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Posted on May 31, 2011 at 2:06pm

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I've been writing a blog about the places I tell in the UK and I'm now working on a Google map of all those venues with links to the blog. There are many a museum, festival and heritage site to check out...…

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Here be oak at Barley Hall, York

Saturday last I was telling at Barley Hall in York . Hidden down a tiny alley between Stonegate and Swinegate and a mere stones throw from York Minster, it is a reconstructed and renovated Medieval Hall that is a veritable sweetshop of sensory delights. And so I was like a kid in a sweetshop at the hall, because it has been rebuilt using ancient skills and techniques. It is also softly lit with low light, some horn windows & scented candles, and decorated with the flowers, herbs, and…

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Posted on February 27, 2011 at 10:45am

Here be Oak at Barley Hall York

Saturday last I was telling at Barley hall in York . Hidden down a tiny alley between Stonegate and Swinegate and a mere stones throw from York Minster, it is a reconstructed and renovated Medieval Hall that is a veritable sweetshop of sensory delights. And so I was like a kid in a sweetshop at the hall, because it has been rebuilt using ancient skills and techniques. It is also softly lit… Continue

Posted on February 27, 2011 at 10:40am

Don't Count Your Chickens...

I can often be heard saying that there are no new tales in the world and we storytellers simply grow new corn from old fields. We take those old tales and make them our own. We impose our culture and our beliefs on them and in that way they travel around the world. Don't Count Your Chickens is a story that is a good example of this, because it is an ancient tale…

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At 6:06am on January 13, 2012, Red Phoenix (Terrie Howey) said…

Hello to you too! Yea it counts. You going to the Gathering again this year?

At 5:03pm on January 12, 2012, Kevin Walker said…

Omnipresent me mate!!

At 10:50am on September 29, 2010, Christi U. said…
A story swap sounds like a grand plan. When I have a chance, I post my new rewrites here. You'll see a few old ones in my blog posts from my page.
Last time I was at my regular gig, one of the storekeeper's daughter requested the tale she heard back in Feb. "You know, the one with the three princes and the cat!" It took me a minute to figure it out, but then I was able to dive right into "The White Cat", a French fairy tale.
Right now, I'm working on tales from Mexico for a school program I've got at the end of October. Got any suggestions?
At 10:56am on July 2, 2010, George Allen Williams said…
Good day, David. Just wanted to let you know that I've found copies of "Medieval Comic Tales" and "A Hundred Merry Tales," and am enjoying them tremendously. Thanks!
At 9:30pm on June 19, 2010, George Allen Williams said…
Dave, I just watched your new promo video. It was great. I think we must be kindred spirits. Your comments about the importance (and fun) of stories matches my thoughts to a "T" ... people are the same, then and now, only our surroundings have changed. (I've used that approach in some Biblical storytelling in an effort to make the people seem less than the "plaster saints" they are so often portrayed as being.) Like they say in Oklahoma: "That's good work, hoss."
At 2:30pm on June 18, 2010, George Allen Williams said…
Great, Dave! I've found the book on Amazon. There is a 2010 edition (the other was printed in 2008), so I'm ordering that one. Can't wait to read it. Any other suggestions? (I've committed to 2 more years as King, but then want to go full time Medieval Storyteller. BTW, where did you get your hat? It's exactly what I've been looking for, but can't find it in the States.

A few months back, my wife and I were asked to be costumed players at the world premiere of "The Mary Rose," a symphonic tribute to the great warship. (It was held in Oklahoma because apparently some rich Folks donated a lot of money to help raise the ship.) Prince Charles sent some emissaries to the premiere, along with several artifacts. It was a wonderful event. Thus far, that's as close as we've gotten to the "real thing."
At 9:21am on June 18, 2010, George Allen Williams said…
Good day, Dave. Thanks for making me your friend. Your gigs would be, I think, absolutely amazing.
At 12:30pm on November 3, 2009, Debs Newbold said…
Hi Dave,
Yes I am proud to say that I am a Morris dancer. I belong to a side called Sharp Morris and we dance out of Cecil Sharp House in Camden. We caper very high and love a good stick dance. We've been "dancing out" ie dancing for the public since April, and we do mostly Cotswold Morris. Our teacher is a bit like a mild mannered English Yoda (without the ears). I love it. I'm off to practise tonight in fact, and would be glad to lead you into the dance. The question is, how? What would you like to know? Which dances to start with, which traditions are which? Of course the best thing would be to meet with a fiddle player and I will teach you a jig. Then we could have a pint of cider! But since we are too geographically challenged for that, let me know how I can help and I would be glad to earn a story off you! x
At 5:03pm on November 2, 2009, Debs Newbold said…
How'd your Apple-gig go then, Dave? Mine was a riot! Although I had only the time to drink one pint of cider myself. I wrote an original tale for the evening concert in the end...but couldn't resist the giant apple/onion story for the kids in the afternoon. Ha!
At 11:59am on September 17, 2009, Debs Newbold said…
Thanks Dave! I really enjoyed that - it's a great tale. With your permission, I'll certainly be a-telling that one! Cheers! It'll be interesting to see if it works just as well with an apple; a really big onion is just such an inherently funny image, I think. Lets give it a go and compare notes. And do let me know if you are still short of material for Ely; I am still hunting round for stuff at the Vaughn Williams Library so if I find anything more I can pass it on to you. In the meantime, here's a big groaner: Why didn't the two worms baord Noah's Ark in an apple? 'cos you were only allowed on in pairs!
Oh dear........
Thanks again, kind Sir. Debs x
 
 
 

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