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September 2020

Stepping Out with Ivanir Sibylla Hasson and Chris Bostock

September 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Stepping Out - The Singing Shoemaker and Other Stories with Ivanir Sibylla Hasson and Chris Bostock. Ivanir hails from the mountains of Telemark in Norway, from where she will lure us into her forest web with tales of the Singing Shoemaker the farmer who took her goats to the Garden of Eden. And Chris, a bit of a loafer, has cobbled together some soulful tales to set tongues wagging in his local brogue. So step up and join this pair…

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August 2020

Cracking On! Join the Conversation…

August 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online via Zoom
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Cracking On is an evening of discussion and exploration around a selection of stories. We welcome Zahra Afsah, teller of traditional Persian tales and anecdotes, who will be sharing ‘The Mouse and The Girl’, a traditional folktale originally from an ancient Sanskrit text, the Panchatantra. We are also honoured to have Penny Grennan, local storyteller who will share ‘Tea for Three’, a collision of history and class by the banks of the East Allen River, written by Penny specially for…

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Around the (Virtual) Campfire: Friends of A Bit Crack Charity Night

August 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Gather round! We have invited friends of A Bit Crack, both some of the regular contributors to our open nights as well as some new friends from further afield all bringing a story to share just for you. Join us for a fabulous evening of stories from Richard Birmingham, Gill Warren, Greg McCormick, Sarah Deco and another special guest or two... As always, our open nights promise to be a wonderful evening, who knows where we may journey and what we…

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July 2020

Pat Renton and Claire Randles: Beneath the Waves

July 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Mysterious beings arise from the sea, a fisherman throws his nets endlessly into the water and a young man finds love. Meanwhile a formidable goddess of the deep rages storms across the oceans. Though many stories of the sea are full of tragedy, further beneath the waves there are glimmers of kindness, love and compassion. Join Claire and Pat for an evening of stories from the heart of the ocean. This event is free to attend thanks to the previous…

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June 2020

Emily Hennessey: The Good, The Bad and The Uglier

June 5 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Emily Hennessey was kidnapped by trolls as a baby, and brought up in the Swedish forest where she learned to cook porridge, steal gold and scare children; skills which are useful to her now as a storyteller. One of her many missions in life is to teach people about trolls who are sometimes just a little bit misunderstood. (Sometimes. Not always. Many WILL try to eat you...) Some say trolls should stay in the shadows, shut out, banished to the mind’s edge-lands. But…

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May 2020

Stories of Hope

May 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online via Zoom

We are inviting back old friends who have been to visit us over the past year to share stories of hope and wonder at this time of confusion and disorientation. From London we welcome back Kerima Mohideen, from Glasgow Gauri Raje, from Hungry Maja Bumberack, from Cumbria Nick Hennessey and from Newcastle Martin Manasse and Chris Bostock. As always, our open nights promise to be a wonderful journey through the world of stories. The event is free to attend and…

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A Bit Crack Storytelling with Dominic Kelly

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Join us for another evening of online storytelling! A Bit Crack have invited internationally acclaimed storyteller and performer Dominic Kelly to join us this month. Dominic brings a fabulous mix of personal tales, Swedish folktales and wonder tales and along with a few contributions from friends of A Bit Crack we are looking forward to another evening of escaping into stories. Dominic earns his living as a storyteller and was due to be our guest teller this month at the…

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April 2020

Online Open Night

April 17 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online!

Following on from the success of the first Friday of April’s online storytelling, we have decided to add an extra one – an open night this Friday, to which we have invited Friends of A Bit Crack to contribute to an evening. We have an all-star line up including: Tim Dalling, Richard Birmingham, Sef Townsend, Martin Manasse and others. Please contact us via the webpage or Facebook for the zoom details and join us for an evening full of surprises!

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ABC Virtual Night

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online!

You may have thought we were making history with the first cancelled A Bit Crack night in 30 years but arising from the ashes is the first A Bit Crack Virtual Night! Thanks to Emma for first suggesting it and Ben and Gill for helping us along, we can happily announce that Friday 3rd April is back! Join us on Zoom to hear a few stories we have thrown into an online melting pot. Full details have been sent in…

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***CANCELLED***Local Voices – Emergence

April 3 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Chillingham Arms, 89-91 Chillingham Rd
Heaton, NE6 5XL
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We are so sorry that we have had to cancel an event for the first time ever! With the coming of spring comes new voices and fresh stories emerge...join us for an evening of local talented storytellers Ben Holden , Gill Davison  and Greg McCormick with music from Katherine Zesserson. Tickets on the door £8 (£6 hardship rate, £10 philanthropist rate)

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March 2020

Cracking On Story Circle

March 16 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Following on from a successful story circle in January, we will again have one main story to listen to, explore and discuss. Come and hear the tale and join the conversation! You never know where it might lead or what other stories it may spark. If you are keen to practice a story too, there will also be a chance for a few other short stories. Free to attend and hosted in a lovely living room in Jesmond…RSVP to Chris…

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Sef Townsend: Tales of the Levant

March 6 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Chillingham Arms, 89-91 Chillingham Rd
Heaton, NE6 5XL
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For thousands of years the Levant has been a place of the crossing of cultures. Muslim, Jew, Christian and Druze, or the ever inscrutable Samaritan have shared stories here. At campfires, or in the many fabled caravanserai, from Jerusalem to Baghdad, or from Aqaba to Damascus travellers, pilgrims, merchants and soldiers have come together to bring, share and tell each other’s stories which have survived for generations. Sef brings a veritable caravan of stories gathered from his many years of visiting these…

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