Festival of Storytelling

Aug 22 - Aug 28

Storytelling is one of the oldest methods of communication and helps us share our history, heritage and culture with others through music, dance, performance and spoken word.

With a combination of live, in person and online events, the storytelling festival will feature a vibrant variety of storytellers including puppeteers, musicians, performances and poets, across venues including our libraries, historic houses and open spaces, bringing people together and inspiring us to consider the stories we have to share.


Judy Preece

WORKSHOP – Making Stories Come Alive

Want to improve your storytelling skills? Whether it’s using a book or just using your voice, this workshop explores a range of techniques to help make a story come alive and hold the attention of those listening.

STORYTELLING – Chicken Licken

Chicken Licken thinks the sky is falling down, so he sets off to tell the king. What will happen to him and his friends Henny Penny, Little Red Hen, Turkey Lurkey and Goosey Loosey?

Bronia Evers

STORYTELLING – The Patchwork Quilt

A fantastic tale of wonder and magic, featuring enchanting shadow puppetry, a ‘crankie theatre’ with moving scenery, storytelling and sparkling live music.

STORYTELLING – A Necklace of Raindrops

Stories performed with original live music, spoken word, shadow puppetry and a crankie theatre with scrolling paper scenery.

WORKSHOP – Make your own mini crankie theatre and story-scroll: a workshop for adults.

A ‘crankie’ is a miniature theatre box with scrolling scenery  and is a form of pre-cinematic moving image, dating back to Victorian times. Come explore your creativity and learn a new skill! Crankie making is a fun, accessible art form, with plenty of storytelling potential. No prior experience is necessary, just a willingness to learn as you go along.

Michele Eastmond

WORKSHOP – Telling Stories Connecting Generations

Think of your favourite story. Who told it to you and what makes it so special/memorable? Was it the content or was it the teller of the tale spinning and combining words and phrases to magically mentally draw you into a different place.

STORYTELLING – Caribbean Folklore

An exploration of the stories, characters and tales that have transcended through generations and painted the landscape of Caribbean traditional storytelling. Learn more about the folklore characters and whispered mysteries attached to the most iconic beaches, churches and popular destinations.

Xanthe Gresham-Knight

STORYTELLING – Kitchen Kundalini

In the Kitchen Garden of Chiswick House, storyteller Xanthe Gresham-Knight brews herbs, blends sweetmeats and tells tales of Goddesses, Buddhas and Holy Herbs.

STORYTELLING – Goddesses and Heroines

Since ancient times, goddesses and heroines have given shape to the wonders of our world. Explore the desert with the snake of Inanna, surf the spray to play with Aphrodite’s dolphins – be feisty, be fearless and become a legend.

The Crick Crack Club

Pandvani 108

A high voltage mythological mash-up is coming to a street corner near you! Storytelling & music ensemble Crick Crack Club brings all the very best bits of myth & epic poetry from the world’s four quarters.