We are very excited that Shonaleigh will be coming to Devon to tell one of her Tellers, Tales and Traditions versions of the last of the gem cycle stories: The Sapphire Staff. 16 places only – THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT. You can put your name on a waiting list by contact charman.sue@gmail.com

The event runs from Friday evening – Sunday lunch time  2nd – 4th November and will take place just outside Totnes in a warm and comfortable venue. Food will be provided as part of the event and there are just 15 places.

Suggested donations are around £100 for the weekend, including food. If you are not local, there is a list of B & B accommodation within walking distance of the venue below and lifts from Totnes can be arranged/shared. email charman.sue@gmail.com for information and to book a place.

This is chance to hear a wonderful story but also have time, when Shonaleigh says “But that is another story for another time,” to reply “I’d like to hear that one now, please!” – as was the tradition with this oral story form. Shonaleigh will wander all over the lattice of stories on request and lead us back to the Sapphire Staff:

An ancient warlord is looking for three objects that will give him possession of all the kingdoms of the world.

The Sapphire Staff given to Adam at the beginning of the world, that can make the waters of the world part; the Snakeskin Cloak that smells of the Apples of the Garden of Eden; and the Book Of All Things which contains the song of the sun and the thoughts of the rain.  Only two people can stop him…

Join storyteller and tradition bearer Shonaleigh for a unique, immersive weekend of storytelling to experience a living, unbroken oral tradition.

The Druts’yla tradition has been passed down from grandmother to granddaughter by generations of Jewish women. Around 4000 tales are held within the mind and recalled on request. The Sapphire Staff is just part of one collection of stories from the tradition.

During the weekend, we the listeners will guide the journey through the interlinked tales, hearing stories possibly left untold for two generations.  We will also take time to discuss the tradition and the issues raised by the stories and explore how their wisdom can help us navigate life in the 21st Century, whatever our situation or beliefs.

Saturday night 3rd November 2018 7.30pm will be a standalone version of the story, which will be free to weekend attendees and for which there will be a limited number of extra tickets available for £7.50.


B & B and Airbnb accommodation:

Toad Hall  (100 yards)

Washwalk – Sue & John Hadow 01548 521204 (half a mile)

There are plenty of other B & Bs within a one to two mile drive – Google: Halwell, Blackawton, Moreleigh and Bickleigh Farm.


Events that have already taken place this year:

Oxford Storytelling Festival

The Red Alachigh programme at the festival is HERE


24 – 27 August 2018 (Bank Holiday weekend)


The Red Alachigh toured to Oxford for this exciting new festival

and held a whole programme of marvellous events over four days including story, song, crafts, workshops, sanctuary, meditation, poetry and ceremony. 20 women artists and facilitators offered journeys under the red skirts of the alachigh.

It was our furthest tour so far with the tent and worth every inch! The tent was packed throughout the three days and the feedback was fantastic.  Here are just a few photos from a heartwarming and inspirational festival:




























































Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September

The Red Alachigh had a very successful residency at Sands School in the heart of Ashburton. Three evening shows filled the tent with merriment, wild myth and wolf wisdom.  Cake and tea were consumed in large quantities and the tent glowed under summer skies. Thanks so much to our tellers: Janet Dowling (No Damsels in Distress); Shonaleigh (The Emerald Sea) and Bone Song (La Loba). Three evenings of story that wove a little more magic into the fabric of the tent.






































7th October: Sharpham Apple Day

The alachigh will be back at Sharpham hosting story, crafts and a celebration of the apple harvest.

Our full programme is below and this is a free event.

Read more about other activities on the day here.



The Red Alachigh

at Sharpham Apple Day

Programme of events

10.30am: Autumnal Crafts in the tent:

(All children must be accompanied to supervise use of scissors and needles). 

  • make a hedgerow hedgehog from teasels
  • string hawthorn and rowan berries into a bracelet or a necklace
  • write a winter wish onto a leaf in oak gall ink
  • string a communal garland of colourful autumn leaves

12.30 – 1.30: Lunch break

1.30: Storytelling with Lisa Schneidau – Tall Trees and Autumn Leaves

Stories for the turning of the year with tumbling leaves and dastardly deeds! 7+

2.15: Storytelling with Sue Charman: Atalanta and the three golden apples

A Greek myth about a huntress who could outrun almost everyone…. 7+

3.00: Storytelling with Ronnie Conboy – Harvest Stories – The Golden Apples of Youth and the Last Apple of Old Age. 7+

3.45: Harvest Celebration – join us to celebrate the harvest; make a wish for Winter and sing a short round to close the day

4pm: Close