FIRE SPRINGS and FRIENDS Story Events in Stroud, Bath, Swindon, Bristol and the District

When: 
Repeats every week every Tuesday and every Friday 10 times.
Tuesday, 15 August 2017 - 12:10pm to Wednesday, 27 September 2017 - 12:10pm
Cost: 
various prices

Fire Springs and Friends
With the autumn season fast approaching, it's time for our monthly round up of Fire Springs and Friends activity - events, book launches, blogs and more. 

Anthony has been very busy with Awen: new editions are now available of the second and third volumes in Kevan's Windsmith Elegy - Windsmith, and The Well Under the Sea -  and a new edition of Karola Renard's collection of mythic stories - The Firekeeper's Daughter - will be out very soon. He's also feeling very proud of the new website he's built for Awen, where you can find out more about all Awen's books. See below for details of the new books!

Anthony's most recent blog post is on 'Valerian and Laureline and the Dream of Paradise'. On the Awen blog Kirsty has written about the story behind the cover image of Charlotte Hussey's Glossing the Spoils. Kevan's been blogging about his epic walk on the Southern Uplands Way.  Kirsty's been musing about ballads with this on The Famous Flower of Serving Men, but Chantelle's been busy with a wonderful project actually singing Ballads on the Borders.

Find us as always on facebook and twitter, and check out all the events below by us and our friends! Image copyright: Kirsty Hartsiotis, 2017

 

Performances and Regular Sessions 

THE STORY'S A LIE - WHAT IT TELLS IS THE TRUTH!
Weds 16 August
St James Wine Vaults, Bath

8pm. Storyteller Richard Selby brings you an evening of traditional storytelling for the inquisitive mind, featuring curious and strange tales based in the Celtic tradition. Richard will be joined by harpist and storyteller, France Ellul, and fiddle player, Eleanor McGivern. Part of Bath Folk Festival.
 

SECRET GARDEN STORY CAFE 
Sun 13 & 27 August
Museum in the Park, Stroud

3pm. Join storyteller Fiona Eadie in the Museum in the Park's wonderful Walled Garden where the story café will be blooming with intriguing, enchanting folktales from around the world. For adults with or without children and for children over 5 with adults. No need to book, just come along and listen. Tea and cold drinks available to buy.  


BATH STORYTELLING CIRCLE


Mon 21 August &
18 September
The Raven, Queen Street, Bath

8pmSupporting the oral tradition through performances of stories, songs and poems (from memory, not read). Organised by David Metcalfe. Free, arrive 8.00pm for 8.15pmstart. For further information call 01225-789439.

REPAIR CAFE
Sun 24 September
Savarnake Street Social Hall, Swindon

2pm
We’re joining up with our friends at Swindon Climate Action Network and the Swindon Food Network to arrange a fantastic afternoon of activities. There will be cake and drinks for sale too, and fabulous live music from Chantelle Smith!


 


ROMAN WONDERS!


Sat 9 September
Blackfriars Priory, Gloucester

3.45pmThe young god Vulcan found he could make wonderful things from metal using hot, hot fire… Vulcan’s people, the Romans, loved inventions. They created everything from robots to steam engines! Come with storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis on a journey of discovery with tales from the Romans. For age 5 upwards. Part of Gloucester History Festivals. FREE!TEA AND TALES
Tues 15, 23, 29 August
St Mary De Crypt, Gloucester


3pmChloe of the Midnight Storytellers returns for another season of tall tales. Family fun every Tuesday through the holidays.
Free entry. Cakes and tea available.








  

STROUD OUT LOUD
Sunday 27 August & 24 September
Little Vic, Stroud

7:30pm. *Poetry * Storytelling * Song * Stand-up * Monologues * Celebrating creative free speech with this entertaining bardic circle for all. Whatever your party piece come and share it! Arrive early for a slot (10 mins or less). FREE


  

JOE'S YARNS
Weds 30 August & 27 September
at Smokey Joe's, Bennington Street, Cheltenham

7pmYou’ll find stories galore at Joe’s Yarns. Everyone is welcome whether you just want to listen or fancy sharing a story. We can guarantee there will be laughs, sighs and much much more. The clock’s ticking and that story you have hidden inside you wants to get out... Meets every last Wednesday of the month.


STORYTELLING SESSION

Mon 14 August
The Star, Bath

8pmStorytelling session open to all with your host Richard Selby. Including music - watch out for Steve Cooper and Marko. Plenty of floor spots! Part of Bath Folk Festival. FREE







 

 


DRAGONS, OGRES AND FAIRIES, OH MY!
Thurs 17 August
Tudor House, Worcester
11am and 2pm
Storyteller extraordinaire, Sharon Carr, will be bringing tales of myths and magic to Tudor House, with the aid of puppets, music and song. Listen to the legends of Jack and his beanstalk, the Lonely Ogre of Malvern, plus lots of dragon stories and the fossil folklore behind fairy cakes! FREE! WONDERWORDS
Tues 5 September
Central Community Centre, Swindon

7:30pmWonderwords returns to Swindon this month with a glittering array of wordy delights. Bring your stories, songs, poems, anecdotes, music, comedy and other performances that celebrate the wonder of words, or just sit back and enjoy what the performers have to offer. Entry is £2. Refreshments (tea/coffee/biscuits) will be available.

  

WORDS AND EARS
Thurs 17 September

The Swan, Bradford on Avon

8pmThe finals night of the 2017 Bradford on Avon Arts Festival Poetry Competition, in association with Words & Ears. Come to hear the finalists read their poems, and find out who won our £500 prize - with comments on the entries by our judge, Carrie Etter, who will also give us a reading of her own work. £4 on the door.
  NEW BOOKS FROM AWEN PUBLICATIONSOUT NOW!

WINDSMITH BY KEVAN MANWARING

BOOK TWO OF THE WINDSMITH ELEGY


A man of peace in a time of war, Isambard Kerne must choose between the power of words or swords. The fate of both Earth and its Shadow hangs in the balance. Will he be able to master the Way of the Windsmith in time to save the valley of his ancestors? Or will the terror of war change Kerne into what he fears the most?

'If you like fantasy, mythology and the weaving of magic, I think you'll enjoy this book.’

Emma Restall Orr

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WINDSMITH BY KEVAN MANWARING

BOOK TWO OF THE WINDSMITH ELEGY


Having learnt the secrets of the East Wind, Isambard Kerne must sail beyond the West Wind to the fabled Island of the Blessed, Ashalantë. Here he meets the legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart, who is assigned to instruct him in the art of flying, but they find themselves falling in forbidden love. Torn between duty and desire, the two become embroiled in a tragic chain of events that threaten to destroy not only this otherworldly paradise but also its shadow: Earth.

'Great strength and originality' R.J. Stewart
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THE FIREKEEPER'S DAUGHTER BY KAROLA RENARD


From the vastness of Stone Age Siberia to a minefield in today’s Angola, from the black beaches of Iceland to the African savanna and a Jewish-German cemetery, Karola Renard tells 12 mythic stories of initiation, featuring 21st-century kelpies, sirens and holy fools, a river of tears and a girl who dances on fire, a maiden shaman of ice, a witch in a secret garden, Queen Guinevere’s magic mirror and a woman who swallows the moon. The red thread running through them all is a deep faith in life and the need to find truth and meaning even in the greatest of ordeals.