SOCIETY FOR STORYTELLING Monthly Storytelling Newsletter MARCH 2017 Wales
From Martin Manasse firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
www.sfs.org.uk for more information on storytellers and story clubs in Wales and how to join the SfS.
Croeso i chi hefyd brofi’n gwefan:
www.sfs.org.uk am fwy o wybodaeth am chwedleuwyr a chlybiau stori yng Nghymru ac am sut i ymuno â’r SfS
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
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 March. Details from email@example.com
Thursday evenings, once a month, at Kemi's in Pontcanna, Cardiff
Milgi Lounge, 213 City Road, Cardiff CF24 3JD 029 2047 3150
Tuesday 21 March 8 pm Free entry, contributions in the hat
Guest storyteller: Bethan Mascarenhas Guest musician: Mike Gulston
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
ARRIVE EARLY TO GET A SEAT!! – AND EARLIER STILL TO SAMPLE MILGIS’ DELICIOUS VEGETARIAN FOOD!!
Storytelling Club in Conwy
Meeting on the third Wednesday of every month at 7.30pm
The Blue Bell Inn, 19, Castle Street, Conwy, LL32 8AT.
Hosted by Suzi & Simon Moore
Wednesday 15 March @ 7.30pm:
All welcome. No charge!
For more details phone Suzi & Simon on
Caffi Stori Llangollen Storytelling Cafe
Meets for stories, songs, coffee and cake
Friday 17th March @ 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 Fawrth
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.
This month, Storytelling Cafe welcomes special guest Beth Mascerenhas.
Y mis'ma, mae Caffi Stori yn croesawu'n storiwraig wadd Beth Mascerenhas
'Of Light and Dark: Two Cultures Collide'
This show marries Beth's two ethnic backgrounds together, looking at The Mabinogion, while forging connections with Indian traditional tales, myths and legends. Using female characters from both cultures' stories, Beth will look at themes of cruelty and survival in both.
There will also be time for stories from the floor, so come with a tale or song of your own, or just to listen.
Bydd amser hefyd ar gyfer straeon gan y gynudlleidfa, felly 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.
I hope to see you there / Gobeithio'ch gweld chi yno
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
From Settle Stories:
Thanks and, again, welcome.