Story telling for adults isn’t something most people know a lot about so we weren’t sure how well supported our Halloween – Samhain tale spinning event would be.  It was a pleasant surprise therefore to find almost thirty people prepared to swap their own firesides for the flickering candles, grinning pumpkins and creepy fiddler guisers haunting the mobile annex at Newbold school!

The main part of the evening was headed up by Derby storyteller, Sophie Snell whose show, The Seven Deadly Sins has been nominated in two Buxton Fringe award categories, Spoken Word and New Writing.  After listening to the stories, it was easy to see why!

We also included an open mic for anyone who had a story, poem or song to share and would particularly like to thank those who supported this including Tom Phillips, a very talented young storyteller from Lutterworth whose rather gruesome tales concerning Black Annis shed some astonishing light on the origin of county place names!

We also had a wonderfully acted extract from Blythe Spirit courtesy of Susan Green, some witchy poetry from yours truly plus a song and various musical renditions from our phantom fiddlers, Ruth Gillespie, Brian Kendrick and Jane Reynolds.

Last, but not least, a huge thank you to Beccy of Smithard’s bakery who gave us a wonderful spell book cake as a prize for our Halloween quiz.

However you supported this event, whether as a performer or spectator, please give yourself a pat on the back!  Your presence clearly demonstrated that the stories, legends, folk tales and music of our cultural heritage are worth preserving so hopefully we’ll have more of the same in the future.  We also made a small profit which will be used to establish our  community choir!

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Widdershins Morris dancer, writer, part time farmer and melodeon player. Author of several sheep keeping books and also Kindle fiction stories including THE INBETWEEN THE DIGFIELD CONJUROR HOW TO BOIL AN EGG    
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