Three golden apples fell from the sky
The first is for me, who told the story
The second is for you who listened
The third I take in my right hand and throw over my left shoulder
For all the people who told the story before me
A weekend celebrating stories handed down as gifts to us.
Taffy Thomas MBE, first Laureate for Storytelling will once again curate and return to host the weekend, featuring leading storytellers, musicians and even food historians to present workshops, shows, discussions and, of course, the ever popular ‘Merry Neet ‘ ceilidh, followed by Late Night Tales.
Details of the full tutor team will be added as the programme is confirmed.
Who’s it For?
Storytellers of all levels of experience are welcome. It’s ok too if you just want to come and listen, after all ” . . if speaking were more important than listening, we’d have two tongues and one ear.” (Taffy)
Taffy Thomas was awarded the MBE in 2001 for services to storytelling and charity, is the patron of The Society for Storytelling, and received The English Folk Dance and Song Society Gold Badge award in 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.”
Taffy originally trained as a Literature and Drama teacher. After teaching for several years he founded and directed the legendary folk theatre company, Magic Lantern, illustrating traditional stories and songs with shadow puppets and circus skills. He founded and directed the community arts company, Charivari, with their popular touring unit, the Fabulous Salami Brothers, which he fronted and performed in. After a major stroke at the age of 36 Taffy turned back to storytelling as self-imposed speech therapy, which turned into a new career.
Taffy has a repertoire of more than 300 stories, collected mainly from traditional oral sources, which he is happy to tell in almost any situation. This repertoire was built by meeting and working with virtually all the great traditional storytellers who were alive in Britain. He is now the most experienced English storyteller, having performed in many countries on four continents.
Further details will be added as the programme is confirmed.Book now