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Ipswich Mansion House Museum and Gallery

 

 

I've been telling here to day and all week and you can find out a bit more by clicking…

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Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on May 31, 2011 at 2:06pm — No Comments

The Yarnsmith on Google Maps

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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Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on March 9, 2011 at 3:58pm — 1 Comment

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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Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on February 27, 2011 at 10:45am — No Comments

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

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on February 27, 2011 at 10:40am — No Comments

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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Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on January 26, 2011 at 10:36am — No Comments

No Tale to Tell - A new story on my story blog

The nights are drawing in and so its time for all us storytellers to turn our attention to those darker, Devilish tales like the one that I've just this day set down on my story blog...



http://talesfromtheyarnsmith.blogspot.com/2010/09/no-tale-to-tell.html



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Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on September 27, 2010 at 1:00pm — 2 Comments

The Bishops Palace, Wells & Thornborough Bridge

I've just returned from a busy two weeks of intinerant storytelling in the South West of England, where not only did I attract a swarm of bees, but I came across some stories scoured into the stonework of a medieval bridge. The two posts are on my Itinerant Storyteller blog at both....



http://theyarnsmith.blogspot.com/2010/06/bishops-palace-wells-and-newark-castle.html…



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Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on June 11, 2010 at 6:24pm — No Comments

The King of Hearts Centre for the Arts

Last Friday week I was telling Tudor tales at the King of Hearts Art Centre in Norwich. A fantastic Tudor building and sadly the only venue to reguarly put on storytelling events in the City. To learn something of this building simply click here....

Dave the Yarnsmith

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on March 23, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

The Merry Monk

I've just returned from working at Colchester Castle Museum in Essex where I have been busy telling medieval tales all week. Five sessions a day with over fifty people at each session. It was a popular event and was planned to run along side a temporary exhibition of medieval artifacts at the castle. In particular a carved corbel of a very merry monk caught my eye and I've written about it on my … Continue

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on February 19, 2010 at 3:40pm — 1 Comment

Of the Miller who Stole the Nuts.

I really love silly tales and this is one of my favourites. I suppose you might call it a farce of sorts. A farce where all the characters are nuts! Just click here to go to my story blog...

Dave

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on January 12, 2010 at 2:44pm — No Comments

Story blog updated

I have just added an adaptation of one of Aesop's fables on my story blog. It's one I always include in my halloween story sessions. Just go to http://talesfromtheyarnsmith.blogspot.com/2009/11/of-knight-and-widow.html

I hope you enjoy it!

Dave the Yarnsmith

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on November 9, 2009 at 4:59pm — No Comments

My dairy updated

As some of you will know, I have been keeping a diary on another blog site telling of the places I have told at this year. The idea being that I have a written record for myself,family and friends. I visit some wonderful sites, but am often too busy to really look around and the blog was supposed to force me into making time for each place. Although in truth I have been very busy telling and created a bit of a rod for my own back, writing blogs when I should be going through new stories! For… Continue

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on September 16, 2009 at 2:28pm — No Comments

A riddle from Sherwood Forest or anywhere else for that matter!

Like many storytellers I like to add a riddle or two to my sessions to add a bit of interest. They are particularly good when waiting for a crowd to arrive. I often use them to set up a particular tale and as a means for an audience to 'earn a story. If they get the riddle right, they get a story or two. If they cannot answer the riddle, they must stay behind till the end, help me pack up and carry all my skins, tent and other stuff back to… Continue

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on July 17, 2009 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

Not all stories are for children!

A ribald French fabliaux awaits you on my story blog. Just click HERE.....

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on June 16, 2009 at 9:35am — No Comments

The Diary of an Itinerant Storyteller

This year I am keeping a diary/blog of all the venues I'm telling at this year. Its called...
The Diary of an Itinerant Storyteller
Its just been updated with trips to the British Museum, a Medieval fayre, a Castle and an Elizabethan Manor House. Fell free to check it out...

Dave the Yarnsmith

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on May 19, 2009 at 8:49am — No Comments

The Trickster in Tales

I cannot be sure, but i think most cultures in the world at different times have told trickster tales. Certainly in European culture the trickster served an important role. The trickster for all his wrong doings served to show up the vice, greed, foolishness and hypocrisy of others. More often than not, the vice, greed, foolishness and hypocrisy of the 'great and the good' who were suppose to be running things for the benefit of all, but who more often than not were only looking after… Continue

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on April 24, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

I've got you!

I've spent an hour or so browsing many of the members pages here on professional Storyteller. In particular reading tellers profiles, seeing what they do, whilst hopefully gleaning a little of their histories. Finding out what brought them to storytelling... And it made me a think a little more about my journey. Only in that I came to telling by a happy accident. Prior to working with Stewart Alexander, a teller of many years standing, I knew nothing of storytelling as an art form. I remember… Continue

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on April 20, 2009 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

The Journey....

Some of the tales I tell are taken from geste books of the sixteenth century. Very short stories and some no more than elaborate jokes really. In many of the collections they appear as anecdotes; one or two paragraphs at most. But this of course affords the storyteller a great deal of license to rework the tale as he or she wants; working their way towards the obscure Tudor punchline. The story can develop in many different ways whilst still remaining true to the earlier plot (Such as it is)… Continue

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on April 6, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Welcome to my world... & the devil take you!

Hello to all!



I am Dave Tonge, The Yarnsmith of Norwich, A teller of tales for about eight years now who specializes in English tales (Although there is no such thing really!) I have three other blogs on Blogger that can be accessed via this site. Two are about different aspects of my storytelling; about where I tell and examples of some of my stories. The third is about history, in particular the history of the lower orders; people like me!



So I'm not sure what I shall… Continue

Added by Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' on March 23, 2009 at 7:00am — No Comments

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