The East Anglian Storytelling Festival 2016

An Arts project Blaxhall, Suffolk Coastal District, United Kingdom

The East Anglian Storytelling Festival 2016

Help The East Anglian Storytelling Festival take professional storytellers into schools so children can create and perform brand new stories

Help children take part in The East Anglian Storytelling Festival - and get your name in a story!

In a world where so much human interaction is mediated by technology, we believe children experiencing face-to-face storytelling is more important than ever. Can you help us fund our School's Workshops and Family Storytelling Sessions so as many children as possible can enjoy the fun, irreverent, entertaining tradition of East Anglian storytelling? 

About the Festival

In 2015, a group of East Anglian storytellers got together to put on a celebration of everything that was great about East Anglian storytelling and it was such a success with audiences and storytellers alike that we're doing it again!

The festival will take place from Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th July and, as last year, will be based in Blaxhall in Suffolk which has a thriving folk art tradition going back centuries.  even bigger and better festival! There will be local, national and international stories for young and old celebrating and promoting storytelling as a thriving, modern, vibrant art, that is accessible and relevant to all. 

About the Children's Sessions

School's workshops:

One school from each of the four counties (Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex) will take part in a day of storytelling and story making with two professional storytellers. The day will begin with a whole school assembly all about storytelling, and then the storytellers will work with one class to create a new myth or legend about their area. That legend will then be performed (with the help of the children if they choose) at the Family Storytelling Sessions at the Festival. 

The delivery of these workshops (including all the preparation, travel and aministration) will cost approx £2000

Family Story Sessions:

On all three afternoons of the festival, three professional tellers will entertain families with tales local, national and international. Each session will include one or two of the new legends created at the school's workshops. 

The delivery of these sessions (including all the preparation, travel and adminstration) will cost approx £1000. This is our stretch goal if we reach our first target of £2000 - so please dig deep! 

The Rest of the Festival

It's not just for kids though! There are plenty of opportunities to tell stories, plus some strictly adults only late night evening sessions - so do come along and join us. Here's an idea of what to expect

  • An Opening Lunch: stories and food to welcome everyone to the festival.
  • Three early afternoon Family Storytelling sessions, featuring professional storytellers and including performance of the schools work.
  • Three late afternoon open Story Rounds, each hosted by two different East Anglian storytelling clubs
  • Three early evening sessions and three late evening sessions featuring regional professional tellers and nationally reknowned headline artists (Shonaleigh Cumbers, Taffy Thomas MBE)
  • Two professional development sessions led by established artists sharing their practice, including networking time.
  • A pub Story Table for all three days: anyone amateur or professional can sit down and tell
  • Three evenings of Tales at Table: professional tellers will tell to individual tables of diners in the pub.

How you can help

Any amount you can pledge will be greatly appreciated and go towards making sure as many children as possible can experience the joy of storytelling. We have some great rewards too, including signed programmes, your name in the programme, your name used in a story and a story created especially for you to be told at the festival. Have a look and see what you fancy!

Thanks for taking the time to read about our festival, if you'd like to know more then do feel free to contact: 

Justine de Mierre, Chair of the East Anglian Fabulation and Festival Co-ordinator at 07921 334 293