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THE EAST ANGLIAN STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: NEW VENUE ANNOUNCED AND ALL-STAR LINE-UP
 
 17TH MARCH 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
PRESS RELEASE from:           The East Anglian Fabulation
          
Further information:              marionleeper@gmail.com

The East Anglian Storytelling Festival, now in its third year, have announced a new venue for summer 2017: The Locks Inn at Geldeston, Norfolk. 

Suzanne Arnold (Co-chair of festival organisers The East Anglian Fabulation) said:

"We’re delighted to be taking the festival into a different East Anglian county this year, over the border from Suffolk! The Geldeston Locks Inn has been home to the Tales and Ales Storytelling club which is celebrating its fifth birthday this year, so there is a strong tradition of supporting storytelling already established here. One of the county’s best loved pubs, perfectly situated on the banks of the river Waveney, it’s a wonderful venue, with open fires, and a warm welcome from landlord Colin Smith."

The festival will take place from Friday 30th June to Sunday 2nd July and will featuring world class performers from across East Anglia and beyond. There will be something for everyone including storytelling sessions for children and families, craft workshops, professional development sessions and plenty of opportunities for budding amateur tellers to tell their own tales in story round sessions.

Artistic director Justine de Mierre said: 

"I have fond memories of drinking at The Locks Inn many years ago when I lived in Beccles so it will be wonderful to be back! We are thrilled with this years star-studded line-up - and delighted to be joined for the first time by East Anglia’s own master storyteller, Hugh Lupton, bringing his unique brand of word magic. We are also welcoming back our patron, Taffy Thomas MBE, the first Storytelling Laureate, the wonderful Shonaleigh Cumbers with stories from the Jewish drut'syla tradition, as well as our very own John Row - a legend in his own lifetime!

Ours is a quirky, accessible festival that celebrates and promotes the past, present and future of oral storytelling in all its wonderful forms. We want to tempt new audiences to experience the delights of storytelling for the first time, as well as showcase different styles and flavours of telling, to give both established and first time audiences an opportunity to broaden their experience. The Locks Inn is the perfect venue to do that: we'll be taking over the function room, 'mardling' in the restaurant, telling tales in the marquee and finishing up each evening with stories around the campfire - so festival goers can get a taste of many varieties of tale-telling!"

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1st JUNE 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

PRESS RELEASE from:           The East Anglian Fabulation

          

Further information:                justine@sowhatsthestory.co.uk

 

UK’s Best Loved Storytellers in Suffolk for East Anglian Storytelling Festival

 

Some of the UK’s best loved storytellers will be taking part in the 3-day East Anglian Storytelling Festival in Blaxhall from Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th July this year. The festival’s patron, Taffy Thomas MBE - the UKs first storytelling laureate - will be joined by Shonaleigh Cumbers a Jewish Drut’syla with over 5000 stories to share! Other nationally acclaimed tellers include Giles Abbott, Abbie Palache and the prolific John Row – a firm favourite on the festival scene.

The festival takes place at Blaxhall Village Hall and playing field and at The Blaxhall Ship. At the marquee on the playing field each afternoon storytellers from across the UK will be telling stories to delight and entertain children of all ages. In addition, these family story sessions will feature new local legends, created especially for the festival by school children at special workshops in schools across East Anglia.

Story Rounds, where anyone can share a story will be also taking place – giving everyone a chance to tell a story of their own – be they adults, children, professional or amateur.

At The Ship, there will be a Story Table for the whole afternoon with big name tellers and locals all dropping by to share a tale or two – and perhaps even some members of the public too!

For those who want to know more about storytelling, the Village Hall will play host to Professional Development workshops and Spotlight on Storytelling sessions each day, where all your questions can be answered. All the daytime sessions are free to attend although the age old tradition of ‘passing the hat’ will allow visitors to show their appreciation and help raise additional funds.

In the evening there are ticketed performances at the Village Hall for only £5 per session featuring longer performances from all of the storytelling stars. The early evening sessions from 6 to 8pm are suitable for families, the late evening sessions from 8.30 to 10.30 are just for the adults, with tales not for the smallest of ears! Meanwhile at The Blaxhall Ship, diners will be treated to Tales at Table, with two professional storytellers entertaining individual tables of diners each evening

Festival Co-ordinator Justine de Mierre said:

“The line-up is spectacular this year. We wanted every session to give a variety of flavours of storytelling and I’m so proud that we’ve achieved that. There are comic tales, real life tales, moving tales, mythical sagas, gentle narratives and full on romps – I can’t wait!”

The full line up can be found at www.eastanglianstorytellingfestival.co.uk and includes Andy Jennings, Sarah Walker, Barrie de Lara, Shonaleigh Cumbers, Liam Carroll, Glenys Newton, Paul Jackson, John Row, Baden Prince, Taffy Thomas MBE, Justine de Mierre, Peter Optical, Tilly the Talespinner, Marion Leeper, Simon Heywood, Carl Merry, Abbie Palache, Suzanne Arnold and Giles Abbott.

