With Sharon Jacksties, Lisa Schneidau and Katy Cawkwell
Friday 17 June 7.30pm
Three lyrical storytellers, Sharon Jacksties, Lisa Schneidau, Katy Cawkwell, with tales from the tradition to take you on the wing to a world of trickster ravens, savage eagles and shape-shifting swans.
With their powers of flight defying what humans could achieve and their mysterious patterns of migration explained by the belief that they traveled between this and other worlds, birds have been imbued with magical powers in all cultures. They have given us stories in which the extraordinary, the beautiful and even the divine are represented by birds of many kinds. Within this world wide web of stories you will meet shape-shifting shamanic transformations and magical messengers where nothing is quite as it seems – except for the reminder that we too are part of Nature.
Lisa Schneidau is a storyteller and environmentalist based on Dartmoor. An ecologist by training, she now divides her time between storytelling performances and managing environmental and wildlife projects. She draws on inspiration from her work and from traditions all over the world, to weave stories that talk of the land and our complex relationship with it. Lisa helps to lead two story circles, one in Totnes and one in Chagford, and can be found telling stories at nature reserves, festivals, schools, charity events and venues all over the South West.
Katy Cawkwell has been storytelling for 20 years across Britain and beyond – she is well-known for unravelling epic narratives into compelling, glittering stories that linger in the mind long after they are told. She has also worked in educational and corporate settings, including Royal Opera House Adult Education, English National Opera, The Barbican, The British Museum, The National Gallery, several government departments, countless schools and companies large and small. For more information please see her website.
Sharon Jacksties has been a professional traditional storyteller for over 25 years. As well as performance telling she has developed her practice working with storytelling and music for the under fives – and across languages with people from migrant and refugee communities. She wrote Somerset Folk Tales published by The History Press and is currently working on another collection of ghostly Somerset stories. Sharon also regularly runs courses for beginner storytellers at Halsway Manor – ‘Winter’s Tales’ Nov. 2016 and of course is a Director of Summerlands Storytelling Festival.
Topsham Museum, 25 The Strand, Topsham, Devon, EX3 0AX
7.30pm Start, Museum open from 6.30pm for coffee and cakef the weather’s kind, this will be outdoors in the beautiful museum garden.
There is no parking at the museum: the nearest car park is at the Quay EX3 0JB or park at Holman Way, EX3 0EN or the Matthews Hall, EX3 0HF and walk down (5-10 mins).
Tickets £8/£6 available online, on the door, at the museum or from Topsham Bookshop