Somerset Storyfest event at Halsway Manor 17th march 2013

Last Sunday we were delighted to be part of the Somerset Storyfest, a storytelling festival that reaches right across Somerset, going into clubs, schools, museums and arts centres. It was a fabulous day. We welcomed Michael Loader, a very experienced, fun and vibrant storyteller, and his friends, Beth Webb and Peter Stevenson. Michael told tales of the totem, a wonderful story about the coyote and the eagle and how the sun and the moon came into being, and Peter Stevenson, an incredibly talented illustrator and storyteller invited us to look into his Cabinet of Curiosities and showed us his marvellous illustrations of faery men and women. Beth Webb told a story whilst we were outside enjoying the sunshine and helped make some wonderful puppets. Everybody really enjoyed the puppet making, giving them names and creating their stories. Later on we went into the woods at the top of the field and looked for fairies, dived into rabbit holes and built a fairy house. It was an incredibly busy day which culminated in an illustration workshop with Peter where our imaginations ran wild and we fantasy characters or illustrations of the fairies we saw on our adventure. We were also joined by 10Radio which was fabulous, as Barry recorded the children speaking about their puppets and various other items throughout the day. We were all thoroughly happy and exhausted by the end of it!

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The Somerset Storyfest continues on Thursday March 21 with Beat it, Speak it, Tell it’ at 7.45pm at the Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre and Saturday March 23 with ‘Making Hi-STORY!’ at 2pm at the Museum of Somerset Taunton.


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Welcome to the new Halsway Manor Blog. Halsway Manor is a creative organisation that provides courses, events and activities for everyone interested in traditional folk music, dance and song, storytelling, folklore, arts and crafts. We are located in the Quantock Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the South West of England.

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