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Tales in Trust: Harvesting the Stories

Friday 21 Oct 4pm — Sunday 23 Oct 4pm, 2022

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

  • £270– single ensuite room
  • £232– sharing an ensuite room
  • £232– single non-ensuite room
  • £185– sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (tuition, activities, all meals):

  • £175

Non Resident (tuition, activities, all meals except breakfast):

  • £165

Join England’s first storyteller Laureate, Taffy Thomas MBE and a hand-picked team of guests for a weekend of workshops, performances and presentations to stir the heart and feed the soul.

Storytellers are often guided by the seasons in the tales they choose to tell. To celebrate the Autumn season when our weekend takes place, the Tales in Trust team present a programme of tales, tunes & crafts that celebrate ‘Harvest’. Passing on this wealth of folklore to storytellers and listeners alike, we hope to  ensure ‘all is safely gathered in’ for future generations.

This year alongside host Taffy will be guests Dave Tonge (the Norwich Yarnsmith), award-winning musician, singer & dancer Mossy Christian, and our story round MC Richard York (musician & storyteller).

The programme will feature:

“God Speed The Plough”
A performance by Dave Tonge specially commissioned for the weekend.
Tales that toast the life and success of farming folk. From stout backed & broad shouldered yeoman to tardy gaited, bed pressing labourers who were wedded to their mattresses – this is a set of stories that celebrates all of those horny-handed sons and daughters of toil who broke their backs upon the land long ago.

Dave will also be presenting a storytelling workshop over the weekend.

“Weaving straw & Spinning Yarns”
A practical corn-dolly making workshop with Mossy Christian, interspersed with Harvest tunes and tales.

Mossy will also be featuring in performances throughout the weekend.

“The Storyteller’s Harvest Supper”
A special presentation hosted by Taffy Thomas.
A banquet of tastes, tunes & tales, each delicious course from the Manor’s kitchen will be accompanied by a tale, a tune or a song. A truly unique event.

Plus… story rounds with MC Richard York for all to participate in – bring your ‘Harvest’ tales to tell! And also a special guest presentation by local craft cider maker Ian Cuneen of Mad Apple cider Co. (with tastings!).

Who’s it For?

Tellers of all levels of experience, and those who just want to listen. Bring stories to share, instruments if you play one, or just come as audience: “If speaking was more important that listening, we’d have two tongues and one ear”.

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.”

Mossy Christian: Award winning professional musician, singer, and dancer, Mossy Christian specialises in the musical traditions of Lincolnshire and Yorkshire. Drawing on a rich and diverse repertoire of traditional dance tunes and folk songs, charting the lives of everyday people, in their work and recreation, from the 1700s to the present day. Delighting audiences across the UK, with performances at festivals and folk clubs from Whitby to Sidmouth, Morpeth to Nottingham, his shows are a treat not to be missed. As a respected researcher, Mossy has presented and published multiple papers, on subjects including: ‘The Midwinter Traditions of Lincolnshire’, ‘The Musical Pennock Family of Goathland’, and the folk-song collectors Frank & Ethel Kidson.

Dave Tonge – the Yarnsmith of Norwich – is an author, historian and professional 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! His books ‘Tudor Folk Tales’, ‘Norfolk Folk Tales for Children’ and ‘Medieval Folk Tales for Children’ are available from The History Press.