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April 2021

The World Tree – Lisa Schneidau

April 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

In a world of magic and miracles, Yggdrasil the ash tree holds all of creation in its roots and branches. Odin the Allfather hangs upside down from the great tree, waiting for wisdom to come. But what happens when the ash tree falls sick? Ash is one of our commonest trees, bringing many gifts: timber, fuel, tools, inspiration and protection. Now ash dieback is on the march through our countryside, and in ten years’ time most of our ash trees…

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March 2021

Crying Like A Fire In The Sun – Hugh Lupton

March 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Demons and Angels contend in a rich interweaving of Apocryphal and Old Testament tales drawing from Jewish, Islamic and Christian sources. We are delighted to present this fabulous evening with renowned storyteller Hugh Lupton. As always, everyone is welcome to attend our events and there are no set ticket prices. For those of you with the means to pay, we rely on your donations to pay for the cost of putting on the evening, including paying our fabulous guest storytellers…

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February 2021

Talking To Strangers – Dan Yashinsky

February 5 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online via Zoom

"In this time of wall-building and border-defending, I keep thinking about what stories - personal and traditional - teach us about how to talk to and welcome strangers.  As we meet in zoomland on February 5, I will bring stories from the Yukon, from Iraq, and from my own remixed folktale rummage chest - all of which have to do with what happens when a stranger knocks at your door.  And please consider telling me some of your stories, too! …

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January 2021

Zoom into 2021 with A Bit Crack

January 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Online via Zoom

Join us at the turning of the year - have we grown or been shrunken by 2020 and where will our dreaming lead us to in the New Year? Dust off your memories and leap into ’21 with stories to fire the spirit from Chris, Claire, Pat and Malcolm. Sane tales for mad times! Coming to a computer near you https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88926109699

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December 2020

Hearth Songs

13th December, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online!

Heart-warming songs and stories for a winter’s night… Theatre, story-telling and group singing combine for a magical midwinter online celebration 13th December 2020 7pm, LIVE on Youtube! Hearth Songs brings together singers from the Mouthful Virtual Chorus with the wonderful storyteller, Malcolm Green. A new collaboration between singers from Mouthful and story-tellers’ collective a Bit Crack pushing at the boundaries of online group singing in theatrical ways, creating a magical midwinter online experience!   Visit https://www.mouthfulway.co.uk/hearth for the link to…

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Alexander Mackenzie – Tales from The Odyssey

4th December, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Be warned, the Odyssey is not for the weak hearted, and this storyteller is not for those that easily blush. Alexander Mackenzie has written and illustrated his version of the Odyssey that has recently been published. He has all the gorgeous imagination of Homer plus his own inspirational spontaneity. He will tell the story of the hero Odysseus with all the verve and attention to detail that it deserves with a dollop or two of sauce that was never mentioned…

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November 2020

Awakenings

6th November, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online via Zoom

Have we been asleep? From these troubled times there has been darkness and light. To some there has been a slowing of time. Time to wonder at the beauty of the earth and a precious time of warmth and friendship. For others the journey of awakening has been hard and sorrowful. Tonight we will hear stories that will gladden our hearts and minds. To help us be strong, grounded as we stand tall to face this strange and changing world.…

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October 2020

An Evening with Michael Harvey

2nd October, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Online via Zoom

We are honoured to present one of the foremost tellers of today;  Michael Harvey. Michael is a familiar figure on the storytelling scene and has travelled all over the world telling traditional stories to audiences of all ages. We are delighted that he will be joining us. All in the course of the evening  we will meet witches and ogres and take a wild ride through a wondertale! Starting with Taliesin, one of the great stories of these islands. Strange,…

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September 2020

Stepping Out with Ivanir Sibylla Hasson and Chris Bostock

4th September, 2020 @ 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…

17th August, 2020 @ 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

7th August, 2020 @ 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

3rd July, 2020 @ 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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