This festival would not have been possible without our partners who have worked with us to create so many great events. It is part of our goal to create a local network of storytellers and groups of storytellers who can support each other, provide peer training and create a local touring circuit so we can create more opportunities to tell and hear quality storytelling for children and adults. If you are interested in finding out more about storytelling in the region, this is a good place to start as below you will find places to meet tellers, take part in workshops and hear some fantastic tales.
Participating Storytelling Groups and Clubs
Dartmoor Storytellers is an informal story circle for established and new storytellers alike, that meets monthly in Chagford, Devon. You can find out more at the group’s Facebook page.
Liskeard Storytelling Café
A friendly spoken word club in a relaxed cafe environment in Liskeard, Cornwall. The emphasis is on oral storytelling, but monologues, poetry and anecdotes are all welcome. Several times each year professional storytellers make guest appearances. Beginners are welcome and informal tuition is given on request. Listeners are very welcome. Regular tellers are Liz Berg, Mike O’Connor, Barbara Griggs, and Moe Keast.
See their website or Facebook page for more details.
Mendip Story Circle
The ancient art of storytelling in Somerset’s Mendip Hills. Just come along and listen or bring your won story to tell. They met on the first Thursday of the month at Chewton Mendip Village Hall from 7.30pm for stories from 8–10pm. Free but contribution in the hat very welcome. Hosted by Colin Emmett, Martin Horler and Terence McCarthaigh.
Mr Rook’s Speak Easy
A performance club based at Rook Lane Chapel, Frome, Somerset that brings professional tellers from around the country to showcase the best in performance storyelling for adults, usually on the fourth Thursday of the month. Sign up for their newsletter with information on storytelling events in Somerset, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Devon and Dorset. See their Facebook page or find them on twitter @misterrooks.
Openstorytellers is a company of storytellers for people with learning and communication difficulties, helping people to be heard, understood, included and valued. Their mission is to enrich the lives of people with learning and communication difficulties, and the lives of those who live and work with them, through the use of narrative and story, building relationships, sharing experiences, developing a sense of identity and helping people to find their place in society.
Somerset Story Circle
The Somerset Story Circle meets monthly on the second Sunday to share traditional stories. As we gather to celebrate the oral tradition, we tell rather than read. Songs, poems and music are also welcome. Open to all, listeners as well as tellers. Our free drop-in sessions take start at 7pm at Eli’s (The Rose and Crown), Wincanton Road, Huish Episcopi. For more information contact Sharon or Jem 01458 259553.
South Devon Storytellers
An informal story circle for established and new storytellers alike that meets monthly in Totnes. You can find out more at the group’s Facebook page or follow them on Twitter @SouthDevStories
Storytelling in Topsham
These are a series of performances organised by Katy Cawkwell who has recently moved to Topsham and is keen to bring really good quality performance storytelling to local venues. See the website for future events or find Katy on Facebook.
Spoken Word of SidMouth
Run by Janet Dowling find them on Facebook for more information on their upcoming events. Moving from the Surrey Hills , and leaving behind two successful storytelling clubs, Janet Dowling now brings Storytelling for Adults to Sidmouth with the aid of her trusty Story Crew who support the events. SidMouth StoryNights for GrownUps brings the best of British Storytellers to delight storytellers and storylisteners alike. The First Tuesday Story Cafe is an afternoon session on , um , the First Tuesday of the month and anyone can tell a story ( max 10 mins, no reading aloud allowed) or just listen to the variety of traditional and personal stories. Ad hoc workshops are offered which give a full range of skills for beginners and improvers, and a coaching and practice storytelling group is in development. An exciting time! Find them on Facebook or on Meetup under Devon Storytellers for more information on their upcoming events.
Other Storytelling Groups and Clubs
Not all of the groups in the region were able to take part this time and a few new ones have sprung up since we organised these events so here is a list of the other groups that we know about, and hope to work with in the future.
The Flying Monkeys
Based in Bridport, see their Facebook page for more information and events.
Standing Stone Stories
The Oxenham Arms, South Zeal, Nr Okehampton, Devon EX20 2JT
Every 2nd Wed. of the month from 7.30 start at 8.00
Tellers and musicians free – stories told, not read £3 entry for listeners
Contact: Michael Dacre 01837 82719
Bridport Arts Centre
Situated in the heart of town, Bridport Arts Centre hosts a wide variety of productions in theatre, music, comedy, dance and film alongside an exciting programme of exhibitions. Also hosts the Bridport Story Café.
The David Hall
Roundwell Street, South Petherton, Somerset, TA13 5AA
Hunting Raven Books
Hunting Raven is situated in picturesque Cheap Street at the heart of the medieval town of Frome. Established over a quarter of a century ago, we continue to flourish in this quirky, enthusiastic, independent town.
The Plough Arts Centre
The Plough Arts Centre can be found in the heart of the community in the centre of Great Torrington (9-11 Fore Street) which is located amidst beautiful North Devon countryside.
Red Brick Building
Red Brick Building Centre, Morland Enterprise Park, Morland Road, Glastonbury,
Somerset, BA6 9FT
Rook Lane Chapel
Rook Lane Chapel is a beautiful converted chapel in the heart of Frome now used for concerts, exhibitions and spoken-word events. Home to Mr Rook’s Speak Easy, a regular performance storytelling night.
Ilminster Literary Festival
In its first year, the Ilminster Literary Festival was set up to offer the local people of all ages in Ilminster and the surrounding areas the opportunity to meet a variety of authors, editors, and script writers through discussion, talks and meetings, all at affordable prices. It will run from 1 to 9 June in a variety of locations in Ilminster and surrounding villages. Summerlands Storytelling Festival is delighted to be supporting this new event and hopes to be able to collaborate again in future years.
Showsmiths Ltd is an event production and safety consultancy run by Lisa Kenwright and Michael Herbert. As well as creating and supporting Mr Rook’s Speak Easy in Frome, they have provided in-kind support to the festival including event management, safety and technical advice.
Wilder Woods is a small educational charity which aims to enable people to benefit, learn and develop through woodland experiences. They provide a variety of inclusive opportunities at Hallr Wood in Charlton Mackrell and Drayton Woods, near Langport and also other venues, including school grounds.