SOCIETY FOR STORYTELLING Monthly Storytelling Newsletter for March 2017 South and South West
Monthly Storytelling Newsletter March 2017
From Martin Manasse email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The website at www.sfs.org.uk 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
Sat 11th March in the Bridge Inn, Bridge Hill, Topsham, Exeter, Devon EX3 0QQ: Little 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 www.storytellingintopsham.moonfruit.com
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.
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 10:30am. SATURDAY MORNING STORIES
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.
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 8pm. Supporting 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.
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
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 )
Fri 24th March: Steve Killick tells “Koschei the Deathless- a Russian fairy tale”
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+
Dearnford Lake. Tilstock Road, Whitchurch SY13 3JQ
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. email@example.com
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.
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 www.globeathay.org
March 4th - Cheltenham www.bacontheatre.co.uk
March 23rd - Henley on Thames www.kentontheatre.co.uk
March 26th - Birmingham www.macbirmingham.co.uk
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 https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/storytelling-for-health-international-conference-tickets-28588813912 . 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 http://www.artsinhealth.wales/conference.html.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
From Settle Stories:
Thanks and, again, welcome.
Thanks and, again, welcome.