES ABBOTT tells : LOVE IN MIDWINTER London. You’ll know this as East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon - love, a brave heroine, talking bears and exploding trolls

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B) CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS OR STORYTELLERS
B.1) NATIONAL YOUNG STORYTELLER OF THE YEAR 2016
SATURDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
Shrewsbury Gateway Arts and Community Centre
Doors open 10.00am Competition begins 11.00am
Aiming to showcase and celebrate the young storytelling talent that the country has to offer and kick start the careers of a new generation of storytellers!
There will be two categories; 11-18yrs and 18-25yrs, with cash and performance slot prizes for winners.
Please pass or encourage this information on to any young storytellers who may be interested in taking part. For more information contact Joe White on 07707711980 or Jake Evans on 0780 3742 050. Or you find more details on NOYS’s and the competition’s Facebook and social media pages. And please come and support all the amazing young performers!
Shrewsbury Gateway Arts and Community Centre is located just a few minutes on foot from Shrewsbury Train Station with Pay and Display parking 5 min walk away. Cafe on site over looking the River Severn

B.2) THURSDAY 24th NOVEMBER
OPEN ARTS In Actual Fact (history, true tales, truth, politics, fact vs. fiction…)
See website for further dates and subjects www.openartscafe.com
Open Arts Café seeks diverse new work by young artists. We welcome submissions at various stages of development: from works-in-progress to polished pieces, relating somehow to the themes. If you have any questions about the themes, send over an email!
Please submit work as soon as possible to Maya at openartscafe@wls.org.uk

B.3) FRIDAY 16th and SATURDAY 17th JUNE 2017 In Swansea, South Wales
STORYTELLING FOR HEALTH CONFERENCE
Call for Contributions AMBU Health Board is holding its very first Storytelling for Health conference. This major international conference will bring together arts practitioners, health practitioners and researchers. Our aims are to acknowledge and celebrate the importance and growth of storytelling for health and to understand and promote good practice. To this end we are seeking contributions within the following three conference strands:  Sharing good practice  Sharing and building the evidence  Embedding storytelling in health & sustainability We would be delighted to hear about projects which facilitate communication and build shared language across different cultures (eg: patients and clinicians, artists and commissioners), projects which embed storytelling in training of health professionals, projects which have influenced policy, examples of project evaluations, examples of methodologies or projects which utilise different methodological approaches, case studies from any stage of the life of a project from origination to completion, inter-disciplinary evidence, and explorations of gaps in the existing research. Further information is available at www.artsinhealth.wales/conference
PLEASE SEND ABSTRACTS OF NOT MORE THAN 300 WORDS TO PRUE THIMBLEBY prue.thimbleby@wales.nhs.uk by MONDAY 3RD NOVEMBER 2016.

The conference is presented by ABMU Health Board in collaboration with The George Ewart Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales, The University of Wales Trinity St Davids, Swansea University, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, The National Waterfront Museum and Volcano Theatre

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C) WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES AND COURSES IN LONDON
C.1 ) SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER
10am - 6pm
TELL YOURS: A ONE DAY WORKSHOP AND DEVELOPMENT SCHEME WITH CHIRINE EL ANSARY
A new storyteller development scheme aimed at diversifying the stories we hear and the voices of those who tell them. It will be focused on developing unique voices of storytellers interested in re-imagining and performing myths, folk tales and fairy tales in a contemporary light.
Applications open on September 21st . Deadline: Monday October 24th. E: liviafilotico@googlemail.com The scheme involves:
1) A one-day workshop with Egyptian storyteller Chirine El Ansary
2) 1-month on-going email support to further develop your story
To apply and for more info please visit - filoticoarts.com/tell-yoursBookings and more info - filoticoarts.com/tell-yours

C.2) SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER to SUNDAY 20th NOVEMBER : 2 days
Rich Mix Venue 2, 35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA. This event is wheelchair accessible.
INTRODUCTORY STORYTELLING WORKSHOP  with BEN HAGGARTY  (for adults 18+)
A beginner's storytelling workshop led by Ben Haggarty, fairytale teller extraordinaire, and director of the legendary Crick Crack Club. This two-day, practitioner-led workshop is aimed at adults with an interest in traditional narratives (folk tales, fairy tales and myths) and in their performance. It will give participants an introduction to the core principles of contemporary oral storytelling, the process of visualisation, and of narrative patterns and structure. cost £150.00. A booking fee of £1.50 per transaction applies for this event (for non-members) www.richmix.org.uk  Box Office: 0207 613 7498  email boxoffice@richmix.org.uk

C.3) WEDNESDAY 23rd NOVEMBER
8.00pm
3 Croydon Road. London SE20 7TJ
BECKENHAM STORYTELLING CIRCLE :A STORYTELLING WORKSHOP WITH SARAH RUNDLE.
Our object is to provide a platform for people to practice their storytelling and maybe improve.
We are a mixed group who sit in the round to tell. We have tellers of different abilities. All are welcome be they tellers or listeners.
http://sfs.us14.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=8bdc57c12e0fc8a30cf6229df&id=57bbe0adac&e=180bf50621 Price £3

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D) WORKSHOPS, CONFERENCES AND COURSES OUTSIDE LONDON
D.1) SUNDAY 27th  to WEDNESDAY 30th  NOVEMBER
HALSWAY MANOR Halsway Lane, Crowcombe, Taunton TA4 4BD
DISCOVERING SEASONAL STORIES FOR THE SOLSTICE with SHARON JACKSTIES
Winter Tales,a traditional storytelling course for beginner and improvers  Discovering seasonal stories and worldwide wintery myths and folktales. To book 01984 618274 extn 1.  Email: office@halswaymanor.org.uk    Bus stops outside from Taunton station.

D.2) FRIDAY 2nd DECEMBER to SUNDAY 4th DECEMBER
Emerson College, School of Storytelling Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18 5BE
TALES TELLER AND TRADITION : SHONALEIGH
This is a rare opportunity to hear the lattice of stories as they would have been told traditionally, over days rather than hours, the stories weaving in and out of one another with the listeners guiding the journey by asking for stories within stories. To book a place visit:
http://sfs.us14.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=8bdc57c12e0fc8a30cf6229df&id=4ff1becc12&e=180bf50621 Phone 01342 822563 email admin@schoolofstorytelling.com

D.3) FRIDAY 16th and SATURDAY 17th JUNE 2017 In Swansea, South Wales
STORYTELLING FOR HEALTH CONFERENCE
This major international conference will bring together arts practitioners, health practitioners and researchers. Our aims are to acknowledge and celebrate the importance and growth of storytelling for health and to understand and promote good practice. Further information is available at www.artsinhealth.wales/conference
The conference is presented by ABMU Health Board in collaboration with The George Ewart Centre for Storytelling at the University of South Wales, The University of Wales Trinity St Davids, Swansea University, Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, The National Waterfront Museum and Volcano Theatre.

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