SOCIETY FOR STORYTELLING Monthly Storytelling Newsletter february 2017 Wales

February in Wales
Repeats every week every Monday until Tue Feb 28 2017.
Thursday, 2 February 2017 - 2:50pm to Tuesday, 28 February 2017 - 2:50pm

From Martin Manasse

Storytelling News from Wales / Newyddion Chwedleua o Gymru

Storytelling News from Wales / Newyddion Chwedleua o Gymru

Each month we are publishing news about the wonderful storytelling events and story clubs around Wales. 

Pob mis, rydym yn cyhoeddi newyddion am y digwyddiadau adrodd straeon ardderchog a chlybiau stori ledled Cymru.

We will also be highlighting different storytellers who are performing across the country this month. 

Byddwm hefyd yn tynnu sylw at chwedleuwyr  gwahanol sydd yn perfformio ar hyd y wlad pob mis.

So, whether you are interested to know where people gather informally to tell stories, or you are keen to start telling and would like to join a story club, this is a good place to start. 

Felly, os oes gennych chi naill ai ddiddordeb i wybod lle mae bobl yn dod at ei gilydd yn anffurfiol i adrodd straeon, neu’n awyddus i ddechrau adrodd straeon ac felly yn hoffi ymuno â chlwb stori, dyma le da i ddechrau.

It may be that you are interested in seeing some stunning storytelling performances in Wales.

Efallai yr hoffech fwynhau gweld rhai perfformiadau adrodd straeon trawiadol yng Nghymru.

Whatever your needs, this publication will help you to find what you are looking for. 

Beth bynnag ydy eich anghenion, bydd y cyhoedddiad hwn yn eich helpu i ddod o hyd i’r hyn  rydych chi’n chwilio amdano.

You can also try our website: for more information on storytellers and story clubs in Wales and how to join the SfS.

Croeso i chi hefyd brofi’n gwefan: am fwy o wybodaeth am chwedleuwyr a chlybiau stori yng Nghymru ac am sut i ymuno â’r SfS 



Monthly Storytelling Newsletter February 2017  


From Martin Manasse

Welcome to your monthly storytelling newsletter. 

I send one e-mail per month and the news coverage serves five broad regions: North East and Cumbria, North West and Yorkshire, Midlands, South and South West and Wales. If you have interests in more than one of these regions do please contact me and I will add your name to that list too. For the South East and London see the link list at the end of this newsletter.  If you want to know more about the Society for Storytelling or wish to join, do contact The website at is now running but still being improved.

N.B. When you see the number of public events listed, please do not be fooled into thinking that this is all the storytelling that goes on. There is a lot of non-public activity in schools etc. and I suspect that there may be promoters who have not yet got into the habit of sending in their details to reach me for the newsletters. 

Personal Statement.

I have always made it clear that the newsletter is for anyone, whether or not they are members of the Society for Storytelling but I have decided unilaterally to urge all those who receive this and are not already members to join up.  My message is a personal one, not from the Society's Board, who will, I hope, forgive me.

The Society for Storytelling is not a "thing" but a non- profit company and registered charity run by a tiny group of volunteers with an aim to keep oral storytelling visible and to communicate with and support people involved in any way with storytelling.  Austerity has been no kinder to the Society than to anyone else.  To join this wonderful family is not expensive (full details on the website) but the more members there are, the more storytelling will flourish and the more we can spread the enchantment of this great art. The website  has emerged from its long problems and is now at your disposal and is still improving day by day. This means that it has never been easier to join the Society, find lines of communication to others with the same interest and, once a year, to broaden your knowledge of storytellers and storytelling by attending the annual Gathering, this year in Plymouth (see advance notice below).  The Society flourishes from the input of its members which is why I, a member since 1996, choose to volunteer to compile and send out the monthly newsletters. In these very troubled times, we need stories more than ever to raise our spirits and I have found that the rewards for being involved, whether as as Board member or as a volunteer are worth a great deal to me. National Storytelling Week is upon us.  Seek out your stories, find the enchantment and ice the cake by joining the Society for Storytelling. 

News and general information

The SfS Website is live once more after heroic labours by Paul Jackson to get it back under our control and in a fit state. you are a member and haven’t already been notified of a password change, you may need to request a new password regardless of whether you still remember your old one (this is part of the getting back under control). Use the link on the page.Also:   Anything you are doing for NATIONAL STORYTELLING WEEK 28 January - 4 February 2017 please email  Del Reid


Regular Events

Please note: Not all regular events send notifications so if in doubt please check that the session is on.



