I’ve been working quite a lot this year with the lovely people at East Leeds FM – a community radio station based in Seacroft. The company work with schools, community groups and local artists to create and broadcast a whole range of different shows – covering almost anything that people want to talk about. This year saw the station putting together a brilliant, week-long literature festival which was broadcast from the beautiful environs of Seacroft Methodist Chapel – (soon, we hope, to be their permanent base).
There was a whole week’s worth of wonderful content, including live music, performance-poetry, a specially-written musical and talks and contributions from some famous poets and top-notch journalists. You can find out a little bit more about what went on by watching this short film.
As part of the festival, I was asked to put together a storytelling evening. The theme we went for was The Seven Ages of Man, as laid out in Shakespeare’s As You Like It. We were lucky enough to secure some pretty top-drawer contributors, including Peter Findlay, Ursula Holden-Gill, Ruthie Boycott-Garnett, David Hague, Susannah Meese and Tim Ralphs, each of whom told a different tale to link in with each of the seven ages.
I was the evening’s genial host and I contributed a couple of stories as well. You can hear the show in its entirety here. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed recording it.
Here are some links to some other fantastic tellers – all of whom are based in the North of England:
And here are some links to storytelling nights that take place in the North of England:
Once Upon the Aire – A storytelling night at the Grove Pub in Leeds, West Yorkshire. The night takes place on the first Thursday of the month and alternates between open-mic nights and evenings with named performers. The Grove is a lovely venue, nestling in the shadow of the mighty Bridgewater Place (“the dalek”). Good beer and friendly company are pretty much guaranteed.
Tales from the Wharf – A very well established night, run by the Shaggy Dog Storytelling Club in Hebden Bridge. The event takes place at Stubbing Wharf Pub on King Street in Hebden Bridge on the final Friday of every month. It’s really great night and well worth a visit.
The Story Forge – A story night in Sheffield hosted by the wonderful Tim Ralphs and the marvelous David Hague . The Story Forge generally takes place at The Fat Cat Public House, on Alma Street, Kelham Island on the third Tuesday of every month.