A weekend of Story Magic…
Hosted by the first storyteller laureate Taffy Thomas MBE, joined by a hand-picked group of the finest UK storytellers for a weekend packed with workshops, story rounds, discussions, music and merriment, to stir the heart and feed the soul.
“As ever it was BRILLIANT!!! Part of my annual storytelling calendar.” Participant
Featuring a new commission ‘Embroidering the Truth’? Tales from the Bayeux Tapestry’, a storytelling performance of ‘The Mermaid’s Song’, plus a Saturday night ‘Merry Neet’ for all to enjoy.
Who’s it For?
Tellers of all levels of experience, and those who just want to listen; after all, “if speaking were more important than listening, we’d have two tongues and one ear.”
“I am new to storytelling. I am now interested in taking up the art, and have already made contact with a storytelling group.” Participant
Joining hosts Taffy & Chrissie Thomas, the team for 2017 includes: Dave Tonge, Justine De Mierre, musicians Richard York & Paul Knox, Tom Goodale and The History Press.
Taffy Thomas MBE, England’s first storyteller laureate Taffy is the patron of The Society for Storytelling. Taffy received The English Folk Dance and Song Society Gold Badge award in December 2010. With Taffy’s head bursting with stories, riddles and folklore, professional storyteller Giles Abbot once commented, “when Taffy goes it will be like a library burning down.”
Dave Tonge – the Yarnsmith of Norwich – is an author, historian and storyteller. He has been telling tales since 1999, traveling the land to share stories at museums, heritage sites, festivals, fayres and schools all over the UK. His tales delve back through time, to the Saxons and Vikings, to Medieval histories, and tales of the Tudor and Stuarts. He can oft be found inside his medieval style ‘burgundian’ tent, filled with sheepskins and benches to sit on, and packed full of artefacts and replica objects. Dave recently published his first book of Tudor Tales for the History Press.
Justine De Mierre‘s multi-facetted storytelling practice “So… what’s the story?” uses stories to entertain, educate, comfort, challenge or sometimes, just for the joy of telling them! She offers storytelling and story-based activities for children, adults and businesses – from toddler parties to pub nights, festivals to corporate training. She also brings her storytelling sensibilities to her work as a singer-songwriter, performing as a solo artist, with her band and in the band Red, Dread and Fred across East Anglia. In 2015 she founded and became Chair of The East Anglian Fabulation – a collective of East Anglian Storytellers and was founder and organiser of The East Anglian Storytelling Festival 2015 and 2016 – which she instigated in order to put her passion for making storytelling relevant and exciting for new audiences into action.
Tom Goodale is a storyteller with a large repertoire of stories, including ancient Greek myths, Celtic legends, Medieval romances and Grimms fairy tales, running the gamut from fables to epics. As well as traditional tales Tom enjoys creating stories on the fly using suggestions from the audience. He will tell anywhere where people want to be entertained or informed – schools, museums, village halls, clubs, weddings, dinners – and also runs workshops for children and adults in storytelling, creativity and public speaking skills. Since 2011 Tom has been a Director of the Society for Storytelling, co-organising the SfS Annual Gathering, and redeveloping their website.
The History Press is the UK’s largest dedicated history publisher. They publish across a broad range of topics and periods, covering the exceptional people, places and events that have shaped our lives today. The History Press has become known as the premier contemporary resource for British folk tales. They are delighted to be associated with the Society for Storytelling and the Scottish Storytelling Forum, and the excellent work they do in upholding and reviving traditional stories and culture.