Bristol Storyfest 2016 Begins…

Bristol Storyfest 2016 began tonight with fabulous tales from Deb Winter in a packed La Ruca Café on the Gloucester Road, accompanied by the enchanting strains of Fiona Barrow’s violin and harp.  The Red Shoes was a fitting, dizzy tale of temptation to begin this festival of words, and Deb had the audience entranced with her soft yet gripping take on an old fable.

Red Shoes OpeningWhether you grew up with the Hans Christian Andersen version, or have delved into the wild and darker origins unearthed in Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s Women who Run with the Wolves, tonight’s softly spoken interpretation was a gripping and glorious dance of physicality and finesse.  The room was touched by Deb’s delicate telling; moved by the reflection of ourselves in the compulsion of a 16year-old Karen, coveting what she can’t have and yet surrendering to temptation.

Is it love that moves us, or simply lust?  Are we led by our values, our instincts, our obligations or our indulgences?  Behind the big questions was a beautiful evening of storytelling and music, delivered with youthful curiosity and heartfelt charm.  Deb held a warm and welcoming room, and we left with only one regret: that we weren’t tucked up in bed as the magical stories unfolded.

Be sure to catch Deb’s retiring story as current holder of the ‘Golden Yarn’ at the Bristol Story Slam on Thursday at Hamilton House.  And Fiona returns with more spellbinding music as part of Tasty Tales on Friday, accompanying Martin Maudsley at the City Farm Café in St. Werburghs on Friday.  There are treats ahead dear storylovers… don’t miss out!

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New Director needed.

Bristol Storyfest is looking for a new Director is found. Anyone interested in taking on this volunteer role should contact Kat Quatermass on 0789 148 7375 or Martin Maudsley on 07761 026 460.

The festival is taking place in 2016 as a collection of independently organised events by the storytellers themselves, but we hope to find a new Director shortly as 2017 will be the festival’s 10th year, and we would like to host a festival that reflects this with the most exciting and diverse line-up to date.

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Story Slam and Story Hunt

Would you like to be performing at Bristol Storyfest 2015? Opportunities are now open. Perhaps you’ll even be the next Bristol Story Slam Champion and join these illustrious types below: Slam Promotion 2015 copyHead straight over to the Get Involved page to find out more. And don’t forget the full events programme is now live for daytimes and evenings!

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The City Programme – Call for events

This year Bristol Storyfest is launching The City Programme – events put on by venues and storytellers across Bristol, chosen by the city, for the city.

Would you like to put on your own event as part of Bristol Storyfest 2015? Well if it falls between 17th and 20th February you can!   Join existing partners St George’s Bristol; SS Great Britain; Bristol Central Library and Storytellers Michael Loader and Sarah Mooney…

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Dates for 2015

Have you been waiting for 2015 dates? The festival is running in half term again from Tuesday to Saturday and so the dates are:

17th – 21st February 2015

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Winners and What’s Next?

So we promised we’d let you know who won the Bristol Story Slam; we’ve got the results of our summer festival ticket give away to announce and we want to let all our audience know about the next steps for Bristol Storyfest – which start with creating a not-for-profit ltd company to run the festival, the slam and other related events all focused on developing the artform of performance storytelling and some of its applied uses.


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Looking ahead to the weekend

The festival is in full swing, with storytellers nearly trampled into the ground under the surge of families at some events (has the children’s library ever been so full of chaos)! So it’s time for a quick peak ahead to some of the weekend events.Weekend

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