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Tales in Trust – Ancestral Voices

Friday 23 Oct 4pm — Sunday 25 Oct 4pm, 2020

To make a booking enquiry please complete the form below. We will contact you to confirm availability and complete your booking.

Course Enquiry

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, all meals & accommodation):

  • Single ensuite: £250
  • Shared ensuite: £215
  • Single non-ensuite: £215
  • Shared non-ensuite: £170

Camping per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals):

  • £160

Non Resident (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals except breakfast):

  • £150

COVID-19 Note: We’ll be running this weekend with a smaller tutor team than usual, and with reduced student numbers so please book your place early! Our usual Saturday night Ceilidh won’t be dance-based, but more of a traditional ceilidh with participants invited to contribute their own spots (if they wish). Click here for Halsway’s COVID-19 Guidance for your visit.

Join your host, the first storyteller laureate Taffy Thomas MBE, and yarnsmith Dave Tonge for a weekend packed with stories and merriment, to stir the heart and feed the soul.

“As ever it was BRILLIANT!!! Part of my annual storytelling calendar.”Participant

Ancestral Voices is our theme for 2020.  More details on the programme will follow but expect performances, practical workshops and discussions led by host Taffy Thomas and a top team of storyteller and musicians friends.

Watch this space for more information.

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

The Team

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 from Norfolk. Dave has been telling tales for over 20 years, traveling the land and spinning yarns at museums, heritage sites, festivals, fayres and schools all over the UK, including Halsway!