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Monthly Storytelling Newsletter November 2016   

North East and Cumbria

From Martin Manasse

Welcome to your monthly storytelling newsletter. Apologies for the belated publication date but the arrival into this world of my new grandson has been taking priority, to the possible benefit of a couple of late postings that still managed to get in.

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 currently under renovation.

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. 


​News and general informationDid you know that if you go on line to the History Press and search the section on Local History Books you will find many books of regional folk tales from all around the country compiled by many of our storytellers. Courses this month from the International School of Storytelling Further details, information and booking from Storytelling and Trauma with Micaela Sauber - One day workshop exploring the issues of working with vulnerable people who may have experienced trauma - 5th November Gifts from our Ancestors: Telling Family Tales with Stella Kassimati and Pelin Turgut -  Some of our ancestors had the experience of being displaced from one land to another and losing touch with a culture or tradition that had previously been 'home'. They built new lives but the old stories may live on, often in silence. - 11th - 13th November. it Now: specifically with children in mind with Danyah Miller - By the end of the weekend you will have several stories under your belt, gained confidence in sharing stories with children and go away with some hot tips on how best to tell a story.  25th - 27th November.More News: The ‘National Young Storyteller of Year’ competition is back for 2016!Judged by professional storytellers this will be a showcase and celebration of the young storytelling talent that the country has to offer and kick start the careers of a new generation of storytellers!Date:            Saturday 19th November Location:      Shrewsbury Gateway Arts and Community CentreTime:            Doors open 10.00am - Competition begins 11.00amCompetition Rules - 2 age categories: 11-18 yrs and 18-26 yrs. Group performances welcome. 10 minutes max for each entrant to tell any story of their choice. No scripts allowed. Musical instruments and singing is permitted but note that they should not be the main focus of the performance.Prizes -   11-18 yrs prizes : Winner - £50. Highly Commended - £15    18-25 yrs prizes : Winner - £100. Highly Commended - £25REGISTRATION DETAILS NAME:    _________________________________________            AGE:       _____PHONE NUMBER(S):    _________________________________________    EMAIL ADDRESS:    _________________________________________CHAPERONE NAME* (IF UNDER 16):   _________________________________________   TITLE OF STORY (IF KNOWN): ________________________*Chaperone will be required to confirm entry form on arrival on the dayREGISTRATION GUARANTEES PERFORMANCE SLOT ON THE DAY. LIMITED SLOTS AVAILABLE, SO ENTRIES WILL BE SELECTED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE POLICY. PLEASE SEND COMPLETED FORM TO…. MR JAKE EVANS - SHERBROOKE HOUSE, FIR TREE LANE, WEM, SHROPSHIRE, SY4 5EUOR   PLEASE RING 01939 233186 or 07803742050 for any further enquiries. 



Saturday November 5thJoin Chris Bostock to hear The Storyteller at Northern Stage at 10.30am and 12 noonfor Sparkling StoriesJoin other bright sparks for stories that sparkle and discover how fire came to the earth as well as other stories from the hearthside.  Tickets £4  Further Information: 0191 230 5151 or Book online:

Regular Events

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


A Bit Crack: 1st Friday of every month at the Cobalt Studio, 10-16 Boyd St, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE2 1AP            Friday 4 November, 7.30pm  Ben Haggarty retelling the myth of Atalanta £8/5


On the second Friday of every month: Wyrd times in the North at Kielder Castle 7.30 - 10.30 p.m.  Tickets  £4 / £2 concessions Contact:  Next session: Friday 11 November.


Storytellers At Morpeth  I have learned, sadly, that this group has now ceased to function. All credit to Jim Grant for his efforts to keep it going.


Every Thursday: Mortal Man Inn, Troutbeck (near Windemere) from 9 PM. Spoken word night.  The Eden Valley Storytellers will be in attendance. Contact Kate. 01539 433193

On the first Tuesday every month:  South Lakeland Storytelling Club meets at 7.30pm at the Watermill Inn, Ings, near Windermere. Taffy Thomas and friends perform a variety of traditional tales, songs, tunes and riddles. Suitable for all ages. Free entry. Next session Tuesday 1 November.