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Storytelling

Event 8

Sarah Thomas, Darragh Martin, Justina Hart and David Thorpe talk to Mark Goldthorpe

Realistic Utopias: Imagining The World Changed by Climate

Venue: Cube

What can the worlds of fiction, poetry, non-fiction and drama contribute to how we understand and respond to climate change? Do humans respond to stories more than facts? The work stems from a project called Weatherfronts: climate change and the stories we tell. The pieces referenced here were commissioned by TippingPoint, Free Word and partners 2014-2016. Weatherfronts brought together writers and leading climate change experts to inspire new writing that would encourage people to act to help our environment. 

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Event 51

Sarah Woods, Bill McGuire and Andrew Simms

There was a Knock at the Door – can modern folk tales help to understand these troubling times?

Venue: Starlight Stage

‘Strange’ is the new ‘normal’ for global events. Throughout history, folk tales emerged to help us come to terms with extreme events. With the world as it is today, might stories make better sense of things than news reports? Artist and playwright Sarah Woods is joined by Andrew Simms, editor of a new collection of tales There was a Knock at the Door, and Bill McGuire, Professor of Geophysical and Climate Hazards at UCL and author of Waking the Giant.

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Event S1

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to Veronica Lamond’s illustrated stories of Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers, and Kenyan author Aunty Kiko’s tale “Baby Elephant’s Safari, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Event S2

Ben Saunders

The role of solar in the life of a modern day explorer

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

The celebrated British Polar explorer, Land Rover ambassasor and Ladybird author talks about the importance of solar in his 2013-14 expedition – a 1,800-mile return journey to the South Pole on foot that broke the record for the longest ever polar journey on foot - retracing the steps of Captain Scott's 1911-12 Terra Nova expedition, and shares a reading of his upcoming Ladybird book, Shackleton, in which he brings to life the history, dangers and challenges of Shackleton's Endurance expedition.

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Event S3

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to Veronica Lamond’s illustrated stories of Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers, and Kenyan author Aunty Kiko’s tale “Baby Elephant’s Safari, 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 158

Cat Weatherill

Bluebeard

Venue: Starlight Stage

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”.

With simultaneous live drawing by Chris Riddell

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Cat Weatherill

Event S4

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to Veronica Lamond’s illustrated stories of Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers, and Kenyan author Aunty Kiko’s tale “Baby Elephant’s Safari, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Event HD44

Daniel Morden

Secret Tales from Wales

Venue: Starlight Stage

This writer tells ancient folktales with the wit of a stand-up and the turn of phrase of a poet. Come and be enthralled as he launches his latest collection. Expect secrets, riddles, mysterious strangers, awful jokes and beautiful lies.

9+
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Daniel Morden

Event S7

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to Veronica Lamond’s illustrated stories of Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers, and Kenyan author Aunty Kiko’s tale “Baby Elephant’s Safari, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Event S8

Ghastly Gorgons and Gorgeous Goddesses with Wilf Merttens, Readathon storyteller

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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Event S9

Tell A Hay Tale with Jen Lunn, Readathon storyteller

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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Event S10

Ghastly Gorgons and Gorgeous Goddesses with Wilf Merttens, Readathon storyteller

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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Event S11

Tell A Hay Tale with Jen Lunn, Readathon storyteller

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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Event S12

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to Veronica Lamond’s illustrated stories of Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers, and Kenyan author Aunty Kiko’s tale “Baby Elephant’s Safari, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

Family event
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Event S13

Pippa Goodhart: Can you bottle happiness?

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+
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Event S15

Create your own Parrot Puppets with Alia Alzougbi

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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Event S16

Lighting Up Lives: Solar Technology Programme in Kenya

Venue: The Storytelling Nook

Come along to our immersive lantern-lit tented Storytelling Nook to listen to Veronica Lamond’s illustrated stories of Landy and Fender the lovable Land Rovers, and Kenyan author Aunty Kiko’s tale “Baby Elephant’s Safari, and experience how solar light is making a difference to millions of families in Africa.

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Event S17

The Battle of the Birds, with Tom Hirons

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+
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Event S18

The Battle of the Birds, with Tom Hirons

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.

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Event S19

Storytelling with Skye Meredith

Venue: The Storytelling Nook
Come and listen to local storyteller Skye Meredith weave an enchanting tale for all the family
FREE BUT TICKETED
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Event S20

Storytelling with Skye Meredith

Venue: The Storytelling Nook
Come and listen to local storyteller Skye Meredith weave an enchanting tale for all the family
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