Raucous Rhymes and Wonder Tales

Thank you to all the people who crammed into Jacob’s Well on Saturday night and joined in the singing and storytelling in our York Literature Festival show, ‘Raucous Rhymes and Wonder Tales‘, exploring childhood around the world and across the centuries.

Preparing for our Raucous Rhymes show (Have we got enough chairs? No!)
Preparing for our Raucous Rhymes show (Have we got enough chairs? No!)

Story-teller Catherine Heinemeyer (aka Nettlefoot Kate) and I really enjoyed your company, and your wonderful imaginations! The story we all made up together included contributions from children as young 5, right up to septegenarians.

Catherine and I winding down after our show
Winding down with Catherine after our show

It was a real ‘family event’ – and included a poem I’d written inspired by my father (called ‘Laura’ – which you can watch here), and fabulous buns made by my mum, which were much enjoyed by all!

My mum with her delicious Raucous Rhymes buns!
My mum with her delicious Raucous Rhymes buns!

We were privileged to have Wishart Malinga in the audience too, who told us a bit about the school he’s founded in his home village in Malawi, and about how they need people to sponsor children’s education there. (Find out more) (You may remember my Christmas cards last year were sold in support of Wishart’s school.)

The feedback we’ve had from the audience has been wonderful – e.g.:

‘Just wanted to say HOW much Celestine and I enjoyed last night. Thank goodness we decided to come!’ (Janice Brown)

‘We all [4 adults; 2 children] thought it was delightful! The way you’d planned it and performed together was great, really ‘professional’ but also warm and informal. A really nice atmosphere. The poem that stuck in David’s [age 12] mind and Katharine’s most was the neglected girl with the big sister ‘Hi-i, can’t talk now…’ which we had in the car all the way home!’ (Jenny Gwynne)

This was the world premiere of ‘Raucous Rhymes and Wonder Tales‘, and we’re now looking forward to performing the show elsewhere.

Thank you very much indeed to Verena for taking all these photos (and for her invaluable assistance before and after the show). And thank you too to my husband Mike for being on the door (amongst many other roles!)

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