Storytelling Festival 2019
People think storytelling is just for kids, forgetting that they listen to stories all the time, or watch them on the telly, or read them in books and newspapers. The story you hear told communicates more directly than all the ones wrapped in costumes and effects and CGI. You supply those, as you listen, from your own imagination, from your own life, from your own dreams. A story introduces you to yourself. You, as the listener, shape it. Romsey's first storytelling festival has a wide range of stories to offer. Firstly, there are the ones offered to particular groups, the ones being told in local care homes, and the ones being told and created in performances and workshops with Speaking Space, and the ones for the children in schools. Then there are the ones available to everybody: stories of Robin Hood, taken straight from the old sources by Wendy and Michael Dacre, tales of the Middle Ages brought by Dave Tonge, the Yarnsmith of Norwich, and, on Mediaeval Saturday, two stories of love and loyalty, or the lack of it, from the edges of the Arthurian World, Gawain and the Green Knight, and Tristan and Iseult. Sarah Rundle brings us a mysterious and violent story originally written in a North-West Midlands dialect of Middle English much remoter from our modern tongue than the smooth verses of Chaucer, while Katy Cawkwell's classic story of fated lovers flits between the Celtic lands of Ireland, Brittany and Cornwall. And there will be other tellings, in the Library, on the train that shuttles between Romsey and Southampton, in care homes and schools, in the Town Hall and newly completed Market Place, whilst in Romsey Abbey ‘Godly Play’ storytelling about the Environment and our impact on it... The full programme will be available nearer the time, but the offerings mentioned above should be enough to whet any listener's appetite.