Storytellers of Ireland present a unique evening event as part of a province wide celebration of World Storytelling Day.
10 Storytellers from across Ireland tell their own unique 10 minute tale.
Kate Murphy is a storyteller, facilitator and writer who lives and works in Portrush, Co Antrim. She is a founder member of Portrush Heritage Group and has a keen interest in the history, language, myths and legends of the North Antrim coast, especially those associated with place names. A member of the Storytellers of Ireland, Kate tells stories regularly in schools and libraries, to groups of adults and children and has led numerous workshops in storytelling, reminiscing and writing. She has also been a contributor to Radio Ulster and to Radio Foyle for whom she has written and broadcast stories.
Nandi Jola- a Mental Health Advocate, has been a cleaner, singer, actress, dancer, activist, poet and a mother. Throughout her life, she has battled a broken childhood, marriage, health, determined to do what she always believed in - to write. www.nandijproject.com.
Joe Brennan, originally from Wexford and now living in Donegal, has captivated audiences across Ireland and beyond with his enchanting storytelling. His book ‘Donegal Folk Tales', published last year, is the current Read Donegal book, which will see it being read by over a thousand students and adults across the county. He has featured in many festivals including Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival. Joe has also told stories in USA, Iceland, Belgium, Norway, India, Egypt, Austria, Romania and England.
"Prepare to be enchanted by tonight's storyteller. Joe Brennan...has a fund of stories that charm, excite and stretch credulity". Anita Robinson, ‘Derry News'.
Frances Quinn is an actor and storyteller. She tells stories to all age groups and has made a cd of and performed the Cúchulainn Saga in England, Ireland and the USA. Her book Armagh Folk Tales is published this month. Photo Lorcan Doherty
Doreen McBride is a storyteller from County Down with an international reputation. She has taken part in many festivals both here and abroad and was awarded a silver medal by the University of South Carolina, Sumpter Campus for her services as Storyteller in Residence in 1993.
Storytelling is in Doreen's blood as she listened to tall tales at her grandmother's knee inheriting a rich family tradition of storytelling. She has collected a wide range of folklore and is a much sought-after teller of tales to adult audiences and to children. She is a well-known broadcaster, lecturer, teacher and author as well as being an imaginative storyteller. At present Doreen is engaged on the research required to write ‘Folk Tales of County Louth.'
Bernadette Layden's love of storytelling stems from her childhood in rural Fermanagh during the 1950s, a time when people whiled away the nights chatting around the fireside with the neighbours who called on their ceili. Bernadette draws mainly on the tales of laughter, ghosts and fairies, tall tales and the downright ridiculous. Bernadette tells stories to both children and adults. She has worked in schools on both sides of the border and in day care centres, the Ulster American Folk Park, Ulster folk and Transport Museum, Enniskillen Museum etc. Bernadette is also a local historian and has worked on history projects in schools and with reminiscence groups for the elderly and with Action Mental Health.
Declan Forde writes, illustrates and has performed his original stories, songs and poems at Festivals all over Ireland including the Charles Macklin School in Donegal, the Fiddlers Green Festival in Rostrevor, the Carlton Summer School in Clogher, the Fiddlestone Festival in Fermanagh, the Ben Kiely Weekend in Tyrone, the Teachers Club, Dublin and the Bard of Armagh amongst others.
He has taught Creative Writing and Irish Art history in West Virginia as part of the famous Irish Week in Elkins and also in Pendleton, Oregon.
Declan has broadcast his work on RTE, BBC and Downtown Radio. He has presented a series on BBC Radio Foyle entitled Sweet Omey Town, also A Sense Of Place featuring the late Seamus Heaney and Tall Tales and Musical Notes, a look into the world of the Irish music session featuring Ben and Colum Sands and Mick Moloney.
County Tyrone is an area redolent with tradition and Forde's work reflects this. His poems, songs and stories all emanate from the ceili-house tradition, when friends and neighbours would visit and spend an evening gathered around the hearth swapping local news and telling tales. His stories celebrate the life and times of the people from the Sperrin Mountains in Tyrone where he lives happy and content.
Patsy has been telling stories for children for the last 22 years. She is also a community dramatist, with a speciality in theatre work with vulnerable adults. She has worked all over Ireland with various organisations in Belfast, Derry~Londonderry, Sligo, Dublin and many more. She is also an accomplished musician, and her music plays an important part in enhancing her storytelling.
Madeline McCully was a teacher for several years and has won several major awards from publishers, broadcasters and Arts Council N.I for writing and performing stories. She has performed at family conferences all over Europe and once in Nigeria. Madeline toured the east and west coast of USA telling and gathering stories.
She has taken part is several festivals in her native city, telling folk tales, original stories, myths and legends of Ireland and other countries. She sings and plays autoharp and delights in bringing music into her stories.
She is a member of Foyle Yarnspinners and Storytellers of Ireland and has facilitated Storytelling Projects in schools, prison, and hospitals and latterly for people recovering from trauma, physical and political, in Ireland. She was a keynote speaker at an international education conference in Boston and was invited to take part in a festival in University of California. Madeline has told stories to all ages in museums, libraries, prisons, theatres and heritage centres etc.
She has broadcast and has had her stories read several times for BBC Radio Ulster, Highland Radio, Downtown Radio, Inishowen community Radio and Drive 105fm.
She has had three of her plays performed within the last few years and as she says, "Storytellers are basically talented actors."
In 2001 she and two colleagues won a Commedia Award from the Millennium Commission for the website, www.derryghosts.com.
She travels and enjoys collecting stories from other places and countries.
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