Friday (31 Jan) saw the return of Stroud’s Story Supper at the fabulous Black Book Cafe.
It was an auspicious night – not only was it the Chinese New Year (The Year of the Horse, which we marked with some equine-related bardism & general horse-play), but also Imbolc (the Celtic Festival sacred to Brighid the Goddess of Poetry, Smithcraft and Healing), and the eve of National Storytelling Week!
The stars were clearly in our favour – for we had a great turn-out with folk coming from as far as Bristol and the other side of Swindon. It was hosted by the talented songstress, Chantelle Smith. The quality of the contributions was high and it was a great atmosphere.
Kat from the Bristol Storytelling Festival offered one of her ‘fractured fairy tales’. We had a lovely rendition of ‘Wee Mousie’ by local Burns fan Jo Woolley, Jim Pentney told us about his love of 1000 year old women, Kirsty Hartsiotis bequeathed us an epic Breton tale about St Melor, Chantelle herself gave a spirited performance of Talis Kimberley’s ballad ‘Uffington’, Kevan pitched in with his version of the Scottish Border Ballad ‘Thomas the Rhymer’ and ended the night with his lively retelling of Pwyll and Rhiannon. Other contibutions were equally as scintillating.
The Story Supper is a Cotswold Word Centre initiative set up by Kevan Manwaring late 2011. It runs on the last Friday of the month, 7pm. Future dates: 28 Feb; 28 Mar; 25 Apr; 30 May; 27 Jun.
All are welcome – storytellers, poets, singers & listeners. Arrive early for a floor spot (less than 10 mins – performed without a text only). Hot drinks and cakes are available – you are welcome to bring a takeaway!
Join us in the Palace of Memory next time!