A Bit Crack Storytelling promotes and celebrates oral storytelling for adult audiences in the north-east of England. Run by storytellers Chris Bostock, Malcolm Green, Pascale Konyn and Pat Renton to share our delight in stories. Through regular storytelling events, projects and workshops we create platforms for audiences to enjoy the wonder of listening to a story well told.

Events coming up

Open Night – Winter Wonderings

Open Night – Winter Wonderings

Jan 2, 2014 | No Comments

Friday 2nd January, 7.30pm
Star and Shadow Cinema
Newcastle upon Tyne

What better way to start the year than sharing stories, songs, a joke or a poem with friendly folk? If you’ve never told a story before or if you …

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Dominic Kelly: Between Fell and Fjäll

Dominic Kelly: Between Fell and Fjäll

Feb 6, 2014 | No Comments

Friday 6th February, 7.30pm
Star and Shadow Cinema

Dominic grew up amongst the wildness and rain of the Lake District fells. Now his life is divided between northern England and Sweden. In both places, hills are fells (fjälls) and rivers …

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Giles Abbott: Tongues of Flame

Giles Abbott: Tongues of Flame

Mar 6, 2014 | No Comments

Friday 6th March, 7.30pm
Chillingham Arms, Heaton
Newcastle upon Tyne

The Life of Richard Francis Burton (1821 – 1890)
A new story By Giles Abbott
Amongst venerated British explorers such as Scott, Livingstone and Stanley, the no less figure of …

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Emily Hennessey: Loki

Emily Hennessey: Loki

Apr 3, 2014 | No Comments

Friday 3rd April, 7.30pm
Chillingham Arms, Heaton
Newcastle upon Tyne

Scandalous god, shape-shifter, wheeler-dealer, seducer and assassin… you can’t live with him, and the world can’t exist without him.

In the dark North where Gods and Giants hammer the world …

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Film from our Land Journey 2014

As the winter draws in and our toes feel the cold, bathe in the warmth of our journey in June. Many thanks to filmmaker Christo Wallers for his ever fantastic work and to all the walkers who agreed to take part and who became such wonderful advocates for the project. We couldn’t have dreamed of a better bunch of folk!

 

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Northumberland Folk Tales

9780752489988Malcolm launched his new book Northumberland Folk Tales at the end of November in the Priory Hall of Hexham Abbey. The book is full of tales which reflect the wild and secret character of Northumberland, featuring magical characters such as the Netherwitton worm who guards a secret well and the Hedley Kow that plays audacious tricks on humans. Accompanying these, there is the sound of human feet; saints seek refuge, ancient kings fight for land and salvation, and border folk pit themselves against one another with both wit and sword. Illustrated with thirty beautiful and evocative drawings by Rachel Edwards, this panoply of characters, together with ghosts, witches and the land itself, is brought to life by Malcolm.

Available now from all good booksellers or direct from The History Press, Malcolm will also have copies available for a reduced price at our storytelling evening at the Star and Shadow Cinema on Friday the 5th of November.