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Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival 2019

Gŵyl Calan Gaeaf / Halloween Festival

31 October - 3 November

Daytime events are free to all. Evening events run from 7pm till 11pm and cost £10.

Festival ticket for three nights costs £25.

All events will be held in Ceredigion Museum, except on Sunday when events will take place around town. Museum will close at 5pm each day to the public, then reopen at 5.30pm for free book and exhibition launches, followed by ticketed evening concerts, 7pm.


Thursday 31st October: Evening

Gallery (free)

   5.30pm - 6.30pm: Opening of the exhibition ‘Chwedlau, Cwiltiau a Chranci / Stories, Quilts and a Crankie’, with music from Ailsa Mair Hughes, Appalachian singer and       artist Jamie Lester, and a crankie story from The Moon-eyed People by Peter Stevenson.


Main Stage (£10 entry)

An evening with Jez Danks and Friends

   7.00pm - 8.00pm: Jez Danks, with Borth sea shanty folk

   8.15pm - 9.15pm: Phil Okwedy and Mikey Inderikey: ‘Dance of the Stick Fighting Warriors’

   9.30pm - 10.30pm: Cynefin, Caneuon Gwerin Ceredigion folk songs, with Owen Shiers


Friday 1st November: Daytime

Auditorium (free) 10.00am - 4.00pm

A day of children’s storytelling events

   10.00am and 1.00pm: Milly Jackdaw: Stories

   11.00am and 2.00pm: Living Daylights Puppets

   12.00pm and 3.00pm: Louise Zlotnicki: Stories and dressing up

   2.00pm: Studio Ocean: Bottle orchestra (all ages, bring a clean empty glass bottle)

   All day: Making the story map, with Naomi Heath and / or Zac Dutton


Gallery (free)

Sessions and workshops for grown-ups and children

   10.30am - 11.30am: Angie Polkey: Tales of the soil (permaculture)

   12.00pm - 1.00pm: Fiona Collins and / or Cath Little: Story session

   1.30pm - 2.30pm: Peter Stevenson: Crankie workshop - make your own mini-crankie

   3.00pm - 4.00pm: Valériane Leblond: Illustration and quilt-making workshop


Friday 1st November: Evening

Gallery (free)

   5.30pm - 6.30pm: Y Cwilt: book launch and performance, with Valériane Leblond, Iwan Huws, Ben McManus and Peter Stevenson (supported by Y Lolfa)


Main Stage (£10 entry)

An evening celebrating the shared cultures of Wales and Appalachia.

   7.00pm - 7.45pm: Three Legg’d Mare with songs from Wales, Appalachia and beyond

   8.00 pm- 10.00pm: Joseph Sobol: ‘Jack and the Least Gal: a Fantasia of Appalachian Wonder Tales’ (with short break)

   10.15pm - 11.00pm: Ben McManus, Jamie Lester and friends with Appalachian tunes and songs


Saturday 2nd November: Daytime

Events will alternate between the auditorium and gallery.


Auditorium (free) 10.30am - 4.00pm

Storytelling and art day

   10.30am onwards: National Library of Wales: ‘Datgloi Ein Treftadaeth Sain / Unlocking Our Sound Heritage’ (presentation by the project manager)

   10.30am onwards: Making the Story Map, with Naomi Heath and / or Zac Dutton

   10.30am onwards: Maria Hayes: Live drawing, all around the Museum

   10.30am onwards: Ocean Studio: ‘The Busking Mermaid’

   11.00am - 12.00pm: Cauldron Tales with Milly and Cath 

   1.00pm onwards: Appalachian music sessions with Ben McManus and friends


Gallery (free) 10.00am - 4.20pm

   10.00am - 10.20pm: Catrin Fflur Huws: ‘Pethe na wedes i’

   10.30am - 11.20pm: Fiona Collins: Chwedlau i ddysgwyr Cymraeg / Stories for Welsh learners

   11.30pm - 11.50pm: Catrin Fflur Huws: ‘Braslun Cymeriad’

   12.00pm - 12.50pm: Damian Gorman and Caroline Clark: Poetry of Migration and Place

   1.00pm - 1.50pm: Young Storytellers of Wales, with Ffion Phillips, Freya Canham, Dafydd Phillips and more

   2.00pm - 2.50pm: Michael Harvey and Pauline Down, Taliesin Chwedl a Chân / Taliesin through Story and Song

   3.00pm - 3.50pm: Fiona Collins: Mesopotamian Tales, with the Crankie of Gilgamesh

   4.00pm - 4.20pm: Catrin Fflur Huws: ‘Things we didn’t say’   


Saturday 2nd November: Evening

Gallery (free)

   5.30pm - 6.30pm: Fiona Collins: Book launch, Folk Tales for Bold Girls (History Press)


Main Stage (£10 entry)

Storytelling evening

   7.00pm - 8.00pm: Cath Little: ‘You, Me, and Those who came before: a love song to Wales’

   8.30pm - 9.30pm: Michael Harvey and Pauline Down: ‘Branwen: Chwedl a Chân / Branwen through Story and Song’

   10.00pm - 11.00pm: Tinc y Tannau: ‘Neges Mewn Potel / Message in a Bottle’


Sunday 3rd November

A very informal morning and early afternoon of story walks, sessions, and crankies.

Morning events will be outdoors or in The Art Alley, and the afternoon at Bottle and Barrel.

Free, but a tankard and a hat will be politely passed round for donations to the Festival.

Meet outside Ceredigion Museum or at The Art Alley, 13A Portland Rd (one minute walk from the Museum), depending on the weather.

   11.00am - 12.30pm (approx): Story walks or informal sessions with Jez Danks, Peter Stevenson, Ailsa Mair Hughes and Milly Jackdaw 

   12.00am - 12.30pm: Studio Ocean: Lleuad Las and the Lady of Craig-lais (as part of the story walk or session, venue tbc)


Bottle and Barrel, 10 Cambrian Place, SY23 1NT

   1.30pm - 3.30pm (approx): Peter Stevenson, Ailsa Mair Hughes, Milly Jackdaw, Ben McManus, Valériane Leblond and friends with an informal session of stories, open to all to tell a tale or sing a song.


All weekend @ Amgueddfa Ceredigion Museum

Chwedlau, Cwiltiau a Chranci (Stories, Quilts and a Crankie): an exhibition of folk art, illustration, quilts, film, storytelling, photography, artist books, and a crankie, with contributors from West Wales and West Virginia


Thanks for the support: Ceredigion Museum, Planet the Welsh Internationalist, Bottle and Barrel, the Art Alley Collective, Young Storyteller of Wales, Shelley Guesthouse, Medina