York Storytelling Festival

Catherine Heinemeyer, organiser of York Storytelling Festival

Catherine Heinemeyer, organiser of York Storytelling Festival

Hats off to Catherine Heinemeyer (aka storyteller Nettlefoot Kate) for bringing to life York’s first ever Storytelling Festival, which served up a feast of workshops and stories and fairy tales on Sunday. Children and adults alike were entranced, enthralled and entertained for the whole day, and well into the evening too.

Catherine had attracted some of the country’s leading storytellers to the festival, including Taffy Thomas, who has just become the UK’s first Laureate for Storytelling. (You can see his fabulous Tale Coat on the right in the photo above.)

About to perform at York Storytelling Festival

About to perform at York Storytelling Festival

Here I am (above) about to perform my stories in verse in the beautifully decorated hall. Providing musical interludes on the piano was Jonathan Tapp (below), to whom many thanks!

Jonathan Tapp providing musical interludes at York Storytelling Festival

Jonathan Tapp providing musical interludes at York Storytelling Festival

I thoroughly enjoyed the workshops and performances I attended, and felt very enriched by the whole experience. Much laughter (thank you Miles Salter!), much food for thought, many stories to pass on to others.

Thank you to all the volunteers who put so much into making the festival happen. It was well worth all your efforts!

Anneliese Emmans Dean – info@theBigBuzz.bizwww.theBigBuzz.biz

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