Announcing “Spring Stories”, 2023, @ Bar 74

With spring in the air, ‘Tis Tales are pleased to announce a new collection of traditional tales — Spring Stories — presenting for the first time on the Ides of March — Wednesday, March 15th, 2023, 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start — at Bar 74, Ryde.

Look forward to an enchanting evening of traditional spring tales, featuring gods and goddesses, flowers and fog, making it perfectly balanced between the darkness of winter and the lightness of summer.

Tickets are now available priced £6 in advance (includes booking fee), or on the door.

To secure a ticket for purchase on the door, email:


Events for National Storytelling Week, 2023

You may not have heard of it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not happening… Dates vary depending on where you look it up, but National Storytelling Week, 2023, — a celebration of storytelling in all its forms — will be running over the first week of February.

Here on the Island, we’re starting early, with the Island Storytellers promoting what we’re sure will be a believably unbelievable set of Indian tales from internationally renowned professional storyteller Peter Chand.

Peter is making a welcome return to the Island following his appearance at RhythmTree Festival in 2019 and will be appearing at Caffe Isola in Newport on Friday, January 27th, 2023 with his show Jayamala and other Elephant Tales Doors open at 6.30pm with the first story at 7pm. Tickets priced £10 (including booking fee) are available from: More details here.

During National Storytelling week itself, ‘Tis Tales teller, and island folk club regular, Tony “Monty” Hirst will be performing two separate sets in tiny venues on the theme of “unforeseen consequences”.

On Wednesday, February 1st, he’ll be performing at The Athanor “Cabinet of Curiosities” with a set of traveler tales subtitled Travelling the Road, then visiting Babushka Books in Shanklin on Thursday, February 2nd for several more traditional tales that are Verging on Nonsense,. Doors for both events open at 7pm, with the first tale at 7.15pm. Tickets are available direct from each venue:

  • The Athanor, Pier St, Ventnor, Wednesday, February 1st, 2023: tickets £3, advance reservation only, from the venue, or tel. 07405 346388
  • Babushka Books, Regent St, Shanklin, Thursday, February 2nd, 2022, tickets £5 (incl. refreshments)., advance reservation only, from the venue, or tel. 01983 652880 / 07511 220038

We’re also hoping to announce some new ‘Tis Tales events in the near future, along with exciting news from the Island Storytellers… So keep checking back here to find out what and when, for all things story…


An Evening of Elephant Tales, With Peter Chand

From ancient stone carvings, to the Indian epics and many a folktale in between – the elephant has played a large part in many a story from the subcontinent. Whether it is the kind and trusting beast who suffers at the cruel hands of man, or the Remover of Obstacles himself the wise and powerful Ganesha- the elephant is as much a part of the myth and folktale of India as the pantheon of gods themselves.

In what we hope will be a story-filled 2023, the Island Storytellers are bringing professional storyteller Peter Chand onto the island for an evening of Indian Tales — Jayamala and Other Elephant Tales — at Cafe Isola, Newport, on Friday, January 27th, 2023, doors at 6.30pm and first story at 7pm.

Tickets, priced £10 (including booking fee) are available from:

Biography: British Indian storyteller Peter Chand has bought together a collection of elephant stories that are at times whimsical and sensual, and also dark and disturbing in equal measure. From the mighty Indra’s flying white elephant, to the moving tale of Jayamala, this is a lovely collection of Indian stories bought to you by one of Europe’s finest storytellers.


Announcing “Winter Tales”, 2022

Following on from our two previous sold-out performances (Island Tales and Sinister Stories), we’re pleased to announce our next show will be back at Boojum & Snark in Sandown on Thursday, December 15th, 2022. Doors open at 7pm, stories from 7.30pm.

Tickets in advance, priced £6 including booking fee, from


Sinister Stories at Fort Victoria

Taking a step out into the woods, our next ‘Tis Tales performance is a seasonal outing of sinister stories and chilling tales, at Fort Victoria on Friday, October 28th, 2022, 7pm-8.30pm (subject to weather…).

An atmospheric evening of chilling traditional tales.

