National Storytelling Week, 2023, Event Round-up

As we come to the end of National Storytelling Week, a quick round-up of events that took place over the last or so here on the island.

Last Friday saw internationally renowned storyteller Peter Chand telling a wonderful collection of elephant related tales, from the origin story of the Hindu god of new beginnings, Ganesha, to the title story of the set, Jayamala, and a short, but powerful, tale of the King of the Elephants and the cruelty of man (variant). If you missed the set, ask one of the Island Storytellers to tell you their favourite tale from the evening:-)

When asked for a goto reference book for Indian oral tales, Peter suggested A. K. Ramanujan’s Folktales from India: A Selection of Oral Tales from Twenty-two Languages, 1997.

‘Tis Tales teller, Monty, also had a couple of full-capacity/standing room only “pop-up” venue shows this week, with a performance of Unforeseen Consequences: Travelling the Road at The Athanor museum of curiosities in Ventnor, followed by a lighter set of tales — Unforeseen Consequences: Verging on Nonsense — at Babushka Books in Shanklin.

Huge thanks to Marushka and Reuben, respectively, for providing such wonderful venues, and thanks to all who attended.

PS I also note that it’s Independent Music Venue Week this week. For any old fans of the Stuffies out there (which is to say, The Wonderstuff), Strings in Newport have Miles Hunt on the bill this Saturday doing a solo set…

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