STORIES BY GASLIGHT  At the Gas Gallery/Oriel Nwy, Park Avenue, Aberystwyth, every first Wednesday of the month at 7pm. Suggested donation £5   Wednesday 1 February.  Details from



First Thursday of the month.  Next sessions Thursday 2 February: storytelling in Brecon, Powys, for children and adults with Marion Oughton, at 4pm in The Hours Cafe and Bookshop, Ship Street, Brecon, LD3 9AD (contact details: 01874 622800 ). In case you don't know The Hours,  I'll just mention the delicious homemade cakes, the scrumptious savouries and the wide range of teas and coffee, all of which you can enjoy while you listen to the storytelling.  Or join in with the storytelling if you want to.  People of all ages are welcome - children, young people and adults - as the storytelling session will develop according to the people  who are there. You might choose to join in, watch from a distance over a cuppa,  tell a story of your own, request a story from someone else...Marion Oughton 01874 638165  CardiffCardiff Storytelling Circle, Chapter Arts Centre, Market Road, Canton, Cardiff. Monthly first Sunday 8 p.m. Next sessions Sunday 5 February. Info Suppers at Kemi's with fine food and wonderful tales from around the world. 
Thursday evenings, once a month, at Kemi's in Pontcanna, Cardiff Next event Thursday 2 February. Anne Lister tells the Tale of Jaufre.Anne Lister writes: I am working on a PhD at Cardiff University School of Welsh on “The Tale of Jaufre”, which is the only Arthurian romance written in the Occitan language, written either in the late 12th or 13th century.  I’m looking at it from the perspective of a 21st century storyteller, as this tale would always have been told to a listening audience rather than left gathering dust on a library shelf, and I am looking for venues who would welcome performances (in English!) of this lively, entertaining and richly funny story.  As these performances will form part of my evaluation and field work for the PhD I am not necessarily looking for huge fees (although the money would be welcome!), but I am looking for a variety of audiences (over 18) and venues.  I will be giving a research seminar in due course to the George Ewart Evans Storytelling Centre at the University of South Wales, and will be presenting some of my work to the Leeds Medieval Congress, but the story does not need an academic audience.  Storytelling clubs, festivals and other possible promoters, please get in touch! / anne@annelister.comTo book tickets contact Kemi’s in Pontcanna by email: or phone 02920372055Kemis Storytelling Suppers on facebook: 

Milgi Lounge, 213 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3JD  029 2047 3150

Tuesday 21 February 8 pm  Free entry, contributions in the hat

Guest storyteller: Phil Okwedy  Guest musician: Mikey Price

Introduced by Guto Dafis and Francis Maxey

Plus contributions from the floor – please let us know if you would like to do a 10 min floor spot



​​Storytelling Club in Conwy​

 ​Meeting on the third Wednesday of every month: Next session Wednesday 15 February at 7.30pm 

The Blue Bell Inn, 19, Castle Street, Conwy, LL32 8AT.  

Hosted by Suzi & Simon Moore ​

All welcome.  No charge!

For more details phone Suzi & Simon on 

01490 460563 or 07984 637068


Fishguard Storytelling/Straeon Gwaun Monthly Story Night
Wednesday February 8th 7.30pm  Peppers, 16 West St, Fishguard SA65 9AE  A special double bill - NOURISH THE US-NESS.Join storyteller Cath Little and poet Susan Richardson for an exciting new collaborative performance themed around human-animal metamorphosis. The performance will draw on myths and fairy tales from a wide range of different cultures, from Celtic to Native American to Norse, as well as on the process of shamanic journeying and trance dance. Meet a lion-man, a daughter who transforms into a deer, and hear the watery whooshes of a Celtic seal-woman as Cath and Susan word-dance from skin to skin, exploring both our intimacy with, and alienation from, our animal selves.
Floor spots available for the first half, contact: Deb Winter 01348-891 348  Email

Lampeter"Meanwhile" storytelling circle meets monthly on on first Monday of each month, 6:30-8pm, Artisan cafe, Lampeter. For more details contact or join our Facebook group; Quin  Next session Monday 6 February.


Ffwrnes, Llanelli,   3 p.m. Second Saturday of the month. Next session 11 February.Spoken Word Saturday. Expect to be mesmerised by artists creatively exploring the spoken word. Each month we will have a guest professional artists as well as our open floor spots.  If you are a storyteller, poet, rap artist, spoken word singer, film maker or first timer please e-mail to book a floor spot or to find out more information.  0845 226

Caffi Stori Llangollen Storytelling Cafe 

Meets for stories, songs, coffee and cake

Fri​day 17th February ​@ 7.30

​ ​- as always, the third Friday of the month -

in The Courtyard Coffee Shop, Castle St, Llangollen, LL20 8NY. Only £2.


