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  2014 Storytelling Workshop on Cape Clear Island


Saturday, October 25 - Monday, October 27, 2014


 STORYTELLER IN RESIDENCE: Daniel Morden is one of the UKs leading exponents in the art of storytelling. For 25 years he has delighted audiences all over the world at story telling festivals including those in Vancouver, Oslo and Yukon. In the UK he has been seen at The Hay Festival as well as Beyond The Border, Bath and Cheltenham festivals. In London he has performed at venues from the Barbican and National Theatre to the British Museum. The award-winning, Abergavenny-based storyteller has also worked on TV and radio and published books for both children and adults. His website:


THE CRAFT OF THE STORYTELLER:  A workshop for storytellers with some experience. The old stories can still charm, chill and thrill us today. But what to tell to whom? What are the storytelling challenges presented by a trick tale? a myth? a fairy tale? an epic?  In this lively, interactive workshop, Daniel will discuss a range of tale types and strategies to help you prepare to tell them. Participants will have the chance to tell and hear a wealth of stories across the weekend, from awful jokes to solemn myths. It is likely that everyone will leave with at least one new story to share with others after the course. Songs will be sung! Games will be played! Friends will be made! a most convivial time will be had, in magical surroundings. 


INSTRUCTION TIME: c. 15 hours instruction. Sessions start Sat. promptly at 10:00, end at 1:00, begin again at 2:00, end at 5:00. That evening: optional stories/music from c. 9:00 - 11:00. On Sun. the same schedule will be followed, but then there will be a dinner in an island restaurant or home from c. 6:30 – 10:00 (at own expense). On Monday instruction time runs from 9:00 - 12:00, & then there will be an optional afternoon storytelling walk from 1:00 - whenever.


Open to all but limited to c. 15: A fun yet heuristic opportunity for aspiring storytellers, practicing storytellers, teachers of all levels, librarians, social workers, politicians, actors, priests, publicans….

COST: €130 for course plus a non-refundable €40 registration fee (limited scholarship available); accommodation (room & full board) varies with place of residence. Self-catering facilities, hostel, B&B, camping. Lunches Sat. & Sun. are served at cost in The Bullig House (Euro 7.00 each) and a special banquet for all held Sunday night will also be extra, price (and location) yet to be determined.

Ferry: Take the ferry for Cape Clear from Baltimore’s main pier at 11:00 a.m. or 5:30 p.m. on Friday, October 24. We’ll welcome & orient you at the pier. Leave Tuesday morning on 7:15 or 9:00am boat (or on Mon. afternoon at 4:00 if you must be at work early Tues. morning). (Ferry number: 086 3465110)

Please note: Bring hiking boots, torch (flashlight), rain gear. Since The Bullig House (a no-smoking dwelling) will be the main venue for the workshop, please bring slippers for use in the house.

Questions? Contact Chuck Kruger, Glen West, Cape Clear Island, Co. Cork, Ireland, (028) 39157;

Email:; Website: . Info on the International Storytelling Festival: ; info on the island:

Accommodation: Free of charge would be to camp on our farm. Next would be Cape Clear Holiday Hostel at +41968. B&B’s: Eileen Leonard at +39160, Mary O'Driscoll at +39153. Self-catering houses: Mary O'Driscoll, +39153; Margaret O’Driscoll, +39109. If you decide to come to the storytelling workshop, please send a cheque to Chuck Kruger for €40, which covers the registration. (The tuition may be paid during the workshop itself.) Add equivalent of €3 if you are paying in a foreign currency, as bank charges for conversion are high (personal dollar checks also acceptable).

email:   telephone: 028 41923