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Ventnor Fringe 2024 — Middle Age Crisis [SOLD OUT]

If you were hoping to catch ‘Tis Tales teller Holly’s show Middle Age Crisis at the Ventnor Arts Center next week as part of Ventnor Fringe, this show has now sold out 🙂

Holly is also performing in two other shows next week — as part of the Island Storytellers gang show The Seven Ages on Wednesday, 24th July, 7—9.30, at Ventnor Library, and with ‘Tis Tales for Elemental Tales on the second Saturday of Ventnor Fringe, Saturday, July 27th, 2024, 11am—noon, Ingrams Yard.

Tickets for those shows still available via links on .

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VFringe 2024 — A Storytelling Festival Within a Fringe

Building on our funded Somewhen Storytelling project last year, we’re please to announce a whole host of storytelling related events at this year’s Ventnor Fringe, with shows from a wide range of Island-based storytellers and a welcome return to the Island from Sarah Liisa Wilkinson.

Ticket links for all shows available here:


VFringe 2024 — Stories’n’Harp

As part of Ventnor Fringe, ‘Tis Tales teller Monty will be performing two shows as part of Stories’n’Harp, along with harpist Theresa Ellis and singer Jenni Charity.

So why not make a date in your diary for a pre-show lunch at the Better Days Cafe, then a matinée of tales…

And with different tales each day, there’s no reason not to come twice:-)

Tues, July 23rd, 2-3pmStories’n’Harp: Tales of Britain and Ireland (Wales & Ireland)Ingrams YardTickets
Weds, July 24th, 2-3pmStories’n’Harp: Tales of Britain and Ireland (England & Scotland)Ingrams YardTickets

See details of more story related events at

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Stories’n’Harp — Tales in Progress

In part as a warm-up for a couple of shows at Ventnor Fringe, ‘Tis Tales teller Monty will be performing as part of Stories’n’Harp at Babushka Books, Shanklin, on election day, Thursday, July 4th, 2024.

As ever with Babushka storytelling shows, sevens apply: doors at 7, tickets £7 (incl. refreshments…mmm, cake…). Tickets in advance from the shop, or tel. Reuben on 07511 220038‬ / 01983 652880.


“Under the Tree” Show @ IW Biosphere Festival

We’re pleased to announce our first ‘Tis Tales show for the summer will be as part of the IW Biosphere Festival — a selection of tales told “Under the Tree” at Northwood House, on Saturday, June 29th, 7.30-9pm. Tickets available here. Meet at the Northwood House War Memorial, Cowes.


“Middle Age Crisis” Show @ Babushka, June 4th, 2024

A first solo show for ‘Tis Tales teller Holly at Babushka Books, Shanklin, on Thursday, June 4th, 2024, 7pm doors with first story 7.15pm.

Tickets, as ever, £7, including refreshments, with reservations in advance on 07511 220038‬ / 01983 652880 or via the bookshop direct.

Early booking for all Babushka events is: a) much appreciated, and b) increasingly necessary, as the word starts to get out about the joy of storytelling, or perhaps it’s the cake and other refreshments?! (But that’s still no reason not to share the word: the bigger the audience, the more shows we can run, and hopefully the more tellers we can get onto the Island:-)


An Isle of Wight Miscellany (WIP — POSTPONED)

REGRETFULLY POSTPONED — the coughing, however, continues…:-(

Upcoming this week — Thursday, May 9th, 2024 — ‘TisTales teller Monty will be back at Babushka Books in Shanklin with a set of Island-based tales and legends. The first half of the show will feature a legend of how Godshill got its name, a macabre tale from Arreton, and a well known, and still told, children’s nursery tale that was originally set in Shanklin… The second part will feature a work-in-progress historical tale of life in the city of vice that was Newport in the 1850s, an evangelical preacher with a penchant for publishing inflammatory tracts, and a link to Jane Eyre…

The drill for tickets (£7, including refreshments) is, as ever, to make reservations in advance on 07511 220038‬ / 01983 652880 or via the bookshop direct. Doors are 7pm, with first story at 7.15.


‘Tis Tales at Lake Coffee House, Thurs, April 25th, 2024


We’re pleased to announce our first ‘Tis Tales set at the Coffee House, Lake, (on the No. 8 bus route, opposite Morrisons, next to Aldi; other supermarkets are available, just not there…), on Thursday, April 25th, 2024, doors at 7pm, first story 7.15, tickets £6 available from the ‘Tis Tales ticket site.

So come all ye and hear Holly, Monty and Sue regale you with tales for grown ups of fantastical beasts and maybe a mythical monster or two…


Stories’n’Harp, Monkton Arts, April 10th, 2024

Another outing for ‘Tis Tales teller Monty with Ryde based harpist Theresa Ellis, also featuring special guest Jenni Charity, at Monkton Arts, Ryde, on Wednesday April 10th, 2024.

Doors 7pm, first story 7.15pm. Tickets, price £5, are available here.

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Somewhen Presents — Clare Murphy, UniVerse

A mathematician finds a gift from a god. Blacksmiths beat out the music of the spheres. And why are there turtles everywhere?

Where does myth meet science? Is it only in the middle of the night when we half wake and half sleep? In this timeless place of wonder and insight, time stretches and a fissure opens that builds a dream bridge between many worlds…

All you need to know:

  • where? Quay Arts, Newport;
  • when? Tue 5th March 2024
  • time? Cafe / Bar open from 18:00, performance from 19:00
  • how much? £10 + £1.75 booking fee — tickets available here.

Clare is also running a workshop on storytelling for science communicators at Quay arts on the following day, Wednesday, March 6th, 2024, 9-5. Cost £45, incl. ticket to UniVerse. More details here.

Both these are events are organised by Somewhen Storytelling, promoting traditional storytelling as living oral culture on the Isle of Wight, supported by an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant.