LONDON STORYTELLING NEWSLETTER

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Paul Jackson

The SFS ANNUAL GATHERING 5th - 7th MAY in Plymouth

Details on the sfs website. EARLY BIRD SAVINGS TILL END OF MARCH!!

You don't have to be a storyteller to attend, just interested in storytelling!

Among the many interesting workshops will be a topic that is discussed quite a lot nowadays:

Storytelling for Dementia

http://www.sfs.org.uk/articles/2017/03/storytelling-dementia

Abimbola will be running a workshop at the Plymouth Gathering: see the link for more about this.

IT'S YOUR SOCIETY! have your say on the exciting new ideas and enjoy an weekend of stories, workshops, friendships old and new and networking! If you are not a member take advantage of the special membership price before the end of March!

Pippa : SFS London & South Representative

Some sad news to report:

TONY AYLWIN, of Storytelling in Hope South London, died on 8 March in New Zealand after a short illness, while he and his loving wife Mimi were visiting their daughter Anne. Our condolences to Mimi, daughter Anne and son Tom. Those of us who knew him will remember him as a kind man who gave great encouragement to storytellers and storytelling. We do not have the date of the funeral. A Storytelling  celebration for Tony will follow later in the year.

INDEX (SCROLL RIGHT DOWN FOR FULL DETAILS) 

EVENTS

1)   SATURDAY 25th MARCH 11.15am & 12.45 Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner Memorial Park,West End Lane,Pinner HA5 1AE.

THE SNOW QUEEN : MUSICAL STORYTELLING with PIPPA REID for 6-9 year olds www.heathrobinsonmuseum.org

2) THURSDAY 30th MARCH Crick Crack Club at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

THE GRAND ANNUAL LYING CONTEST   www.crickcrackclub.com www.richmix.org.uk 

3) MONDAY 3rd APRIL, 8pm Crick Crack Club at Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London, WC1N
MYTHS UNLEASHED: ATALANTA by BEN HAGGARTY www.sohotheatre.com

4) MONDAY 3rd APRIL 7.30pm Upstairs at The Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2

SPARK LONDON: BRIXTON Open Mic - https://www.facebook.com/events/1891953977747487/

5) SUNDAY 9th APRIL 2:30pm British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1
7 PRINCESSES by Xanthe Gresham Knight and Arash Moradi crickcrackclub.com

6) SUNDAY 9th APRIL  7pm Hackney Attic, 270 Mare St, London E8 1HE

EMBERS COLLECTIVE: WARRIOR WOMEN  theemberscollective@gmail.com

7) MONDAY 10th APRIL  7.30 The Welcome Centre , by St Mary's Church, 8 Church End, E17 9RJ.

STOWTELLERS - SPRING STORYTELLING ROUND, BALLAD OR POEM   E: stowtellers@yahoo.co.uk

8) MONDAY 10th APRIL 7.30pm Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HE

SPARK LONDON: HACKNEY Open Mic

9) WEDNESDAY 12th APRIL 7.30 StoryNight at Torriano 99 Torriano Ave NW5 2RX

SILENCE told by RACHEL ROSE REID -www.rachelrosereid.com www.nellphoenix.co.uk

10) WEDNESDAY 12th APRIL  7.30pm  Dogstar Brixton, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ

SPARK LONDON Smut Slam London www.camerynmoore.com

11) THURSDAY 13th APRIL, 8.30pm Arthouse, 159A Tottenham Ln, London N8 9BT
BABA YAGA! BY XANTHE GRESHAM KNIGHT www.arthousecrouchend.co.uk


12) THURSDAY 13th APRIL 7pm Location TBC, Please email sarahdeco@me.com

THE NORTH LONDON TRADITIONAL STORYTELLING CIRCLE 

13)  SUNDAY 16th APRIL From 12pm Lizzy's on the Green, Newington Green London N16 9PX

EASTER STORIES EMILY HANNA OF TALES FROM THE DRAGONFLY www.talesfromthedragonfly.com

14) SUNDAY 30th APRIL 10.30am and 11.30am National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

MAGIC CARPET STORYTELLING with EMILY HANNA-  www.nationalgallery.org.uk

15) WEDNESDAY 19th APRIL 7:45  Camden Head 100 Camden High Street London NW1 0L

NATURAL BORN STORYTELLERS : This month: RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES  www.naturalbornstorytellers.com


16) WEDNESDAY 26th APRIL 8:00pm Goldsmiths Arms. 3 Croydon Road. Penge SE20 7TJ

BECKENHAM STORYTELLING CIRCLE. www.beckenhamstorytellingcircle.yolasite.com

17) FRIDAY 28th APRIL 7:30pm  St Michael’s Sanctuary, Church Lane, Ewell, KT17 2AS

TALES FROM THE DECAMERON. www.surreystorytellersguild.co.uk

18) FRIDAY 28th APRIL  7.30 pm The Hub Coffee House 1a Kennington Road  Lambeth SE1 7QP

STORIES: A SELECTION OF STORYTELLING PIECES FROM A RANGE OF STORYTELLERS E: louisebland@yahoo.com .

