In the current Coronavirus situation physical meetings are cancelled. Instead our members have online Zoom meetings every Thursday at 7.30. The Zoom link and password are emailed to our members on the Wednesday of each week.
To become a member and join us please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storytellers – What are we?
We are friendly enthusiasts who enjoy telling or listening to stories.
We love folk tales, urban myths, tall stories, anecdotes, and monologues.
We focus on oral telling rather than reading or singing, though of course either may contribute to a tale.
We welcome anyone who would like to join us, either as a listener or a storyteller.
Where can you find us?
Come along! You are welcome to listen or to tell a story, but there is no pressure to perform and many come just to listen. Our tellers include beginners (who are warmly welcomed and encouraged), to some of the best storytellers in the land.
For all those old enough to buy a drink we ask (not demand) a contribution of £2. On guest nights we ask for more, usually £6. If you are unwaged or having a hard time then just give what you can, we want you to come along and no-one is counting the money!
What is Storytelling
Let’s start by saying that storytelling is not just for children. That is a 19th century Western misconception! Yes, some pieces are for children, but many more are for adults.
Oral storytelling is the oldest art form. Its scope is huge, its impact immediate and exceptionally engaging.
At one extreme, short fireside tales were and are told within the family, clan or tribe. Their role is entertainment, education, cultural preservation and to instill moral values. They are told in the open, in tents, or in cottages all round the world.
At the other, epic tales of historical or mythical figures often underpin national culture and identity. These mighty tales are equally at home under the stars around a fire, or in the halls of the mighty.
In the last 25 years a storytelling revival has taken place – especially of telling for adults. Storytelling clubs and festivals have become established across the country. A lost art has been rediscovered, and is there for all.