Shamanic Dreamtime

May 14th, 2010 Comments off

On Friday 4 June – Star Anise Arts Cafe presents:

Shamanic Dreamtime

Dive into the stirring soundscape of tabla and didgeridoo from Tom Simenauer (Goma) and Sam Bloomfield, jewelled with stories from the Australian dreamtime told by Anthony Nanson (Fire Springs). Performed in the round and followed by an opportunity for creative response – and the earthy delights of Australian cuisine from the Star Anise kitchen.

7.00 pm : refreshments on sale in the cafe 7.30 pm : performance starts across the courtyard in the British School 8.45 pm : food on sale back in the cafe

Bookings: 01453 840021. Performance £6 (£4 concessions). Food per dish Star Anise Arts Cafe, Painswick Inn, Gloucester Street, Stroud.
What A Performance! Verbal and Musical Antics
Friday May 21st at St James Wine Vaults, Bath 8.00pm
The usual left of centre coalition of words and music…. and this
We’ve changed our mind and our allegiance
Graham Ball has shifted to the June (yes June for all you non Glastos)
so this time it’s
Minister for the cello and ukelele – the very welcome return of Beth
(she’s played with more musicians than you could shake a cello bow at)
The Icelandic Ash Cloud himself!!
Svanur Thorkelsson with ‘In The Ice’ -
The Clap – words and music from Dave Selby and the other one (sorry)
and a speedy return
before they disappear, perhaps forever of
GreenallRaynes (surnames, no space)
You could be a spot on the floor – poets, raconteurs… musical notes
You know it makes sense!
Coalitionally yours, Richard
(What A Performance Ringmaster).

Fire Springs linked events April 2010

April 28th, 2010 Comments off

Wednesday 28 April

FolkTales – featuring music from Kid Carpet and Electric Alice plus stories from Saikat, Anthony Nanson, and Alex Michelson – at the Scout Hut, Redcliff Backs, Bristol. 8.00 p.m. £4 on the door. Further details:

Friday 30 April

What a Performance! Verbal and musical antics at St James Wine Vaults, Bath. The usual unusual … and this time … Cricket! David Metcalfe - transatlantic numbers. … folk, blues, and beyond! GreenallRaynes are ready for ‘serious farce’ mission! Annnnnd you could be a spot on the floor – poets, raconteurs, musical notes. You know it makes sense! 8.00 p.m. Donation

Sunday 2 to Monday 3 May

Butterfly House Opening – Berkeley Castle. Children’s activities all day plus storytelling for all the family from Fire Springs. Contact: 01453 810332;

Sunday 9 May

Songs of Praise – from Bath, featuring Anthony Nanson and the Bath Storytelling Circle. BBC1. 4.30 p.m. (Check the exact time because it seems to be a moveable feast.)

Monday 17 May

Bath Storytelling Circle upstairs at the Raven, Bath. 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. Entry free. Contact: David 01225 482170

Thursday 27 May

Stroud Story Circle at a private venue in Stroud. 8.00 p.m. Entry free. Contact: Kirsty 01453 840887

Friday 4 June

Didgeridoo and Aboriginal Stories – with Sam Bloomfield and Anthony Nanson. Star Anise Arts Cafe, Stroud. Contact: 01453 761938

Monday 21 June

Bath Storytelling Circle upstairs at the Raven, Bath. 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. Entry free. Contact: David 01225 482170

Friday 2 to Sunday 4 July

Beyond the Border – International Storytelling Festival. Britain’s leading festival of storytelling returns to St Donats Castle on the South Wales coast for another spectacular weekend featuring storytellers, singers, poets, musicians, writers, and artists from around the globe. This year’s programme includes ‘In the Footsteps of Marco Polo’storytellers and musicians from Italy, Turkey, Georgia, Armenia, and ancient Babylon – as well as stories from Celtic Britain, Africa and the Caribbean, Traveller’s Tales, Stories & Food, the Green Stage (including Tales to Sustain), outdoor concerts in The Blue Garden, indoor concerts in the magnificent Bradenstoke Hall, and much more. Tickets: (0)1446 799100;

Monday 19 July

Bath Storytelling Circle upstairs at the Raven, Bath. 7.30 for 8.00 p.m. Entry free. Contact: David 01225 482170

Tuesdays 3, 10, 17, and 24 August

Children’s Activity Day – Berkeley Castle. Children’s activities all day with storytelling for all the family from Fire Springs. Contact: 01453 810332;

Thursday 16 September to Sunday 19 September

Tales to Sustain – ‘Silence, Stillness, Community, Sitting with Uncertainty’. We’re facing changing and challenging times. The world is becoming a new and unfamiliar place. As storytellers and environmental artists what can we do? Can we find ways of using our skills and stories to make a positive contribution to the changes ahead? This is the fifth annual gathering of people working with these issues: a chance to be sustained, recharged, inspired, and to share good practice. There will be facilitated sessions as well as time to just be. Venue: Rookery Farm, in North Somerset, a beautiful tranquil six-acre paradise with gardens, lakes, and secret nooks and crannies. Accommodation: camping with compost loos and running water, plus a few indoor spaces (first come first served). Locally sourced organic food. Beautiful workshop and contemplative spaces: yurts, tipis, and the land. £175. Early booking is essential, since places are limited to 30. Contact: Jane Flood 07825 296554,

Moremi Ajansoro

September 24th, 2007 Comments off

Notes: Yoruba Mythologist/Historian who come across this story should just enjoy my version of this story. Its not supposed to be a retelling of the real Moremi story.

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One Hat

July 12th, 2007 Comments off

 I am not quite sure of the origin of this story but I heard it from a Yoruba storyteller, perhaps its a Yoruba story perhaps not. I told the story at a storytelling meeting, it was then retold and published in an newsletter by Julie Long:

———–One Hat———————————————
Lucifer decides to stir up trouble in a small town, he put on a hat that was
red on one side and black on the other site. He then walk down the middle of
the main street, passing people to the right and passing people to the left.
When he had gone, the townspeople talked about the stranger.
“He had a red hat on”
“No, he had a black hat on”

So it went on until one half of the towns people were fighting the other
half of the townspeople.

Hidden in a bush, in a garden nearby. Lucifer rubs his hands with glee.

What a shame that the “red hat” and the “black hat” did not discover the
truth together.

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