WORKSHOPS & COURSES

19) 1st - 2nd APRIL Rich Mix London, Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

INTERMEDIATE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP WITH BEN HAGGARTY

www.richmix.org.uk/events/theatre/storytelling-workshop-intermediate-workshop

20) TUESDAY 4th APRIL 8 – 9.30 pm EARLY BIRD SPECIAL BY 25th MARCH New North London Synagogue 80 East End Road N3 2SY

STORYTELLING FOR PARENTS with RACHEL ROSE REID Email office@nnls-masorti.org.ukhttps//event.bookitbee.com/e/5h4h5 T: 020 8346 8560

21) 7th – 9th APRIL, Storytelling Hut at Emerson College, Forest Row
“GIFTS FROM OUR ANCESTORS: PERFORMING FAMILY TALES” WITH STELLA KASSIMATI AND PELIN TURGUT
www.schoolofstorytelling.com/is-this-for-me/weekend-and-short-courses/telling-family-tales.html

22) TUESDAY 11th APRIL 7:30pm  St Michael’s Sanctuary, Church Lane, Ewell, KT17 2AS

STORYTELLING ARCHETYPES WORKSHOP LED BY SARAH RUNDLE

www.surreystorytellersguild.co.uk e: surreystorytellersguild@gmail.com

23) FRIDAY 21st APRIL 10:00 – 5:30 St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG

SHARING OUR STORIES: HOW CAN STORYTELLING BRING PEACE?

Claire Chou Doran on 0207 496 1612 or claire.doran@stethelburgas.org

24) FRIDAY 28th - SUNDAY 30th APRIL Wenffrwd, Llansilin, Nr Oswestry, SY107PZ Powys

"MAY MAYHEM" WAKING UP A WORKSHOP FOR STORYTELLERS (LED BY HELEN EAST) AND SINGERS (LED BY KATE ALLAN) contact heltell@gmx.com   tel: 01691 791333

25) SUNDAY 9th to FRIDAY 14th JULY Emerson College, School of Storytelling, Sussex

EARTH SPEAKERS - EARTH KEEPERS - STORYTELLING AND GEOMANCY - WITH ROI GAL-OR AND KARMIT EVEN-ZUR

www.schoolofstorytelling.com/is-this-for-me/weekend-and-short-courses/earth-speaks.html e: admin@schoolofstorytelling.com

26) 23rd - 30th AUGUST 2017 Florac, Southern France

SUMMER STORYTELLING WORKSHOP led by HELEN EAST, WITH RICK WILSON SUPPORTING RHYTHM AND MUSIC WORK.

Helen on heltell@gmx.com or suitablelanguage@gmail.com

FESTIVALS

27) SATURDAY 10th JUNE 8.00pm The Goldsmiths Arms. 3 Croydon Road.Penge. London SE20 7TJ.   

PENGE FESTIVAL AND BECKENHAM STORYTELLING CIRCLE present "TALES OF  LOVE AND AGE"    TOLD BY GILES ABBOTT 

http://www.storytellinginpenge.yolasite.com/

28) 28th -30th JULY Dearnford Lake, Tilstock Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 3JQ

FESTIVAL AT THE EDGE

29) FOR CHILDREN

The Little Angel Puppet Theatre Islington, The Puppet Barge Theatre in Little Venice, The Story Museum in Oxford, Lyric Hammersmith, Polka Theatre Wimbledon and Unicorn Tooley St, SE1

FULL DETAILS

EVENTS

1)  SATURDAY 25th MARCH

11.15 & 12.45

William Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner Memorial Park,West End Lane,Pinner HA5 1AE.

THE SNOW QUEEN : MUSICAL STORYTELLING with PIPPA REID for 6-9 year olds

plus card making for your mother/grandmother/carer/auntie for Mother's Day!

