Archive for January, 2010

Storytelling and poetry-loving families will have two chances to see poet Anneliese Emmans Dean and I performing joint shows over the next couple of months.  Both are aimed as much as adults as at children, and aim to bring the generations together for some whole-hearted literary fun.

Anneliese Emmans Dean

1) Following last year’s sell-out performance, we will be reprising ‘Raucous Rhymes and Wonder Tales’ – this time at Pocklington Arts Centre, on Sunday 7th Feb 2010.  This show is a celebration of childhood, across the centuries and around the world. Whether you are a child yourself, or just eternally youthful, come along and enjoy the antics and adventures of children of all sorts: rich and poor, happy and sad, mad and bad.  We will journey from the sublime to the ridiculous with fun poems and magical stories, and you may find yourself joining in….

When?   Sunday 7th February 2010, 6:30-8pm

Whom for?  Adults and children aged 6+

Where?  Pocklington Arts Centre

How much? Adults £5, children £2

To book: www.pocklingtonartscentre.co.uk

Click on the link to see the Raucous Rhymes Pocklington Flyer

2) On Sat 27th March, Anneliese and I will be premiering a brand new show for families as part of the 2010 York Literature Festival .  This year’s show is ‘Stompin’ through the Seasons’ – a feast of poetry, storytelling and….shoemaking!  Yes, we will have a real live shoemaker getting on with his business while we lead you through the seasons of the year in rhyme and story, with a special focus on footwear!  Jacob’s Well is a gorgeous, intimate, atmospheric and friendly venue and there will be refreshments on the house in the interval.

When?      Sat 27th March, 6:30 – 8pm

Who for? Adults and children aged 5+

Where?    Jacob’s Well, off Micklegate, York

How much? £5 adults, £2.50 children

Bring:       a special/favourite pair of shoes/boots

To book: contact me on catherine.heinemeyer@googlemail.com or 01904 612418


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A very storied wood

Telling the myth of Diarmuid and Grainne in the stunningly appropriate situation of Fisher's Hall, Hackfall Woods. Copyright: Hackfall Woods, Photgraphed/edited by Kate Measures Consulting

With my colleague, 6-year-old Conor, who had just made his storytelling debut in front of Mowbray Hall. Copyright: Hackfall Woods, Photographed and edited by Kate Measures Consulting

Stopping by Fountain's Pond to hear audience members' own tales of Hackfall. Copyright: Hackfall Woods, Photgraphed and edited by Kate Measures Consulting

At the end of November I went to Hackfall Woods for a truly fascinating day of storytelling and story-gathering.  In the afternoon, leading families around the woods and all their 18th century ‘follies’, I was primarily doing the telling, but in the evening I met with locals who knew the woods and their history inside out.  (Visit the Woodland Trust website to hear podcasts of both me and local people telling stories). I sat more or less spellbound for a couple of hours by the fire in the local pub (The Crown Inn at Grewelthorpe, highly to be recommended!!!) listening to tales of schoolboy trespassing and pranks on the warden, drownings, brutish logging, horseracing intrigue, Sunday School Treats and much much more!  Thankfully all of this has been recorded on tape for posterity.  Thank you to Paul Mosley of the Woodland Trust for organising a really brilliant day, and to all participants for being such excellent listeners and tellers.

I will be back in Hackfall Woods in the Easter holidays (probably 9th and 10th April) for some family exploration days, which will also involve other artforms and activities as well as storytelling.

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