The Gathering and The AGM.

THE Annual AGM of the Society for Storytelling is being held on the Satuday at Plymouth. May 6th.

The Address: Crosspoint / Roland Levinski Building - Drakes Circus Plymouth PL4 8AA

The Time:2.30

All members can attend and non members can attend BUT only Members of the SfS can actually vote. But please if you want to be there, we welcome you.

All 3 trustees on the Board are standing for re~election.

Namely: Christine Willison (Chair)  Paul Jackson (Treasurer & Secretary)  Tony Cooper (Storylines)

Christine Willison is standing down as Chair

Paul Jackson is standing for chair

Accounts for 2016, Treasurers reports for present year, web and Gathering report will all be available on line, will be emailed and posted today.

April 15th 2017 

If you are interested in becoming part of a new team moving forward. You can be Co~opted for short term projects such as Next years Gathering, National Storytelling Week, Fundraising and small action groups developing positive stratagies for the community of storytelling.

Such as working with story clubs, supporting new storytellers, working with those wishing to publish articles, developing links alongside Area Representaives. Or being one yourself. We are looking for people to represent Storytellers, Story clubs and the Community in:

North Wales

South Wales

The Midlands

The Far North.

Also we are looking for two people to act as a link to both the Scottish Storytelling Community and beyond to both Ireland and the international scene.

Also you may have something you want to contribute, don't want to be on the board, you may only have a window of time

but want to be involved ~then please contact me at; and we can talk the exciting way forward and how you might be involved and how that help you as well as the community as a whole.

Paul Jackson.

The Gathering Plymouth 5th-7th May 2017       from Liz Berg

I am writing this with my eyes propped open having stared at the screen for hours and with one spreadsheet after another, copied, pasted, cells formatted and everyone driven mad with incessant emails.  Why?  Because this year The Gathering is coming to Plymouth and with the help of a plethora of storytellers and massive support from Plymouth University, it looks like being a FANTASTIC event – one that no-one will want to miss.

This year Devon and Cornwall get to showcase their storytellers.

This year the phoenix rises on the theme Change and Exploration.

It kicks off with Devon & Cornwall tellers on Friday night followed by the amazing Klezbians, Cornwall’s finest klezmer/gypsy band. 

Taking this theme to heart there are workshops throughout Saturday and Sunday that stretch storytelling  in all different but delicious byways: navigating the digital quagmire, co-telling & collaborations, moving bodies, cultural diversity through storytelling, the music in the words, using textiles in storytelling, performances throughout the day and into the evening and opportunities for ‘drop-in’ telling, loads to learn and much to share.

Performances by familiar and less familiar names: Steph Bradley, Katy Cawkwell, Sue Field & Nina Hills, Moe Keast, Mike O' Connor & Barbara Griggs, Lisa Schneidau, Tamar Eluned Williams, Alan Woollard and tellers from the clubs of Devon & Cornwall as well as the students from the first undergraduate degree course in Contemporary Storytelling & Performance based at the world-famous Eden project in Cornwall. 

Storytelling Workshops led by David Heathfield, Terrie Howey, Sharon Jacksties, Denzil Monk, Mike O'Connor and Barbara Griggs, Lois Taylor, Polly Tisdall to name a few, will open eyes, hearts and bodies to the changing world around us, giving you the chance to explore new ways to tell.

A chance to have your say about the SfS. An opportunity to come and make new contacts and share ideas. Support the Junior Storytelling competition for Devon & Cornwall on the Sunday by showing the youngsters (7+) that we care about storytelling for the future. So much so that we will listen and appreciate how difficult it is to get up on the stage and tell a story to an audience for the first time because we have been through it ourselves and love stories and want to encourage new tellers.

Because we are people who will travel to hear a different teller, to listen to something new, to find out what is going on in the rest of the country.  So, join us at The Gathering at Plymouth University’s iconic Roland Levinsky Building in Plymouth City Centre from May 5th-7th 2017.

Yes, you have to find the cost of travel and accommodation (don’t forget Airbnb as well as Guest Houses, Hotels and caravan sites – all within easy distance of the University) but the biggest yes of all is that for the price of the weekend ticket plus Friday night you get an experience to revel in.  A Gathering to re-ignite the fire beneath the phoenix. We look forward to seeing you in Plymouth in May!

Liz Berg


For the FULL programme with individual workshops, workshop leaders and individual prices please click on 'Programme and Performances and scroll down through the information. During April We will be posting information about each workshop to help you decide what you might like to experiance during the weekend.


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With all the workshops now organised, all that the workshop leaders need to know next is how many thay have for each workshop, then they can taylor their workshop to you and your needs.  We have a very exciting and diverse range of workshops for you this year and we are hoping that there will be something for some really great story telling performances in the late afternoons and friday and saturday evening.

There will be many excitiing workshops to follow Friday Night and Saturday night Performances.

and of course there will plenty of story medicine, story sharing, discussion as well as that excitement you get when you have just heard the best story ever!!

With so many positive changes in the Sfs you can expect some lively and thrilling things to discuss  ...come and listen, or join in and have your say...

The Booking forms are now on the site Just go to HOME PAGE... Click on The Gathering and a drop down Menu will show You 'Order Tickets'  Early Bird prices till the end of March.

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These are all Current events.

There are several extra's that we are trying to squeeze in. One from Plymouth Storytellers and one from Hannah McDowall

'This little story went to market, and this little story had none'
Hannah is both a storyteller and a researcher of 'value chains'. This year she plans to put those two together (with your help) and map out all the steps, inputs, connections and effort needed to get a great storytelling idea into the ears of an appreciative audience. When this research is finished she hopes to produce a 'map' or a 'guide' or whatever you think will be most helpful tool to support storytellers to reach the right audiences. BUT SHE NEEDS YOUR HELP TO GET STARTED, to identify the right questions and to contribute your own experiences of navigating the storytelling journey.


In this discussion Hannah will introduce the research project and how she believes it could serve the storytelling community and market and then give you loads and loads of time to say what you think too. This is a co-creation space.

The gathering programme is illegible on my smartphone.  Please could you send me an email with the program in it. Thank you. 

Charlie Grumbley 

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Sent! Untill we update the website operating system (may/june) This isssue of the website not being perfect for smart phones will continue I am afraid.. At the moment its a cost that I don't want the Society to need to find, but further ahead this problem will be addressed.

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A Survey Chimp will be sent out to all those who have bought an Early Bird Ticket. Asking for your preferences for workshops. THIS IS FOR THOSE WORKSHOPS which have LIMITED SPACES. You can also put in your dietry requirements on the survey.