All included in the Museum entry price! Adults £6/5 concs. Under 5s are free and 5-18 are £4; a family ticket is £18. There are two exhibitions plus a lot of children’s activities to do, as part of the museum entry.
THE BROTHERS ROBINSON EXHIBITION closes on the 26th so last chance to see it. https://www.heathrobinsonmuseum.org/exhibition/743

2) THURSDAY 30th MARCH

Crick Crack Club at Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Road, Shoreditch, London E1 6LA

THE GRAND ANNUAL LYING CONTEST  

Crick Crack Club Maestro of Ceremonies, Ben Haggarty, will marshal an unruly squad of hopeful contestants as they lie, or tell a story about lying, in an attempt to impress the audience and a panel of three carefully selected international master judges whose decision may or may not be final. They'll be competing for the legendary Hodja Cup - plus a chance to win one hundred guineas in hard cash, and be heralded the 'Liar's Laureate'. www.criccrackclub.com Adults (14+) £7 / £9 ON-LINE: www.richmix.org.uk 

3) MONDAY 3rd APRIL

8pm
Crick Crack Club at Soho Theatre, Dean Street, London, WC1N
MYTHS UNLEASHED: ATALANTA by BEN HAGGARTY

Audaciously reshuffling epic Greek Mythology, Ben Haggarty brings to the stage a fierce tale of a remarkable virgin hunter and devotee of Artemis who sure as hell doesn't want to have anything to do with men. Cost: £10/8 Booking link: http://www.sohotheatre.com/whats-on/atalanta/

4) MONDAY 3rd  APRIL

Doors 7.30pm Start time 8pm

Upstairs at The Ritzy, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2

SPARK LONDON: BRIXTON Open Mic - JourneysJoin us and tell your own true story based on the theme “Journeys” or sit back and listen to others. Spark provides a safe space for people to share true personal stories. https://www.facebook.com/events/1891953977747487/ £4

5) SUNDAY 9th APRIL,

2:30pm
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1
Epic Sundays: 7 PRINCESSES by XANTHE GRESHAM KNIGHT and ARASH MORADI
Xanthe Gresham Knight and Arash Moradi serve up a wild Persian fairytale. A labyrinthine epic of secret rooms, impatient passions, clever women, wigs, and a prince who wrestled his crown from the teeth of two wild lions to become king, £8/6 Booking http://crickcrackclub.com/epicsundays/9apr/

6) SUNDAY 9th APRIL

Hackney Attic, 270 Mare St, London E8 1HE

Doors 7pm, Stories 7:30pm

EMBERS COLLECTIVE: WARRIOR WOMEN

 Pagan folklore is filled with stories of strong, fighting women and goddesses. In the British Isles, prior to the arrival of Christianity, women were worshipped as the harbingers of all life and were allowed to bear arms and become Druids. They were treated as men's equals and were honoured as much for their minds as for their bodies. We will be bringing you stories of fighting women and goddesses from around the world as always accompanied by the multi-instrumental soundscapes of Tim Karp.  email,website,  https://www.facebook.com/events/1270860053002532/   Email: theemberscollective@gmail.com £10, tickets available soon via Hackney Picturehouse website

7) MONDAY 10th APRIL 

7.30-9.30pm

The Welcome Centre , by St Mary's Church, 8 Church End, E17 9RJ.

Stowtellers - THE WALTHAMSTOW STORYTELLING CLUB.  

Join us for our SPRING  STORYROUND - bring a story, song, ballad or poem or come along to listen!  All welcome. £4/£3 concessions Find us at Stowtellers on Facebook  Email: Stowtellers@yahoo.co.uk

8) MONDAY 10tth APRIL

Doors 7.30pm Start time 8pm

Hackney Picturehouse, 270 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 1HE

SPARK LONDON: HACKNEY OPEN MIC - Defining Moment. Come to our Hackney true storytelling night and share your story of a defining moment, or simply listen to the stories being shared. Spark provides a safe space for people to share true personal stories. https://www.facebook.com/events/1362423493814282/ £4

9) WEDNESDAY 12th APRIL

Doors Open 7.30 / Stories Start 8pm

StoryNight at Torriano 99 Torriano Ave NW5 2RX Nearest tube Kentish Town

SILENCE told by RACHEL ROSE REID

The single surviving manuscript of the tale of Silence was discovered in 1911, tucked up in a box marked 'Old Papers – No Value'; an Arthurian legend had been patiently waiting for seven hundred years.  Yet even in 1911, a tale of women's freedom and independence was a little to hot to handle, and so it sat quietly in Nottingham University, until now! A tale of naughty trysts and gender shifts, nature, nurture, and a ravenous Merlin on the trail of a juicy bit of steak.--www.rachelrosereid.comwww.nellphoenix.co.uk

