Saturday, 15 November 2014

Our top five picks for YARN Storytelling Festival 2014

Now in its fifth year the YARN Storytelling Festival Bray just keeps on growing with an eclectic and charming range of events for the 2014 festival, there's something for story lovers of all ages. 

Jack Lynch, curator of the 2014 programme and chairman of Storytellers of Ireland, says of the history of the YARN, "This oral art which predates the earliest forms of writing is an unerring human response to memorable experience. Tales have made their away across seas and down through centuries. And there are always new tales to be shared. We need to retrieve our own stories of community and family."

Launching today and running until the 23rd November, here are our top five must-see events. 
1. Discover Your Stories 
Date/Time: Sunday 16th November 11am 
Location: Mermaid Arts Centre
Price: €20 (including tea and pastries)

About: Everyone has stories…funny uncles, strange neighbours, weird cousins, near misses, tragic accidents, romances, ghosts, meetings with famous people…but most of us don’t realise just how many stories we have. This workshop will help you discover your stories and, when you’ve found them, the workshop will give you simple guidelines to help them come alive. We’ll do some relaxation and guided imagining. We’ll do some fun pretending. We will help and encourage one another. We will learn from one another. We’ll do some sharing in twos. We’ll do some sharing in the group. We will laugh, have a good time and we’ll learn a whole lot. So come along, bring your friends.
2. The Fairytales of Oscar Wilde
Date/Time: Sunday 16th November 4pm
Location: The Strand Hotel
Price: Free

About: Join Bray storyteller Philip Byrne as he takes us on a magical journey through his interpretation of the fairy tales of Oscar Wilde. What better location than in The Strand, where Wilde once lived, taking his inspiration from the wonderful surroundings. The stories are suitable for all ages so what better way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Afternoon tea available. Admission is free, thanks to the kind sponsorship of Finnegan’s Bus.
3. Lifestories - The Story so Far
Date/Time: Thursday 20th November 3pm
Location: Mermaid Arts Centre
Price: Free

About: A unique blend of music, theatre and improvisation inspired by recent work with older people in residential care, this project aims to bring to life memories, reflections and feelings of older people through humour, passion, energy and spontaneous music making. Klawitter’s Hedda Kaphengst and Rod Paton of Lifemusic confront directly issues involved in the aging process touching on meaning, significance, memory and loss.
4. A Feast of Folk Tales
Date/Time: Saturday 22nd November 8pm
Location: Mermaid Arts Centre
Price: €20

About: A highlight of YARN Storytelling Festival Bray. Jack Lynch is joined on stage by top class storytellers Suse Weisse and Pat Ryan for an evening of folk tale magic from around the world. Jack's store of traditional stories and his own scurrilous mix of tall tales have been festival favourites in the past. Suse Weiss travels to Mermaid from Germany, where she has a long-standing reputation as one of the country’s best tellers. Pat Ryan, originally from Chicago, brings over three decades of storytelling magic to Mermaid. A lip-smacking feast is guaranteed for all. 
5. Echoes of Home: The Solo Piano of Phil Coulter
Date/Time: Friday 21st November 8pm
Location: Mermaid Arts Centre
Price: €25

About: Up in that Pantheon inhabited by the biggest selling recording artists of all time in Ireland, rubbing shoulders with Bono and the boys, you might be surprised to bump into Phil Coulter. He has performed with everyone from James Galway and the London Symphony Orchestra to Nanci Griffith and The Blue Moon Orchestra, not to mention Henry Mancini, Elmer Bernstein and Quincy Jones. He has written at least four titles that can be added to the list of Great Irish Songs –The Town I Loved So Well, Ireland’s Call, Scorn Not His Simplicity and Steal Away. Phil will be joined by his special guest Geraldine Branagan for an unforgettable evening of music and song. 

For more information on the full YARN programme of events and to book tickets visit:

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