Wednesday 8 June 7pm
Sharon Jacksties has been a professional traditional storyteller for over 25 years. From a very bookish family, in which several languages were spoken, she was a greedy reader from a very early age. Her parents may have had cause to regret this when at the age of two and a half she regularly entertained the guests at a Spanish hotel by reciting the whole of Hansel and Gretel in the original German from her high chair.
This early experience may have something to do with her developing her practice working with storytelling and music with the under fives – likewise across languages with people from migrant and refugee communities.
A change from her eclectic repertoire of stories occurred when she moved to Somerset some twelve years ago and immersed herself in the traditional stories of this county. These fed her increasing interest in the relationship between people, place and story which led to her first collection Somerset Folk Tales published by The History Press. Her research for the book was supported by Halsway Manor, England’s only residential centre for the folk arts, which houses Ruth Tongue’s archive – Taunton’s home grown collector whose work is of national importance. Due to the great variety of Somerset’s natural landscapes, each chapter is dedicated to a particular one. Sharon will be telling stories from this collection and reflecting on the differences between written and oral literature.
Sharon is the co-director of Summerlands Storytelling Festival, regularly runs courses for beginner storytellers at Halsway Manor – ‘Winter’s Tales’ Nov. 2016 – and teaches in Romania, France and India whenever she can. She is currently working on another collection of ghostly Somerset stories.
Brendon Books, Old Brewery Buildings, Bath Place, Taunton, Somerset TA1 4ER