Storytellers – What are we?
We are 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.
What is Storytelling
Where can you find us?
We normally meet at 8pm on the last Monday of each month at the Mason’s Arms in Bodmin and at 7.30pm on the fourth Thursday in Liskeard Public Hall, West Street Liskeard.
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!
Let’s start by saying that storytelling is not just for children. That is entirely a 19th century Western misconception! As with any art form, some pieces are for children, but more are for adults.
Yet, oral storytelling is the oldest art form. It’s scope is huge.
At one extreme are fireside tales told within the family, clan or tribe. They were and are told for entertainment, education, cultural preservation and to instill moral values. This is a process that occurs in the open, in tents, or in cottages all round the world.
At the other extreme are epic tales of historical or mythical figures that underpin national culture and identity. These tales are equally at home under the stars around a fire, or in the halls of the mighty.
Sadly in the West we have largely forgotten the joy of storytelling.
However, in the last 25 years a revival in storytelling of all forms 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.
Come along to Strong Words and or The Liskeard Storytelling Cafe – There we will take you on amazing journeys of the mind, but we will always bring you safely home again.