Embrace your love of reading at Norfolk's first ever Festival of Storytelling
PUBLISHED: 15:32 23 September 2016 | UPDATED: 15:32 23 September 2016
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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...
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.
Famous faces attending the Festival of Storytelling
Charlie Wilson. Pictured provided by Charlie Wilson
D Morden and H Lupton in Gods and Monsters. Pictured provided by D Morden and H Lupton
Daniel Morden. Pictured provided by Daniel Morden
Dave Tonge. Picture provided by Dave Tonge
Giles Abbott, Picture provided by Giles Abbott
Hugh Lupton. Picture provided by Hugh Lupton.
Jim Kavanagh at Worstead Festival. Picture provided by Jim Kavanagh
John Kirk. Picture provided by John Kirk.
Liam Carroll at Blurred Edges. Picture provided by Liam Carroll
Mandy Hartley in Pirates. Picture provided Mandy Hartley
Maryjane Edgar playing the singing bowl. Picture provided by Maryjane Edgar
Mike Dodsworth. Picture provided Mike Dodsworth.
Storyteller Hugh Lupton.; Photo: Nick Butcher
Simon Floyd. Picture provided by Simon Floyd.
Settle Storytelling Festival 7-10 oct 2010 Taffy Thomas. Picture by AJ Crossland.
Bill Bryson with Dave Tonge and Stewart Alexander of Past Imagined at the national launch of the heritage open days in Norwich. Photo: Bill Smith Copy: Mark Nicholls For: EDP / EN Archant © 2005 (01603) 772434
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