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Thanks to the sterling efforts of the new team at the Yorkshire Hussar pub, and two fine local storytellers Mary Passeri and Helen Sant, we SHALL go the ball….or rather, the pub, for the first of what we hope will be a long series of monthly storytelling circle gatherings.

Get your diary ready for here are the details: Thurs 26th November, 8pm, Yorkshire Hussar pub, North Street, York.  Bring a few pence (even a pound or two) for the donations box, but more importantly, a story to share – although enthusiastic listeners are just as welcome.  The pub is laying on candlelight and mulled wine to oil the creative wheels.  We shall see you there!

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Well, the festival is over.  It was, I think we can say, a success.  The people came, they heard, they enjoyed, they joined in and were often thoroughly surprised.  The kids survived until bedtime and beyond and amazed us with their desire to hear yet another story, and then another.  The storytellers gave it their all and then some.  The outreach work it generated (thanks to support from the Learning Revolution in Yorkshire and the Humber) brought some unexpected gifts, both to the storytellers and the community groups involved.

It was a tremendous amount of work for all involved and so many people deserve hearty thanks that I won’t even go into it here.  Now comes a time for reflection and consideration of our options for the future.  ‘York Storytelling’ is now open for business and wants to move forward, but the question is how?  Another festival this time next year?  Possibly.   And other exciting side-shoots: the Yorkshire Hussar pub has offered us a free and welcoming, candlelit venue for a regular storytelling circle…the Forest of Galtres Festival is interested in collaborating with us…we could become bedfellows with the wonderful York Literature Festival…we could work with the council on storytelling shows and workshops….we could move the festival into different venues around the city next year…

So keep your eyes peeled for news on the storytelling front in York.  There will certainly be exciting developments to observe and take part in.

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