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The full programme is available for this year’s festival, 25 May to 4 June. We very much look forward to seeing you in May.

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Storytelling

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S1 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S2 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S3 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Cat Weatherill

Bluebeard

Event 158 Venue: Starlight Stage

Cat Weatherill

The charismatic storyteller takes us on a journey into obsession. Inspired by Perrault’s classic Gothic horror story, it’s magnificently dark, erotic and disturbing. But it’s also fiercely life affirming – a celebration of the love of sisters and the resilience of women. This is a defiantly female version of the tale, in which the sister and mother of the bride, Eva, are given far greater prominence. Eva is awarded infinitely more emotional complexity than usual, as she explosively transforms from a victim into a survivor who will not “rake through the ashes for half burned hopes”.

Price: £8.30
 
 

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S4 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
Drop In

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S7 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
Drop in

Ghastly Gorgons and Gorgeous Goddesses with Wilf Merttens, Readathon storyteller

Event S8 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Have you ever wanted to control the weather like the Greek god Zeus or turn someone to stone like the snake-headed monster Medusa? Take part in your own Greek Myth with Readathon storyteller Wilf Merttens and make your own mask to become a powerful god, goddess, or a fantastical monster, in one of the earliest and most enduring tales ever told. Dressing-up optional. Merttens has won many awards including Young Storyteller of the Year. As well as entertaining children in hospital with Readathon, he tells tall tales at folk clubs and festivals across the UK.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
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Tell A Hay Tale with Jen Lunn, Readathon storyteller

Event S9 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Are you a wicked witch or wizard in a magic castle, or a superhero with a secret plan to save the Universe? Let your imagination run wild to conjure up your own characters and help to create a unique Hay Tale. Led by Readathon storyteller Jen Lunn, this session will tell you about the ancient art of this oral tradition, and you can unleash your own storytelling powers. Lunn works with Readathon storytelling in hospitals and schools and has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create professional performances, podcasts and digital books.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
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Ghastly Gorgons and Gorgeous Goddesses with Wilf Merttens, Readathon storyteller

Event S10 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Have you ever wanted to control the weather like the Greek god Zeus or turn someone to stone like the snake-headed monster Medusa? Take part in your own Greek Myth with Readathon storyteller Wilf Merttens and make your own mask to become a powerful god, goddess, or a fantastical monster, in one of the earliest and most enduring tales ever told. Dressing-up optional. Merttens has won many awards including Young Storyteller of the Year. As well as entertaining children in hospital with Readathon, he tells tall tales at folk clubs and festivals across the UK.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
Sold Out
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Tell A Hay Tale with Jen Lunn, Readathon storyteller

Event S11 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Are you a wicked witch or wizard in a magic castle, or a superhero with a secret plan to save the Universe? Let your imagination run wild to conjure up your own characters and help to create a unique Hay Tale. Led by Readathon storyteller Jen Lunn, this session will tell you about the ancient art of this oral tradition, and you can unleash your own storytelling powers. Lunn works with Readathon storytelling in hospitals and schools and has collected more than 100 stories told by children to create professional performances, podcasts and digital books.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
Sold Out
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S12 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Pippa Goodhart: Can you bottle happiness?

Event S13 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

We can infect people with our own happiness but can it be bottled? This is the challenge young Pim is faced with when, accompanied by Tiddle his dog, he crosses a mountain. A beautiful, modern-day fable about spreading happiness through laughter and music. Goodhart is the author of more than a hundred children’s books, including the picture book You Choose, and the Winnie the Witch storybooks, which she writes under the pen name of Laura Owen.

Age 4+
Free but ticketed
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Create your own Parrot Puppets with Alia Alzougbi

Event S15 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Discover the epic tale of The Parrot and the Merchant by the legendary Persian poet, Rumi. Step back hundreds of years as you listen to the story of Mah Jahan, a merchant woman who collects and cages beautiful birds for her own pleasure. Follow Mah Jahan in her journey as she discovers the true value of love – and of freedom. Experience the ancient Persian storytelling practice of pardekhani in a creative workshop making bird puppets for children to take home and enjoy.

Age 4+
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Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Event S16 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to tales from around the world with Veronica Lamond and Auntie Kiko, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
Drop in

The Battle of the Birds, with Tom Hirons

Event S17 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Don’t strike bargains with giants and expect them to forget. Don’t trust your life to murderers. Listen to wise, magical daughters and always show kindness to strangers. Follow the King’s son’s son in this outrageous telling from Hedgespoken Travelling Storytelling Theatre. Not for the fragile-nerved, but suitable for sturdy-hearted children and adults.

Age 8+
Free but ticketed
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The Battle of the Birds, with Tom Hirons

Event S18 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Don’t strike bargains with giants and expect them to forget. Don’t trust your life to murderers. Listen to wise, magical daughters and always show kindness to strangers. Follow the King’s Son’s Son in this outrageous telling from Hedgespoken travelling storytelling theatre. Not for the fragile-nerved, but suitable for sturdy-hearted children and adults.

Free but ticketed
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Storytelling with Skye Meredith

Event S19 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come and listen to local storyteller Skye Meredith weave an enchanting tale for all the family
FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00
 
 

Storytelling with Skye Meredith

Event S20 Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come and listen to local storyteller Skye Meredith weave an enchanting tale for all the family
FREE BUT TICKETED
Price: £0.00