Mae Caffi Stori Llangollen Storytelling Cafe yn cwrdd

 am 7.30gh Nos Wener  17 o Chwefror

​ ​ar gyfer chwedlau, caneuon, coffi a chacennau - fel bob tro, ar drydedd Nos Wener y mis - yn Siop Coffi Cwrt-y-Castell, Stryd y Castell, Llangollen, LL20 8NY.  Dim ond £2.


Come with a tale or song of your own, or just to listen.  

Dewch gyda'ch stori neu gan eich hunain, neu ddim ond i wrando.

Mae'na croeso cynnes i bawb.  There is a warm welcome to all.


Am ragor o wybodaeth, cysylltwch a Fiona / More information from Fiona: 01490 430 551 /

Swansea StorytellingSwansea Storytelling - hosted by Carl Gough and David Pitt.We are currently trying out different venues. For forthcoming dates and further details visit the website can also sign up to receive our newsletter through the following link Swansea Storytelling Club TenbyTenby Storytelling Cafe - First Friday of every month - 8pm  
Venue: Caffe Vista, 3 Crackwell St, Overlooking North Beach, Tenby,SA70 7HANext sessions: Friday 3 February.£4 on the door.  Info:  Tenby Storytelling Cafe page on Facebook or   Please contact Phil through the Storytelling Cafe facebook page if you'd like to book a floor spot.Advance NoticeSociety for Storytelling Annual GatheringSfS GATHERING in Plymouth 5th - 7th MAY 2017
Come and support the only UK storytelling networking organisation. Look on the website for further information. Festivals March 9-12 2017Gŵyl Chwedleua Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival Pumed Gainc The Fifth Branch Tales from the lost book of WalesCanolfan Celfyddydau Aberystwyth Arts Centre Mawrth  Tocynnau Tickets £35 Ffôn Phone 01970 623232 Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival returns in 2017 with a weekend of tales, films, exhibitions, talks, and music inspired by Y Mabinogi Project, as we search for the mythical Fifth Branch; featuring a full performance of Dreaming the Night Field, Adverse Camber's new production of The Fourth Branch, with Michael Harvey, Lynne Denman and Stacey Blythe; Cath Little tells The Lady of the Orchard, the story of Geraint and Enid; Guto Dafis entertains with the tale of Manawydan from the Third Branch; Jez Danks and Dafydd Davies Hughes speak with two tongues to present Dau Dafod; Phil Okwedy and Mikey Price present the Dance of the Stick-Fighting Warriors and other West African Tales of Life, Death and the Unborn; Gwilym Morus weaves new cloth from old thread in search of the Fifth Branch; Fiona Collins and Sian Parry will follow the Dream of Macsen Wledig; Tamar Williams tells The Girl Who Came In From The Sea, and Bethan Mascarenhas delves into dark tales from Wales; there will be a special gathering of the Young Storytellers of Wales who will tell tales to remember tomorrow; Maria Hayes will be drawing live and projecting images throughout the weekend; there will be an exhibition of illustrators' art inspired by contemporary themes in the old tales, in Oriel 2 and around the Arts Centre; linguistic art and wordplay with Naomi Heath; storytelling in the exhibition spaces; a free showing of 'Eldra,' an evocative film about the North Welsh Gypsies, made by Valley Stream using the ideas and art of oral storytelling; a day-long symposium of talks and films blending academia and creativity, with Paula Crutchlow, Mary-Ann Constantine, Michael Freeman, Erin Kavanagh, Sarah Byfield and more; two new History Press book launches in the Arts Centre Bookshop; a book and vinyl art exhibition; if the sun shines, there will be story walks; and in the unlikely event that it rains old women with sticks, there will be conversation, cake and coffee in the cafe. East Anglian Storytelling Festival, 30th June – 2nd JulySave the date for this free, accessible, very East Anglian festival full of fun, laughter, and unexpected treasures.  In 2017 it will happen at The Locks Inn, Geldeston.  Festival at the Edge  28 -30 July 2017Please note: new venue this yearDearnford Lake. Tilstock Road, Whitchurch SY13 3JQNo information on the website as yet but do look at the Festival at the Edge supporters page on Facebook.
 Other advance news:

Touring in 2017: Carol Graham writes:

"Watchers of the Skies" is written and performed by storyteller Carol Florence Graham and musician Simon McCorry. It tells the story of Edna Leigh, Carol's American grandmother, who embarked on a dramatic voyage from New York to Liverpool just before the end of World War Two in order to start a new life. Edna lived in the North West for over forty years and during that time she undertook a very different sort of journey - one that led deep into the heart of ancient cultures and to the discovery of an encyclopaedia of astronomy hidden within Homer's epic poems. In 1991 her daughter and son-in-law inherited her papers and eventually published two books verifying the discoveries.  

