Beyond the Border at Gwledd Food Festival

National Trust Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire. 22-23 June 2019.

A feast of storytelling is on offer as part of Gwledd, Dinefwr’s food festival this June.  At the height of midsummer, we celebrate many rich and delicious textures of traditional stories from across the world, featuring some of the UK’s most celebrated artists sharing tales to feed your imagination, body and soul.  Over the weekend, an impressive array of leading artists will be sharing stories on themes of food, feasting and midsummer, including Jan Blake, Michael Harvey, Daniel Morden, Clare Muireann Murphy, Phil Okwedy and Tamar Eluned Williams plus a few special international guests you won’t want to miss!

Timetable and full programme will be announced shortly.

Daytime programme runs in hour long slots:
11.30 – 12.30, 1pm – 2pm, 2.30 – 3.30pm, 4pm – 5pm

Day Programme is suitable for adults and children.

For young children aged 2-5 there is Stories in the Dark, and 5+ in the main room.

All daytime performances are included as part of the entry ticket into Dinefwr.

Dinefwr Entry prices:
Adult £7.90
Child £4.00
Family £22.00

NT Members part of membership fee.

Find out more –

Gwledd o Straeon – a Feast of Midsummer Stories,
Saturday 22 June, 7.30 – 9.30pm

On Saturday 22 June, at Midsummer, traditionally a time for celebration, fire and feasting, join six of the UK’s leading artists to savour a rich mix of stories which help us to mark the moment when the sun hangs high in the sky and light and dark are held in balance.

Suitable for ages 12+

Tickets additional to entry NT Dinefwr fee.
General Tickets £10
Under 18s and Senior Citizens £8.00

Limited seat capacity. Buy tickets online

Further information about Storytellers:

A stellar line up of brilliant storytellers from Wales and the UK!

Across the weekend:

Jan Blake:
As one of Europe’s leading storytellers, Jan Blake has been performing worldwide for over twenty-five years. Specialising in stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and Arabia, she has a well-earned reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling. Recent highlights include Hay Festival, where she was storyteller in-residence, the Viljandi Harvest Festival in Estonia and TEDx Warsaw.

As well as performing at all the major storytelling festivals both nationally and internationally, she works regularly with the British Council, leads storytelling workshops for emerging storytellers, and gives masterclasses for teachers, brands, and businesses. She also regularly captivates school children with mesmerising stories. In 2011, she was the recipient of the biannual Thüringer Märchen Preis, awarded to scholars or performers who have devoted their lives to the service of storytelling. As part of the World Shakespeare Festival in 2012, she was the curator for Shakespeare’s Stories, a landmark exhibition that explored themes of journey and identity, in conjunction with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

Michael Harvey:
tells stories from the world’s oral traditions to all ages. His repertoire is based in Wales and the other Celtic countries but he can’t resist a good story, wherever it’s from.  Michael’s work in community settings, in schools, in theatres, festivals, libraries, village halls, pubs, museums and galleries. He works solo and in collaboration with other artists and production companies. He trains storytellers and those who want to become storytellers and he trains teachers to use storytelling as a powerful tool for literacy and second language acquisition.

Michael’s work is rooted in Wales but he finds himself working throughout the UK and frequently in festivals abroad and in collaboration with other European artists. He collaborates with other performers from a variety of disciplines and countries to create new groundbreaking work for a range of audiences. Most of his work is in either Welsh or English, although he has occasionally told in French and Portuguese as well.

Daniel Morden:
Since 1989 Daniel Morden has travelled the world as a professional storyteller visiting arts centres, theatres, libraries, museums and festivals worldwide. He has told Welsh tales in St Donat’s and at St David’s, from the Arctic to the Pacific to the Caribbean. Daniel says “When I was young, children could walk to school by themselves. Every day as I walked I would make up a story, about myself, or Spiderman, or the Viking God Thor, or some strange character I had invented. When I reached school, if I hadn’t finished the story I would walk around the playground, muttering it under my breath. I had to know how the story ended, even though I was making it up.”

His first book, Weird Tales from the Storyteller, was published by Pont Books in November 2003 and was subsequently nominated for the Tir na N-Og Children’s Book Prize. Delighted with his first publication , he said “I wanted to write the kind of book I would have loved to read when I was young. I loved books where I was laughing and shuddering by turns.”

He is one of the UK’s most popular tellers of traditional stories, with a repertoire that ranges from The Iliad and The Odyssey performed with Hugh Lupton to his work for families fusing music and story with Oliver Wilson-Dickson. Daniel Morden and Hugh Lupton were awarded the 2006 Classical Association prize for ‘the most significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics’.

Daniel has conceived and presented numerous documentaries on storytelling for BBC Radio Wales. In 2007 he won the Tir na n-Og Award for Dark Tales from the Woods

Clare Muireann Murphy:
Clare is a storyteller, performer, teacher and consultant. From mainstage theatres to medieval round towers Clare has told tales for adults, teenagers, children, and families in more than 20 countries. Her work includes the political folkloric work such as her Syrian piece “The King of Lies” to playful pieces like UniVerse which explores where quantum physics, philosophy and mythology meet. Clare’s wide repertoire of stories includes traditional folklore to ancient mythology, to reportage to historical tales. She tells the story that is called for in each situation; from telling to the President of Ireland to performing at the Writers room of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Clare also performs at festivals, art centres, universities, public and private events, conferences and schools. She teaches storytelling and trains people in communication skills via The National Theatre’s TheatreWorks programme. She is a storyteller, performer, writer, dramaturg, curiosist, teacher, consultant, wanderer, wonderer and maker.

Phil Okwedy:
Phil tells stories that come from the richness of the world’s oral tradition. He tells stories that speak to him in the belief that they will speak to audiences too.  Having been a teacher, Phil is at ease telling stories to children of all ages but is equally passionate about reacquainting adult audiences with storytelling.

In 2010 Phil became a trainee of the  MYTHOS-Grundtvig project, a partnership of 5 international storytelling festivals providing and exchanging training of storytelling techniques and methods. He has told stories in schools, libraries, pubs, golf clubs, storytelling clubs, roundhouses, yurts, tepees and at festivals in Aberystwyth, Sweden, Denmark, Greece, as well as at Wales’ own international storytelling festival, Beyond the Border held bi-annually at St Donats Castle, Glamorgan.

Tamar Eluned Williams:
Tamar is an award-winning storyteller who tells stories in Welsh and English. She creates story performances and workshops for schools, museums, festivals and theatres across South Wales and further afield, and is one half of the Greenbank Hags, who produce and curate STORYPUB in Bristol.

She was awarded the national Young Storyteller of the Year Award in 2013 and the Gwobr Esyllt Harker Award in 2016.

Plus special international guest storytellers (to be confirmed)

And Marion Leaper will be sharing Stories in the Dark, a unique experience for children age 2 – 5 and their families, including sessions for children with special needs.  Dive inside the magical story tent and find out who stole the darkness, why the sun and the moon are high and dry in the sky and how three monkeys came to be in a canoe!

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