10) WEDNESDAY 12th APRIL

Doors 7.30pm Start time 8pm

Dogstar Brixton, 389 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LQ

SPARK LONDON Smut Slam London

 The Smut Slam features real-life, first-person sex stories, guest stories from our panel of celebrity judges, and also The F***bucket a convenient and funnily named receptacle for all your anonymous questions and confessions! £10

website: http://www.camerynmoore.com/  / https://www.facebook.com/smutslamlondon/

11) THURSDAY 13th APRIL

8.30pm

Arthouse, 159A Tottenham Ln, London N8 9BT
BABA YAGA! by XANTHE GRESHAM KNIGHT
In a night of fairytale for grown-ups, Xanthe Gresham Knight gets us lost in the woods and into the bony hands of granny bandy-legs, the classic hag superior. With one leg made of iron and the other of wood, her transport of choice is a giant pestle and mortar, and her home a spinning house balanced on a pair of yellow chicken legs. £10/8 Booking link: http://www.arthousecrouchend.co.uk/programme/?programme_id=3811748

12) THURSDAY 13th APRIL 
7pm
Location TBC, Please email sarahdeco@me.com

THE NORTH LONDON TRADITIONAL STORYTELLING CIRCLE 
Let's meet and tell traditional stories. We are a group of storytellers, who gather once a month to share stories. The emphasis is on folk tales, wonder tales and myths but there's room for other tales too. The setting and atmosphere is friendly and informal. https://www.facebook.com/northlondontraditionalstorytelling/ http://storycirclelondon.uk/ £3 donation

13)  SUNDAY 16th APRIL

From 12pm

Lizzy's on the Green, Newington Green London N16 9PX

EASTER STORIES AND EGG HUNT - Join EMILY HANNA of TALES FROM THE DRAGONFLY for springtime stories and a special egg hunt.  All ages.  Admission free. www.talesfromthedragonfly.com

 

14) SUNDAY 30th APRIL

10.30am and 11.30am

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

MAGIC CARPET STORYTELLING with EMILY HANNA- Fly away on the magic carpet, which comes to land in front of a different painting every Sunday. Enjoy stories inspired by pictures in the National Gallery.  Suitable for children aged 2–5 years.Booking required - free entry http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/calendar

15) WEDNESDAY 19th APRIL

7.45 - 9.45

Camden Head 100 Camden High Street London NW1 0L

NATURAL BORN STORYTELLERS : This month: RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCES

Our shows are friendly, open, intimate and honest and the stories moving, life-affirming, shocking, captivating or just plain hilarious. It's different to a comedy show where the expectation is laughter... here laughter comes, but it's a part of a whole breadth of other emotions and reactions to the stories and it makes for a rich, fulfilling evening's entertainment. Experience one of the friendliest and most memorable nights London has to offer. We'd love you to get involved, whether it's telling a story, suggesting a new theme or supporting our storytellers.

For full event information, to take part or to buy tickets, please visit www.naturalbornstorytellers.com

16) WEDNESDAY 26th APRIL

8.00pm

Goldsmiths Arms. 3 Croydon Road. Penge. London SE20 7TJ

BECKENHAM STORYTELLING CIRCLE. We are a small but growing group of tellers who meet every month to swap stories and listen to stories. http://www.beckenhamstorytellingcircle.yolasite.com

A free event, but a small donation requested to fund future guest tellers

17) FRIDAY 28th  APRIL

7:30pm (doors open at 7pm)

St Michael’s Sanctuary, Church Lane, Ewell, KT17 2AS

TALES FROM THE DECAMERON.

Ten young men and women flee to a remote Tuscan villa for a fortnight to escape the plague, and what better way to pass the time than by telling stories? The best tellers of Three Heads tell stories from Boccaccio's Decameron, where stories of romance, wit and adventure sit side by side with tales of tragedy, treachery and trickery. £7/5 concessions. Book online or pay on the door.

The sanctuary has a “no shoes” policy so bring warm socks or slippers to change into. http://www.surreystorytellersguild.co.uk

18) FRIDAY 28th APRIL 

7.30 pm

The Hub Coffee House 1a Kennington Road  Lambeth SE1 7QP

STORIES: A selection of storytelling pieces from a range of storytellers alongside some spoken word/poetry and finished with a few songs. This is a special edition for the Readers & Writers Festival in May. 