The piece spirals around Carol’s childhood memories, details of her grandmother’s life in rural Kansas and the discovery of complex star charts and maps - all interwoven with poetry, myth, and references to the work of Homer and Keats. Simon’s accompaniment on the cello draws the audience deeper into this remarkable story that spans generations, continents and thousands of years of poetry and astronomy.

“… I was enchanted and immersed in a journey of the imagination which drew together story, myth, music and the heavens which left me utterly transformed.”  Phillippa Slinger  - Manager Ledbury Poetry Festival

Watchers of the Skies - Tour Dates March 2017

March 2nd  - Hay on Wye       

March 4th - Cheltenham         

March 23rd - Henley on Thames

March 26th - Birmingham        

For more information see for Health ConferenceFriday 16th and Saturday 17th June 2017 in Swansea, South Wales

 Booking is now open for the Storytelling for Health conference, which takes place inSwansea on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June 2017.  We would be delighted if you could join us, you can book your tickets at


We have a really exciting range of speakers lined up with invited papers, presentations and performances from Daniel Morden and the Devil’s Violin (one of the UK’s leading storytelling companies),  Prof Mike Wilson (author of ‘Storytelling and Theatre’), Dr Jac Saorsa (visual artist, writer and researcher ), Baroness Eluned Morgan AM (Assembly Member, and initiator of the Wales Government cross party Group on Arts and Health), and Phil George (chair of Arts Council Wales).  Don’t forget, the call for proposals is still open until Monday 3rd November 2016.  We would be pleased 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.

For more information visit


News from Helen East:

Forget  dark winter, book ahead for a glorious summer storytelling workshop in southern France with well-known " leading light" Helen East.  23-30th Aug 2017. Only 6 places available.

In warm sunshine, by clear morning light or on starry nights, we’ll be in mountain country of stunning variety, from huge open granite slopes to dramatic limestone gorges and magical forests of chestnut, beech and birch. The rivers that start their journey to the ocean here have many guises, cascading over rocks and waterfalls, whispering over a bed of pebbles or winding serenely past intimate wooded beaches and through deep clear pools. Our host, a qualified walking guide, will help plan and lead our walks to seek out stories in this special landscape. You might be drawn to tales of trees, hills, ancient stones, but with all that water to swim, paddle and dream in, Helen will also be offering a particular focus on water spirits of all kinds- from the Arabic S'iluwa to Melusine, to the Blue men of the Minch... and beyond. Musician and drummer Rick Wilson will join our group to help with rhythm and music for an end of workshop public performance (advised but nor compulsory).

You will be staying in a splendid 18th century house in Florac, the little town at the heart of the Cevennes national park.  All prices are based on two sharing in spacious rooms each with ensuite shower room + WC.  Total cost 685 pounds per person for 7 nights, including breakfasts, picnic lunches and 5 evening meals, leaving two evenings free for your choice of the local restaurants. We’ll pick you up from  Nimes airport or railway station on the morning of Aug 23 and return you there on Aug 30.

(Flights not included, but workshop dates are determined by cheapest options on UK flights to Nimes, which are operated by Ryanair from Luton. Other travelling options also available; Nimes is just 3 hours from Paris by high speed train.)

To book your place, contact Helen on

From Settle Stories:

The Storytellers Art    Storytelling Training for AdultsWe’re driven to tell stories. But, how do we harness their power to develop engaging performance?  Across 5 workshops in 2017, we’ll show you how with training from Playful Being, Olivia Armstrong teacher at Central School of Speech & Drama and Sita Brand, Settle Stories Director. The course will give you all the critical skills you need to stand up in front of a crowd and tell a story. With workshops spread out across the year, this course will give you the time to breathe and reflect across the year.The Storyteller's Art is for people who want to invest in themselves, in the art of storytelling, for those who want to find themselves with the skills to stand up in front of a crowd and tell a story. Workshop outline: 1: What’s a Story - understanding the principles of good storytelling. 4th Feb 2: A Vocal Toolkit - voice and movement. 1st Apr 3: Find the Story - choosing your material. 3rd Jun 4: Comedy Improv - Improvisation with Playful Being. 2nd Sep 5: Preparing for Performance - getting feedback. 4th Nov  To view each workshop click on the workshop title above. £35 per workshop, full course £135 (Save £40)  Participants on the full course will also be invited to participate in a Settle Stories public performance.  Full course info and booking via:

Thanks and, again, welcome.

Martin Manasse.

Society for Storytelling 

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East Anglia: