SOCIETY FOR STORYTELLING Monthly Storytelling Newsletter for March 2017 South and South West

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Monthly Storytelling Newsletter March 2017  

South and South West

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. 

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.
If 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.
Did 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.
Festival this month
March 9-12 
Gŵyl Chwedleua Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival Pumed Gainc The Fifth Branch Tales from the lost book of Wales
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. 
Courses this month
March courses and events at the International School of Storytelling
10th - 12th March Begin it Now with Stella Kassimati  Emerson College, East Sussex.  Introduction to Storytelling: a weekend course
17th - 18th March Two's Company with Bronia Evers Emerson College, East Sussex
A playful and fun introduction to puppetry and puppet making as tools for creative storytelling.
17th - 19th March Teller, Tales and Tradition with Shonaleigh  Emerson College, East Sussex
Join Teller and Tradition bearer Shonaleigh for a unique, immersive weekend of storytelling to experience a living, unbroken oral tradition and gain an insight into how a culture thrived before the written word became common practice.
Saturday 25th March  7.30pm (end 9.30pm with interval) Birth, Death, and the Stuff in between with Carol Thompson, Judy Cassels, Teri West of Heroes Anonymous  The Storytelling Hut at Emerson College, Forest Row
Clown and Storytelling meet in three unique, personal stories offering the Fool's perspective on the universal light and dark aspects of the Human Condition.  Suitable for ages 7+



Friday 17 March @ 7.30pm  Bridport Arts Centre DT6 3NR  Tickets: £8 (£5 concessions) on the door or online at
 KATY CAWKWELL tells THE FALCON BRIDE – a ‘Nordic Noir’ of episodes from the great Icelandic Njal’s Saga. A fascinating glimpse into pagan society in the land of ice and fire. Darkly comic, tragically romantic by turns, this is a tale full of sex, murder, power politics ... and the importance of salt fish. Katy is a compelling storyteller, well-known for unravelling epic narratives into glittering stories that linger in the mind long after they are told.


Sat 11th March in the Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter, Devon EX3 0QQLittle Red Riding Hood and Other Lost Girls told 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, women 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.  

Doors open 7.45pm for 8pm start, there will be a short interval and it finishes approx 10pm

Tickets £8/£7 on the door/online/at Topsham Bookshop


Saturday 11 March at Village Hall, Garway 2pm.   STORIES FROM MOUNT PLEASANT

Story is a magical being, it nourishes our soul, it heals our wounds, and it gives us courage to live a real life. "Once upon a time...." then we travel to a wonder world.  Austin Keenan gathers his folks to share special stories to nourish our hearts and soul. Please bring your family and friends, we have stories to share. We advise you to come 10 minutes early so everyone can get comfortable and enjoy stories.

Great Malvern

Saturday 11 March at Elmslie House, Great Malvern 7:30pm.  HELD IN PLACE  Storytellers Fiona Eadie and Valerie Dean will take you on a journey of stories woven from our rich heritage of traditional tales. Join them as they travel the ancient routes bringing to life tales of ancient places along the way. Suitable for 12+.


Friday 10th March 6pm-7.30pm  Spring Stories by Clare Steele and Josie Felce.  A warm and captivating story time for families to     celebrate World Book Day  ( 8th March). ffi:01453-889504

Saturday 25 March at Ruskin Mill, Nailsworth 10:30amSATURDAY MORNING STORIES 

Come and enjoy the wonder, wit, mystery and magic of stories from around the world with storyteller Fiona Eadie. Stories are for everyone and adults without children as as welcome as children with adults. Suggested minimum age is 5.
Friday 17 March 8pm.The Painswick Centre, Bisley Street, Painswick, Stroud GL6 6QQ, SPOKEN WORD DOUBLE BILL!

 CALIFORNIA SCHEMING - CLARE FERGUSON-WALKER One woman's poetic narrative about a lifelong fascination with America, a not so secret dream to hit the big time and what happened when she finally got to Hollywood. HOW I CAME TO BE WHERE I NEVER WAS - JONNY FLUFFYPUNK Jonny Fluffypunk grew up in suburban nowhere. This is a story about trying to find yourself, when you find yourself rootless.


Tuesday 7 March at the Health Hydro, Swindon 7:30 pmWONDERWORDS
Wonderwords returns to Swindon this month with a glittering array of wordy delights to light up our corner of the Health Hydro. Bring your stories, songs, poems, anecdotes, music, comedy and other performances that celebrate the wonder of words, or just sit back and enjoy what the performers have to offer. £2 entry, refreshments.

Regular events   

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



Bath Storytelling Circle
Monday 20 March at The Raven, Queen Street, Bath 8pmSupporting the oral tradition through performances of stories, songs and poems (from memory, not read). Organised by David Metcalfe. Free, arrive 8.00pm for 8.15pm start. 

For further information call 01225-789439.
Bodmin, Cornwall
"STRONG WORDS" meet on the last Monday of the month at the Mason's Arms, Bodmin at 8pm. We are a friendly, informal gathering for those who enjoy telling or listening. Next session 27 March Website
Bristol Story Cafe, La Ruca Cafe, Gloucester Road, Bishopston, No information on frequency.  

Bruton Folk Tales Third Tuesday – Next session 21 March.  Green Monkey Café, 35 High Street Bruton, Somerset, BA10 0AH 

Traditional storytellers and original songwriters.  Doors 7pm for 7.30pm Start, £3 entry  Contact Martin on 0794 6102061 or Tim on 0781 725 8211


Wednesday 29 March at Smokey Joe's, Bennington Street, Cheltenham 7pmJOE'S YARNS
You’ll find stories galore at Joe’s Yarns. Everyone is welcome whether you just want to listen or fancy sharing a story. We can guarantee there will be laughs, sighs and much much more. The clock’s ticking and that story you have hidden inside you wants to get out... Meets every last Wednesday of the month.
Chewton Mendip
Thursday 2nd MarchStories 8pm till 10pm Chewton Mendip Village Hall BA3 4LL (six miles north of Wells in Somerset)
Monthly Story Circle (average attendance 20 plus) Free entry, donation in the hat. No need to book see Facebook Mendip story.
A monthly informal gathering for storytellers and story lovers - bring a story to share or just come along to listen
Meetings are on the fourth Tuesday of the month, 8.00pm at Whiddon’s Bistro, High Street, Chagford TQ13 8AJ. There is a charge of £3 and donations for refreshments.
We start off with a longer story from a particular story cycle (this year we are working through the Arthurian cycle) and then there is plenty of opportunity for tellers (stories no longer than about 10 minutes please; no notes or prompts).
Date for next meeting is: 21st March  For more information contact Lisa Schneidau,
We have a lovely new venue! And the date of Storyclub has been moved back to the first Wednesday of the month.
The next Storyclub will be held on Wednesday 1 
March in the Cowick Barton Inn, 121 Cowick Lane, St. Thomas, Exeter, EX2 9HF  and we have the use of the Monk’s Room! So our new venue is the most haunted room in Exeter’s most haunted pub, and is above an underground tunnel… The Cowick Barton is a lovely, ancient and friendly pub, and the Monk’s Room has a huge old fireplace.   Shane & Matthew
Isle of Wight
Isle of Wight Island Storytellers: 7.30 3rd Monday  Next session Monday 20 March. Details at
Liskeard Storytelling Cafe, Hub Café, Liskerrett Community Centre, Varley Lane, Liskeard, PL14 4AP, Cornwall. Monthly, 4th Thursday, 7.30pm  donation. Next session Thursday 23  
Malvern Storytellers  meet in The Great Malvern Hotel at 8PM on the Second Thursday of the month. Next session Thursday 9 MarchCome and tell a story or just come and listen, as you wish. We have suggested themes for each evening, but come and tell your story even if it does not fit the theme. .


Heads and tails  Stand Up Storytelling cafe
New Forest Storytelling Club, 'Boston Tea Party', Frampton's Mill, 15 Furlong Centre, Ringwood, BH24 1AT.  Monthly, Third Thursday. Next session Thursday 16 March. 8 p.m. 

Tuesday 7th March  “First Tuesday” SidMouth’s Storytelling Café for Grown Ups

WANTED ! Story Tellers and Story Listeners! Have you got a good story to tell? Something true or made up?

Maybe a piece of your family history, or just a tale you like to tell? Or even something you have written?

Come and tell us your story in a cosy, friendly, supportive setting with no pressure!

It’s the Spoken Word- so No Reading Aloud Allowed. Preferably no longer than 10 mins, shorter is fine!

Or just come for a cup of tea or coffee, and listen to a good story. Who knows- you may be inspired to tell next time!

Time :      2-4 pm  Venue:  Twyford House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth, Devon, EX10 8NF  Price :   £3  (includes a cup of tea or coffee )

More details – contact Janet at 07834

Fri 24th March:  Steve Killick tells “Koschei the Deathless- a Russian fairy tale”

Prince Ivan is looking for adventure and meets the warrior Princess Marya Morevna. They fall in love, but happiness is short-lived when wife stealer, Koschei the Deathless, takes Marya . Prince Ivan going to need some help to get her back, especially if he is to succeed at the task Baba Yaga sets for him.
Kennaway House, Coburg Road, Sidmouth EX10 8NG  Tickets in advance (£8) from Paragon Books, High Street, Sidmouth Or on the door (£10)   Refreshments available, Good disabled access. Not suitable for under 14’s  
More details – contact Janet at 07834

Thursday 30 March 7.30pm  Mr Rook's Speak Easy  Rook Lane Chapel, Bath Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DN  Mr Rook's Presents: Giants!  by Michael Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy.  Stories from the Bedrock of the British Isles  “There were giants on the earth in those days….”  Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy present a storytelling journey through some of the old myths, an exploration of the relationship between the Giants – the great rock builders – and the human beings that came after.  Where did the Giants come from? Where have they gone? And who left all those boulders lying around? Join us for an evening of myth and story, of fun, wonder, music, laughter and a smidgen of comedy violence, and maybe you’ll find out…Suitable for 14+

Doors 7pm, Start 7.30pm  Tickets £7/£5 available on the door or online from  
See our Facebook page for more details
Somerset Story Circle Second Sunday 12 March –  at Eli's (The Rose and Crown), Wincanton Road, Huish Episcopi, TA10 9QT  The Somerset Story Circle meets monthly to share traditional stories. As we gather to celebrate the oral tradition, we tell rather than read. Songs, poems and music are also welcome. Open to all - listeners as well as tellers. Our free drop-in sessions take place on the second Sunday of the month at and we meet from 7pm. For more information contact Sharon or Jem 01458 259553.

Sarum Story Club, second Tuesday in the month, 14 March, 20.00 to 22.00, at The Wyndham Arms, 27 Estcourt Road, SALISBURY SP1 3AS


7.30 pm Thursday 2nd March at the ArtHouse 178 Above Bar Southampton SO14 7DW Southampton Storyclub first Thursday of every month.  LOKI; an epic in an evening. Maker of mischief, father of falsehood, shape-changer, trouble-maker, traitor - LOKI son of Laufey was all these things, but most of all, he was The Trickster. Southampton Storyclub are proud to present an epic account of the old Norse myths, with no fewer than seven storytellers (and possibly more!),
Splendid vegan food, organic drink, cakes and coffee available   Tickets £6
More details and  advance tickets:
Stroud Out Loud
Sunday 26 February at Little Vic, Gloucester St, Stroud  7:30pm. *Poetry * Storytelling * Song * Stand-up * Monologues * Come and join us in our lovely new venue for Stroud’s monthly spoken word showcase.  Celebrating creative free speech with this entertaining bardic circle for all. Whatever your party piece – a new poem, a comedy routine, a folk tale, a song, a dramatic monologue, your latest artwork – come and share it! Arrive early for a slot (10 mins or less). Celebrate the art of memory and learn your piece by heart.
South Devon Storytellers
Meetings are on the second Monday of the month, 7.30pm at Pie Street, High Street, Totnes TQ9 5RY. There is no charge; the bar at Pie Street will be open. For storytellers and story lovers - bring a story to share or just come along to listen
We start off with a longer story from a particular story cycle (this year we are working through the Norse Myths) and then there is plenty of opportunity for tellers (stories no longer than about 10 minutes please; no notes or prompts). Next meeting Monday 13 March.
Wykeham Tales: 2nd Wednesday   Next session Wednesday 8 March.  20.00 TO 22.00 at The Hyde Tavern, 57 Hyde Street, WINCHESTER SO23 7DY
Advance Notice
Society for Storytelling Annual Gathering
SfS GATHERING in Plymouth 5th - 7th MAY 2017 Facebook: The Society for Storytelling
This year the phoenix rises on the theme CHANGE AND EXPLORATION.
 The Gathering is coming to Plymouth and with the help of a plethora of storytellers and massive support from Plymouth University, it looks like being a FANTASTIC event – one that no-one will want to miss.  This year Devon and Cornwall get to showcase their storytellers.
It kicks off with Devon & Cornwall tellers on Friday night followed by the amazing KlezbiansCornwall’s finest klezmer/gypsy band. Taking this theme to heart there are workshops throughout Saturday and Sunday that stretch storytelling  in all different but delicious byways:
navigating the digital quagmire,
co-telling & collaborations,
moving bodies,
cultural diversity through storytelling,
the music in the words,
using textiles in storytelling
PLUS performances throughout the day and into the evening and opportunities for ‘drop-in’ telling, loads to learn and much to share.
Performances by familiar and less familiar names: Steph Bradley, Katy Cawkwell, Sue Field & Nina Hills, Moe Keast, Mike O' Connor & Barbara Griggs, Lisa Schneidau, Tamar Eluned Williams, Alan Woollard and tellers from the clubs of Devon & Cornwall as well as the students from the first undergraduate degree course in Contemporary Storytelling & Performancebased at the world-famous Eden project in Cornwall. 
Storytelling Workshops led by David Heathfield, Terrie Howey, Sharon Jacksties, Denzil Monk, Mike O'Connor and Barbara Griggs, Lois Taylor, Polly Tisdall to name a few, will open eyes, hearts and bodies to the changing world around us, giving you the chance to explore new ways to tell.
A chance to have your say about the SfS and an opportunity to come and make new contacts and share ideas.
Support the Junior Storytelling competition for Devon & Cornwall on the Sunday by showing the youngsters (7+) that we care about storytelling for the future.  So much so that we will listen and appreciate how difficult it is to get up on the stage and tell a story to an audience for the first time because we have been through it ourselves and love stories and want to encourage new tellers.
With all the workshops now organised, all that the workshop leaders need to know next is how many they have for each workshop, then they can tailor their workshop to you and your needs.  We have a very exciting and diverse range of workshops for you this year and we are hoping that there will be something for some really great story telling performances in the late afternoons and Friday and Saturday evening and time to share ideas.
With so many positive changes in the Sfs you can expect some lively and thrilling things to discuss  ...come and listen, or join in and have your say...
BOOKING   The Booking forms are now on the sfs website   Go to HOME PAGE... Click on The Gathering and a drop down Menu will show You 'Order Tickets'  SPECIAL EARLY BIRD PRICES for members and non members TILL THE END OF MARCH.
The Gathering is at Plymouth University’s iconic Roland Levinsky Building in Plymouth City Centre
Yes, you have to find the cost of travel and accommodation (don’t forget Airbnb as well as Guest Houses, Hotels and caravan sites – all within easy distance of the University) but the biggest yes of all is that for the price of the weekend ticket plus Friday night you get an experience to revel in. 
Information about accommodation will appear on SFS website by 14th February.
Plymouth University have a large database of AirB&B's and  B&B's in and around the City and into the countryside. If you have any immediate concerns over accommodation/travel you cancontactLIZ BERG. Gathering
or PAUL JACKSON on more general matters as SfS Director: email:
East Anglian Storytelling Festival, 30th June – 2nd July
Save 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 2017
Please note: new venue this year

Dearnford Lake. Tilstock Road, Whitchurch SY13 3JQ

A packed programme of events tailored for all age groups, over a weekend that is unique in the festival calendar. FatE is the oldest storytelling festival in England and has something for everyone. There is an exciting adult programme, late night stories, a dedicated programme for children, and practical workshops throughout the weekend to help improve your skills.  
Including: story rounds/music jams, story walks, seven covered venues, outside performance areas, CAMRA beer tent, craft stalls, and on-site catering and camping.
Ticket booking form is available on the website - please contact us if you would like a booking form sent to you. Check the website for general festival information, on-line booking and full details of artists appearing.
Other advance news:
Course at the International School of Storytelling
ONLY TWO (2) PLACES LEFT! If this is for you, book NOW!  

7 – 9 April 2017, a weekend course  Starting on Friday at 19.30 and ending on Sunday at 15.30.  Storytelling Hut at Emerson College, Forest Row  “Gifts from our Ancestors: Performing Family Tales” with Stella Kassimati and Pelin Turgut
Tuition Fee: £165
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. This is a chance to do some intensive, tailored work on your storytelling skills and a safe place to practice the intimacy of sharing personal stories with an audience. Our goal is to create a performance with many tellers that we can take to places and people where it is most needed, whether to refugee groups, divided communities that receive them, or policy makers.  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. 

To book:

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        

Storytelling for Health International Conference
Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June 2017 in Swansea, South Wales starting with welcome event Thursday 15th at 7pm

Early bird booking for the Storytelling for Health conference ends on 1st March.  You  can book your early bird ticket online at .  We are really excited about the range of presentations and level of interest and think it is going to be an event that you won’t want to miss. 


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 Adults
We’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 

If you want information from other regions:

London and South East England:

East Anglia:

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 

If you want information from other regions:

London and South East England:

East Anglia: