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Tales in Trust: The Nature of Stories

Friday 18 Oct 4pm — Sunday 20 Oct 4pm, 2019

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Full board per person (tuition, activities, tutor's gig, all meals & accommodation):

  • £240 – single ensuite room
  • £210– sharing an ensuite room
  • £210– single non-ensuite room
  • £165 – sharing non-ensuite room

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

  • £155

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

  • £145

This course is now fully booked – but you can come to the public performance on Saturday Night.

Join your host, the first storyteller laureate Taffy Thomas MBE, and a hand-picked group of the finest UK storytellers for a weekend packed with stories, music and merriment, to stir the heart and feed the soul.

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

The Nature of Stories is our theme for 2019, for a weekend celebrating the place of story in the natural world. Performances, practical workshops and discussions will explore the way flora and fauna fulfil an important function in our folk tales.

Taffy will host the weekend with master storyteller Daniel Morden, storyteller and visual artist Paul Jackson (Chair of Society For Storytelling), storyteller (and our musical director) Richard York with Elizabeth York (song & harp), and musician Paul Knox (fiddle and northumbrian pipes).

The programme will also feature our usual Merry Neet ceilidh and story rounds with Tom Goodale and also two special performances: ‘The Magpie’s Nest, a treasury of bird folktales’ to celebrate the launch of a new History Press publication by Taffy and illustrator Becca Hall, and Daniel Morden’s new work ‘Beastly!’ in which people are changed into birds and beasts.

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.”

Paul Jackson is passionate about re-introducing storytelling to mainstream education with presentations at over 2000 schools, a recent tour through China and Paul has presented at festivals including Glastonbury and Latitude.

Daniel Morden has delighted audiences worldwide including storytelling festivals in Vancouver, Oslo and Yukon as well as closer to home at festivals in Hay, Bath and Cheltenham, The Barbican, The National Theatre and British Museum. With six children’s books and TV and Radio appearances he was recently awarded the Hay Festival Medal for his contribution to storytelling.

“Master Storyteller” Guardian.

Elizabeth and Richard York regularly play together specialising in historical music and interpretation with performances at events for National Trust, English Heritage and V&A Museum. Elizabeth is a music therapist as well as a harpist.

Paul Knox is a leading exponent of the Northumbrian pipes rooted in the traditions and music of Northumberland.