The evening will start in the car park at Fort Victoria, where the tale tellers will meet you before guiding you to a clearing in the woods. There we will settle in for an evening of stories about Death and the Devil, spectres and ghouls, close calls and unfortunate ends.

The tales are chilling, but we don’t have to be! Dress for the weather, bring a hot flask and a chair, blanket or cushion to keep the chilblains at bay.

Suitable for ages 11+. In the event of extreme weather you will be contacted and the event will be rearranged to a later date.

Tickets, priced £5.50 (which includes the booking fee) available from the ‘Tis Tales ticket site,, or direct here.


Island Storytellers Promoted Event: Keith Donnelly

On Monday, October 17th, 2022, 7.30-9.30pm, the Island Storytellers storytelling circle are promoting a special event at the Ventnor Arts Club, a one-night only performance event by singer and teller of the tallest of tales, Keith Donnelly.

Tickets, priced £6 + booking fee, are available from the Ventnor Arts Club or via online ticket sales here.

The Island Storytellers meet once a month or so, typically on the third Tuesday of the month, typically in a pub somewhere on the Island, for an informal hour or two of round table storytelling. Tellers new and old, as well as listeners old and new, are always most welcome. Check out the Island Storytellers Facebook group, or the Island Storytellers page here on the `Tis Tales website, for regular updates about where the group is meeting next…


‘Tis Tales Performance at IW Literary Festival, 2022, Now Sold Out

If your haven’t bought your tickets for our “Island Tales” performance this weekend at Medina Bookshop in Cowes, as part of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, 2022, the tickets have now sold out.

We are hoping to announce some dates for a couple of new performances in the near future, so make sure you keep checking back here for updates.

If you would like to book ‘Tis Tales for a storytelling performance, please get in touch via


Upcoming Show at Isle of Wight Literary Festival

We’re pleased to announce that ‘Tis Tales will be performing at the Medina Bookshop, Cowes, on Saturday, October 8th, 2022, 7.30pm-8.30pm, as part of the Isle of Wight Literary Festival, with another outing of our Island Tales set.

We may not have books to sell, but we certainly have tales to tell…

Tickets, priced £10, are available from the Isle of Wight Literary Festival website.


First ‘Tis Tales Gig at Ventnor Fringe, 2022

This Saturday, July 23rd, 2022, 7pm, we’ll be performing for the first time as Tis Tales, at the Ventnor Arts Club, as part of the Ventnor Fringe.

Tickets are still available from the Ventnor Fringe Box Office:


Storytelling at Ventnor Fringe

As part of of the Ventnor Fringe, we’re involved in a whole host of upcoming events.

From storywalks and the book bus, to an Island Storytellers collective event and our first `Tis Tales performance, there are plenty of opportunities to come and hear some tales told the traditional way.

‘Tis Tales — Island Tales

Following several shows as “Three Island Storytellers”, Holly Medland, Tony “Monty” Hirst and Sue Bailey are coming to Ventnor Fringe for a first performance in their new guise of ‘Tis Tales.

Drawing on a wide range range of traditional stories, fabulous folk tales, magical myths, lost legends, and possibly even a few lies, the performance is sure to feature some stories you may recall as having heard somewhere before, once upon a time, and others that will surely be new to you.

So leave the box sets behind, unsubscribe from the podcasts, turn off the radio, forego the theatre, and instead come and enjoy a programme of tales told the traditional way.

Ventnor Arts Club [TICKETS]

Saturday 23rd July 2022 – 7pm – 8pm
Tickets: £8, Under 25 £5, Culture / Unlimited Pass 2for1

Island Storytellers — Gri(m)m Tales After Dark

This evening of storytelling will include grim local stories, darkly humorous yarns and folk tales collected by the brothers Grimm. (Viewer discretion advised as some of these stories may be a bit dark for the very young or faint hearted. Your yarn spinners all belong to the Island Storytellers, an informal group who meet to share tales and keep alive and promote oral storytelling. They meet on a monthly basis with occasional extra events such as arranging visiting storytellers and running storytelling workshops.

You can bring your drinks to this venue !

Ventnor Library [TICKETS]

Tuesday 26th July 2022 – 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Tickets: £6, Under 25 £5, Culture / Unlimited Pass 2for1