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Tales in Trust – Stories at the Heart

Friday 21 Oct 4pm — Sunday 23 Oct 5pm, 2016

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

  • £220 – single ensuite room
  • £195 – sharing an ensuite room
  • £195 – single non-ensuite room
  • £150 – sharing non-ensuite room

Camping per person (all meals, and activities):

  • £140

Non Resident (all meals except breakfast, and activities:

  • £130

England’s first storyteller laureate Taffy Thomas MBE is joined by a hand-picked group of the finest UK storytellers to lead a weekend house party of stories, music and merriment, to stir the heart and feed the soul.

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

Expect story sessions, workshops, and a Saturday night shindig for all ages to enjoy.

Click here to see the provisional programme for the weekend.

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.”

Tamar Williams won Young Storyteller of the Year in 2013, and has since gone on to perform nationally at festivals and story clubs including Whitby Folk Week, Lakefest, Birmingham Book Festival and In The Woods Festival. She tells bilingual stories from her native Wales and interweaves them with tales she has collected on her journeys around libraries, folk clubs and festival tents. Most recently, she has worked as a storyteller/puppeteer for PuppetSoup’s award-winning Land of the Dragon/Gwlad y Ddraig which toured to the Scottish Storytelling Centre for Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015.

The Brothers Grim: Richard Berry has been storytelling for 30 years and acting for even longer. He has recently received a Lifetime Achievement award for his contributions to drama in Wales. Steve Killick is a storytelling psychologist with a long interest in using stories in education and health settings.  He is also host of Kemi’s Storytelling Suppers – a feast for story lovers in Cardiff.

Plus: Polish film maker and story writer Dotty Kultys; co-founder of Academy Award winning Aardman Animations, Peter Lord CBE; storyteller Stephen Fellowes; musician Richard York.