Festival Programme 2017

All sessions are Pay What You Feel, and if you'd like to do that in advance, here's the link for more info and to do just that: 




... and here's our wonderful line up!


Friday 30th June


5pm - 6pm Opening Ceremony
 A celebration to get the festival off to a magical start!
with Suzanne Arnold, Su Squire and Justine de Mierre


7pm - 9.40pm 
Indoor Storytelling Smorgasbord! 
Pub Function Room
Like your stories in the cosy atmosphere of the Locks marvellous function room?  Then join storytelling host Justine de Mierre for a wild variety of tales from Sarah Spins Stories, Simon Heywood, Baden Prince, Veronica Chambers & Liam Carroll


7.20pm - 10pm 
       Outdoor Storytelling Smorgasbord! 
Garden Marquee 
Fancy some tales under canvas in the cool night air?  Then join storytelling host Marion Leeper for a whole  heap of stories from Bards Aloud, John Row, Andy Jennings, Shane Ibbs & Jan William



7.30pm - 9.30pm
Mardling
Restaurant
Would you like your stories a little more up close and personal?  Then head to the restaurant where storytellers from our main sessions will be dropping in to tell tales at your table on request


10pm - 11pm Campfire Storyround
Come and share your tales with us round the fire at this hosted storyround for night owls...
Hosted by Shane Ibbs


Saturday 1st July


10am - 12pm  Professional Development Workshop 
Pub function room - A professional development session led by renowned storytellers 
John Row and Hugh Lupton

12pm - 2pm  Mardling 
Restaurant - some of our finest storytellers available to tell tales at your table on request 
With Marion Leeper, Shonaleigh Cumbers, John Row and Veronica Chambers 

1pm - 2pm Ferry Tales!
Big Dog Ferry (starts Beccles)
Tales as you travel to the festival!  Delightful stories of wonder to complement your trip along the river
with Gerry Donlon and Suzanne Arnold

2pm - 5pm Afternoon Storytelling Performance
Pub function room - Three renowned storytellers tell longer form stories for over 14s only.
Taffy Thomas MBE (MC), Paul Jackson and Shonaleigh Cumbers



2pm - 3.30pm Family Storytelling Session
 Garden Marquee
A tag team of four accomplished tellers with tales to delight young, old and even middling!
Hugh Lupton, Justine de Mierre, Tilly the Talespinner and Peter Optical


3.30pm - 5pm Story Round
Garden Marquee 
Come and share your tales with us!
Hosted by Bards Aloud

7pm - 10pm Evening Storytelling Performance

Pub function room

Longer form stories from renowned tellers for over 14s only

Hosted by Carl Merry

Featuring Cath Edwards, Glenys Newton

and Hugh Lupton




7pm - 10pm Bawdy Tales

Garden Marquee

Tales of a delightfully adult nature with the odd smattering of risque story-poetry.  (Over 14s)

Suki SilverTongue (MC), Suzanne Arnold, Mark Scott-Ison & Shonaleigh Cumbers



10pm - 11pm Campfire Storyround
Come and share your tales around the warming glow of the fire...
Hosted by Paul Jackson



Sunday 2nd July


10am - 12pm Professional Development Workshop
Pub Function Room - A professional development workshop led by renowned storytellers 
Taffy Thomas MBE and Shonaleigh Cumbers


12pm - 2pm  Mardling
Restaurant - some of our finest storytellers available to tell tales at your table on request
With Cath Edwards, Simon Heywood, Carl Merry and Shonaleigh Cumbers




12.30pm - 2pm Storyround
Garden Marquee 
Come and share your tales with us! 
Hosted by Sarah Walker

1pm - 2pm Ferry Tales!
Big Dog Ferry (starts Beccles)
Tales as you travel to the festival!  Delightful stories of wonder to complement your trip along the river
with Su Squire and Justine de Mierre


2pm - 3.30pm Family Storytelling Session
 Garden Marquee
A tag team of four accomplished tellers with tales to delight young, old and even middling!
Suzanne the Storyweaver, Janina Vigurs, John Row and Taffy Thomas MBE

3.30pm - 5.30pm Live Music
Pub function room
Live music from the region's finest folk rock band Murphy's Lore


5.30pm - 6.30pm Closing Ceremony and Stories
Any storytellers left standing will tell quick fire tales to bring the festival to a close 
(though we suspect there may be some unofficial revelry thereafter!)


All sessions are offered on a 'Pay What You Feel' basis of suggested donations.  This can be payed in advance to the virtual hat (see above) or on the door.

There will also be an actual hat doing the rounds over the course of the weekend should anyone feel the desire to contribute a little extra to this fantastic event which this year is being run on a shoestring budget and much good will and volunteer hours from many of the storytellers themselves.

 Please note, if due to circumstances beyond our control named tellers are not available, we will provide alternatives, but unfortunately there can be no refunds. Thank you for understanding