Embrace your love of reading at Norfolk’s first ever Festival of Storytelling

The library in The Forum, Norwich; picture by Adrian Judd

The library in The Forum, Norwich; picture by Adrian Judd - Credit: Archant

Once upon a time, in a land not so far away, a talented group of storytellers gathered to share their love of books with eager readers from across the county...

Festival of Storytelling Logo

Festival of Storytelling Logo - Credit: Archant

A two-week festival organised by the Norfolk Library Service is set to begin tomorrow, with the aim of encouraging people to embrace their love of reading through various storytelling sessions.

Several famous faces will be getting involved, including the likes of Taffy Thomas, Giles Abbott, Dave Tonge, Mandy Hartley and Daniel Morden, who are all signed up to host events, most of which will be free to attend.

Renowned storyteller Hugh Lupton will also be entertaining attendees by delving deep into local folklore, telling a selection of stories from his Norfolk folk tales and legends collection.

Throughout the course of the festival, which is the first of its kind to be held in Norfolk, audiences will be introduced to fairy tales, ancient myths, and multicultural stories in a way that is unlike anything they have ever heard before.

A range of storytelling and acting styles will be implemented at the events - some featuring music, drawings and props - meaning that there is bound to be something of interest for everyone. Moreover the sessions are open to people of all ages, with many of the events being suitable for families with young children.

Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Chairman of the Communities Committee said; 'The storytelling festival is a unique way of engaging the county's population with their local libraries through the telling of traditional stories, myths and other fascinating tales. The inclusion of bounce and rhyme events for toddlers and shared reading for adults' means that there really is something for everyone, and hopefully all age groups will be encouraged to visit their local library.'

• The Festival of Storytelling runs from September, 24 to October, 9. A full line-up of the events can be found at www.norfolk.gov.uk/libraries

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