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
Join England’s first storyteller laureate Taffy Thomas MBE and guests for a weekend of stories, food, music and merriment to stir the heart and feed the soul.
This year a feast of traditional folktales will link two great delights – folktales and food. Award winning storyteller Kate Corkery will perform ‘The Sweet Shop on the Shore’, which skilfully blends folktale with reminiscence. ‘Three Golden Apples- a performance with Tales & Tastes’ devised by Cumbrian chef and food historian John Crouch will demonstrate dishes that link to traditional tales (although sadly due to illness John is no longer able to join us in person). Baden Prince Junior joins the line-up bringing with him some tales from the Caribbean. Richard York and Paul Knox will enrich the broth with tasty music and song. Expect to be nourished in both body and mind.
The weekend will be packed with workshops, performances, presentations and story rounds. Bring your stories to share, your instruments if you play, and most importantly, your ears.
‘Sweet Shop on The Shore’ is an autobiographical Storytelling performance by Kate Corkery. Originally commissioned for the 21st Festival at the Edge, it was later awarded ‘Outstanding Storytelling Performance of 2012’ by The British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.
In a village by the shores of Cork Harbour an only child struggles to make sense of the world. As the River Lee ebbs and flows nearby, regular customers come and go to her mother’s small sweet shop at the heart of the community. Stories they share linger in her imagination and grow a life of their own.
This is a tale of tide and time, a passage through shadows inspired by childhood in a colorful Irish fishing community, brought to life by a master storyteller.
You can download a programme for the weekend here.
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.
Kate Corkery is a professional storyteller, teacher and writer of the recently published ‘Cork Folk Tales’. A native of Cork, she is based in London where her role as Storyteller in Residence at the Irish Cultural Centre won a Fringe First Award in 2009 for “her outstanding work in regenerating the art of storytelling in today’s society”.
She is a founder member of ‘Everyday Magic’- a combined Arts Company, bringing stories, music and art to London schools. She is also one half of the dynamic Irish/Afro Caribbean duo’ Spud and Yam’ with whom she has produced music CDs and inspiring educational resources.
In recent years, Kate has toured far and wide internationally telling stories in Colombia, China, Russia, Chile and Mexico as well appearing in many European festivals, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, The Faroe Islands and Spain. Kate has been a featured teller at most of Ireland’s best known Storytelling festivals, Cape Clear, Yarn, Derry, Courtmacsherry, Slieve Bloom and Ghost of the Glens. In 2012 her FATE commissioned piece,’ Sweetshop on the Shore ‘won the BASE award for performance of the year. Kate is honored and delighted to be bringing this and other stories to The Sneem Festival 2017.
Baden Prince (Jnr) is a dynamic poet, performer and storyteller who has been a part of London’s thriving Live Literature and Spoken Word scene for more than a decade. Between 2003 – 2010 he was organiser, promoter and host of “Speakeasy,” one of the most popular and highly-regarded poetry and spoken word events in London.
His own performance credits are myriad and he was Writer-in-Residence with the London Borough of Havering’s Library Service in 2003/4 and again in 2007/8. As a writer and performer Baden engages reader and audience with a style that is warm, self-assured and displays an entertaining blend of insight and humour.
Over the last few years Baden has developed something of a reputation as a storyteller, largely due to a series of appearances at the East Anglian Storytelling Festival where he has delighted and enthralled audiences young, old and young at heart. His repertoire incorporates traditional Caribbean tales, as well as original, self-penned material.