Tickets for all the performances are on sale now at www.wegottickets.com, as well as tickets for camping pitches which are only £25 per tent or caravan for the weekend. Tickets can also be brought and collected locally by e-mailing justine@sowhatsthestory.co.uk

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22nd April 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

PRESS RELEASE from:           The East Anglian Fabulation

          

Further information:                justine@sowhatsthestory.co.uk

 

STORY FESTIVAL LINE UP ANNOUNCED – FIRST TICKETS ON SALE

 

With three months to go until the start of the East Anglian Storytelling Festival, the line-up for the evening performances has been announced.

 

Joining the previously announced Taffy Thomas MBE and Shonaleigh Cumbers will be nationally acclaimed tellers Giles Abbott, Abbie Palache and the prolific John Row, along with many others

Festival Co-ordinator Justine de Mierre said:

“The line-up is spectacular this year. We wanted every session to give a variety of flavours of storytelling and I’m so proud that we’ve achieved that. There are comic tales, real life tales, moving tales, mythical sagas, gentle narratives and full on romps – I can’t wait!”

There are two performances each evening: an early session suitable for older children and adults, and a late, adults only session. Each session features 3 tellers, and tickets are only £5 per session.

The full line up can be found at www.eastanglianstorytellingfestival.co.uk and includes Andy Jennings, Sarah Walker, Barrie de Lara, Shonaleigh Cumbers, Liam Carroll, Glenys Newton, Paul Jackson, John Row, Baden Prince, Taffy Thomas MBE, Justine de Mierre, Marion Leeper, Simon Heywood, Carl Merry, Abbie Palache, Suzanne Arnold and Giles Abbott.

The first tickets to go on sale are full festival camping tickets – one camping pitch plus entry for one to all of the early and late evening performances and can be bought from www.wegottickets.com costing just £55. Tickets for camping only (£25) and individual performances (£5) will go on sale shortly.

The festival takes place from 22nd to 24th July in Blaxhall and as well as the evening performances there are free events throughout each day and evening. These include Professional Development sessions, Family Story Sessions and Story Rounds – all free to attend, although the age old tradition of “the passing of the hat” will enable the audience to show their appreciation and help raise further funds.

 

There will also be school’s workshops prior to the festival, where children from Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex will work with Fabulation members to create brand new myth or legend to be told at the festival. A crowdfunding campaign to support these session is underway and those who wish to pledge can visit: http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-east-anglian-storytelling-festival

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14th MARCH 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

PRESS RELEASE from:           The East Anglian Fabulation

          

Further information:                justine@sowhatsthestory.co.uk

 

STORYTELLERS CELEBRATE SECURING FUNDING FOR FABULOUS FESTIVAL

 

A group of East Anglian Storytellers – known as The East Anglian Fabulation – have secured a grant from The Arts Council to make The East Anglian Storytelling Festival 2016 bigger and better than their inaugural festival in 2015, and will be celebrating with a launch party at The Kings Head in Woodbridge, on Tuesday 22nd March at 7pm.

 

Fabulation Chair and Festival Co-ordinator Justine de Mierre said:

 

“We were so excited to receive the backing of the Arts Council. We really put our heart and soul into the grant application form and it seems the Arts Council were taken by our vision of celebrating storytelling as a vibrant, entertaining 21st century art from relevant to all.

 

We will be celebrating our success at our launch party, where we’ll also be thanking our other confirmed supporters Councillor Andrew Reid and The Blaxhall Ship Inn. In addition, we’ll be launching our crowd funding campaign to raise the last bit of funding we need to make the festival a truly ‘fabulous’ experience for all!

 

Crowd funding rewards will range from a signed programme, right up to pledgers having a story being created especially for them which will be told at the festival!”

 

The festival will take place from 22nd to 24th July in Blaxhall with events at The Blaxhall Ship as last year, and additionally at The Village Hall. There will also be school’s workshops prior to the festival, where children from Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex will work with Fabulation members to create brand new myth or legend to be told at the festival.

 

The festival itself will include Professional Development sessions, Family Story Sessions and Story Rounds – all free to attend, although the age old tradition of “the passing of the hat” will enable the audience to show their appreciation and help raise further funds. In addition, this year there will be ticketed events taking place in the evenings at the Village Hall featuring tellers with local, national and in some cases, international acclaim:

 

Justine de Mierre said

 

“We are very excited to be able to welcome back Taffy Thomas MBE, the UK’s first Storytelling Laureate. He enjoyed the first festival so much he agreed to become our patron! Also on the bill will be acclaimed teller Shonaleigh Cumbers – a Jewish Drut’syla with over 5000 stories to share! We are finalizing the rest of the line up at the moment but the funding is allowing us to bring a greater variety of tellers for our audiences to enjoy”

 

ENDS

Justine de Mierre

justine@sowhatsthestory.co.uk