No booking needed. £3.00 on the door. Nearest tube: Waterloo

Email: louisebland@yahoo.com for any questions. 

We have a floor spot so feel free to come along and check us out and decide on the day if you want to perform.

WORKSHOPS & COURSES

19) 1st - 2nd APRIL 
Rich Mix London, Bethnal Green Road, E1 6LA

INTERMEDIATE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP
A 2-DAY WORKSHOP WITH BEN HAGGARTY looking at shaping and constructing storytelling performances from wonder tales. Cost: £150

Booking: https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/theatre/storytelling-workshop-intermediate-workshop

20) TUESDAY 4th APRIL EARLY BIRD SPECIAL BY 25th MARCH

8 – 9.30 pm

New North London Synagogue 80 East End Road N3 2SY

STORYTELLING FOR PARENTS with RACHEL ROSE REID

You can be a storyteller too! Explore how to tell engaging joyfully interactive stories to your children, while enhancing their learning and development. Rachel is a storyteller who works with all ages, and has told tales with the London Symphony Orchestra, The Southbank Centre and BBC Radio 3.www.rachelrosereid.com Email office@nnls-masorti.org.uk £20 https//event.bookitbee.com/e/5h4h5T: 020 8346 8560

21) 7th – 9th APRIL, a weekend course 

Storytelling Hut at Emerson College, Forest Row
“GIFTS FROM OUR ANCESTORS: PERFORMING FAMILY TALES” WITH STELLA KASSIMATI AND PELIN TURGUT
We invite you to join us to work with us on family stories around loss, displacement, exile, and making a new home, with the goal of performing these powerful stories in places where they are most needed. The stories you bring can range from experiences of war, or loss of a homeland, to leaving a village, exile from a community, or children being sent away. All shapes and shades of these experiences are welcome. We anchor and honour them in our humanity today. You will need to either be a Gifts grad OR to come with a family story of between 8-10 minutes. We will offer personal coaching and support you in whatever you need for the story to shine, in a safe place to practice the intimacy of sharing personal stories with an audience. Our hope is to then create a performance with many tellers that we can get funding for and tour to places and people where it is most needed, whether to refugee groups, communities that are receiving them, or policy makers. These stories are a rich source of empathy and strength for us all today.  http://www.schoolofstorytelling.com/is-this-for-me/weekend-and-short-courses/telling-family-tales.html Fee: £165

 

22) TUESDAY 11th APRIL

7.30pm (door open at 7pm)

St Michael’s Sanctuary, Church Lane, Ewell, KT17 2AS

STORYTELLING ARCHETYPES WORKSHOP LED BY SARAH RUNDLE

A workshop looking at Archetypes: how they serve the story, how they differ from stereotypes.  There will be a mixture of exercises for both mind and body. Fee: £6 (£4 concs) http://www.surreystorytellersguild.co.uk email: surreystorytellersguild@gmail.com

The sanctuary has a “no shoes” policy so bring warm socks or slippers to change into

23) FRIDAY 21st APRIL

10.00 – 5.30

St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG

SHARING OUR STORIES: HOW CAN STORYTELLING BRING PEACE?

Where discussion and dialogue fail, stories have the power to build bridges between people and ultimately transform even the most complex conflicts. This workshop supports participants to integrate narrative and story-based approaches into the work we are already doing, and adapt responsively to our unique communities. More information contact Claire Chou Doran on 0207 496 1612 or claire.doran@stethelburgas.org

24) FRIDAY 28th - SUNDAY 30th  APRIL

6.00 pm 28th- Ends 9.30pm  30th (can stay over til morning)

Wenffrwd, Llansilin, Nr Oswestry, SY107PZ Powys

"MAY MAYHEM" CELEBRATES EARTH WAKING UP AND THE 'OLD ONES'/'TYLWYTH TEG' EMERGING.

It is a workshop for storytellers (LED BY HELEN EAST) and singers (led by Kate Allan) in the legendary border land Llansilin area, (home to Owain Glyndwr, Rhonabwy’s path in the Mabinogion). We will focus on grounding story and song in the landscape -walking, listening, finding the rhythm and melody of your text, listening and vocalising on all levels, –maybe even turning a tale into a ballad. There will also be opportunity for some drumming with the wonderful Rick Wilson. Our aim is for each participant to complete a piece for presentation. Cost  £170 (unwaged/student discount available). Only 6 places. (Local pub has b+b  - camping possible for the hardy! (double tent available) contact me for other options.)

contact heltell@gmx.com   tel: 01691 791333