Storytelling events / calendar 2023
The Wonder Night Cafe
A monthly evening of stories, cake & conversation at Star Anise Cafe – exploring the wisdom and imagination of wondertales
Join storyteller and facilitator Hannah Moore to hear a wondertale each month and then discuss and creatively explore what you find in the tale over hearty helpings of tea and cake. Wondertales (like the Grimms’ fairy stories), are magical, otherworldly and transporting. There is wisdom and medicine for us in these tales, and they offer powerful imaginative tools for exploring the concerns we live with.
Tuesdays: 18 April, 16 May, 20 June, 18 July
Star Anise Cafe, GL5 1QG
Tickets – cash on the door
Sliding scale: £donation/ £8 / £10 / £12
Gather to enjoy the wonder, wit, mystery and magic of stories from all over the world, with storytellers Fiona Eadie and Ariane Olner.
Sunday 23 April 2.30pm–4.30pm
Pay on the door (cash please): £5 adult, £4 child, £12 family. No need to book.
Suggested ages 5–105
Ruskin Mill, Old Bristol Road, Nailsworth GL6 0LA
Stories are for everyone, and adults without children are as welcome as children with adults.
Faith, Fate and Fortune – Stories of Choice and Chance
24th March 2023
Storytellers Fiona Eadie and Hannah Moore bring you an evening of wisdom and humour from the old tales. Join them for a journey along the sometimes comic, sometimes dangerous line between choice and chance, in this programme full of fools and sages, hurdles and hiccoughs, doom and destiny…
£10 / £5 concessions (under 25s)
To book a ticket visit http://www.
My Journey in Yorùbáland collecting Yorùbá Folktales
Storytelling at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State
I went searching for Yoruba folktales that are completely new to me, as well as different versions of tales I knew already, in January 2023. My aim was to join a storytelling event or organise one in different parts of Yorubaland. My first stop was a storytelling event organised for me by my nephew, Mubarak Oladosu.
The event was made possible by the University of Ilorin FM, who made their conference room available to me, and the other storytellers free of charge.
There can be no storytelling without storytellers. The storytelling event took place at an unusual time or the day for storytelling: In the morning!
I am very grateful to the storytellers who make time to attend. They are Mr. Adenle Adebisi, Mr Owokunle, Mr Mubarak Oladosu, Mrs F.B Owokunle, Mr I.A. Idris aka Aloma.
One Hundred and One Yorùbá Folktales
I have started working on my first storytelling book. It is titled One Hundred and One Yorùbá Folktales. In the book, I retell some of my favourite Yorùbá folktales. I will be travelling to parts of Yorùbáland in the first quarter of 2023 to collect even more folktales. I will then choose one hundred and one of the stories for the book.It would be nice to work with an illustrator to bring alive some of the stories.
The temporary cover illustration for the book illustrated one of my favourite stories. It is the story of a boy called Shebe. He loves nothing more than going into the forest with his slingshot to kill birds. You have to wait till the book is out to read the full story.
Storytelling magic with Hugh Lupton
– Garway Hall, Herefordshire, HR2 8RQ
– Date: 18 Nov. 2022
– More info/contact: Austin Keenan
An evening of storytelling with master storyteller, Hugh Laupton at Garway Hall, South Herefordshire. Hugh tells a selection of stories from his forthcoming book. The stories come from all corners of the world. They include myths, folktales, legends, and wonder tales. Hugh accompanies some of his stories with diverse and unusual musical instruments that bring his stories to life.
You will have the opportunity to speak with Hugh about Fifty Tales, or The Heart of the Matter.
You will also have the opportunity to be one of the first to get your hands on the book when it is published.
Temi Odurinde, Storyteller – Upcoming storytelling events
Austin Keenan and Temi Odurinde are the storytellers for the evening! We will be telling folktales as well as real life stories of, and about displaced people. Our storytelling event is part of a package put together by Herefordshire Council and The Courtyard for Refugee week 2022.
A film called Flee will be screened at 5pm. Storytelling as well as a buffet of Ukrainian, Syrian and Afghan dishes is provided. Proceeds from the event will be donated to Herefordshire City of Sanctuary.
You can book directly at Courtyard box office: 01432 340 555.
Storytelling Supper Club – The Courtyard, Hereford
As part of Refugee week, Temi Odurinde and Austin Keenan will be telling stories at the Courtyard in Hereford on the 20th of June 2022. You can find more information and book directly at the Courtyard box office: https://www.courtyard.org.uk/events/flee-15-storytelling-supper-club/