Programme

The Red Alachigh at the Oxford Storytelling Festival
24 – 27 August 2018 (Bank Holiday weekend)

 

We have a rich, varied, exciting and inspiring programme of story, song, poetry, workshops, ceremony, music, dance and quiet space at this new festival. Tickets are available here and cover the whole event, parking and camping. The tent is open to women, men and young people. There are age restrictions on performances and two events on Sunday are women only, otherwise the tent is open to all.

Visit: www.oxfordstorytellingfestival.co.uk

Some final details will be added shortly.

Friday 24 August
6.00pmBlessing the Tent
(Ceremony)
Maggi Squire, Lisa Schneidau & Sue CharmanJoin us to open sacred space in the tent and honour the land.

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Red Alachigh council members Lisa & Sue with Maggi on gong

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14+
8.30pmCailleach at the Edge of the World
(Story)
Tracy ChipmanThe Outer Hebrides speaks wild wisdom and the old ways…

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Tracy Chipman stepped onto the storytelling path over 20 years ago under an Oregon hazel tree and has never looked back.
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12+
50 mins
9.30pmEarth Dreaming
(Workshop)
Jackie SingerGuided visualisation to dream a better world into being

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Jackie is a storyteller, musician and shamanic practitioner from Oxford. Website.10+ (Bring a torch)
Saturday 25 August
9.00amGONG: early morning sound meditationMaggi SquireMeditate with sounds of Gongs and singing bowls.

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Maggi is a visual artist, myth and mask-dancer, gong practitioner and performer.
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14+
10.00amMyth in the land of our bodies
(Workshop)
Lindsay McleodAn opportunity to experience ways of listening to our bodies as they respond to the stories they’re hearing and to glean vital information from our souls. Myth is the land speaking, and our bodies are our own unique patch of the land.

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Reverer of bodies and story carrier, exploring myth, land and body.

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All ages. 7+ accompanied.
11.00amStories from Nowhere
(Workshop)
Rozalie HiltonInstant narrative generators! Devices to stimulate imagination and access ideas.

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Rozalie is a playful arts facilitator and workshop leader

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18+. 6+ accompanied. 90 mins.
12.30pmQuiet SpaceHeld by RozalieA chance to sit under the red skirts of the Alachigh in peaceful silence.20 mins14+
1.00pmQuiet SpaceHeld by LisaA chance to sit under the red skirts of the Alachigh in peaceful silence.50 mins14+
2.00pmImagining Landscape
(Workshop)
Sara HurleyA story-making workshop creating a series of images to tell the story.

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Sara is the pedal power behind ‘Isabella’s Story Bicycle’, a form of street storytelling inspired by Japanese kamishibai. 18+. 9+ accompanied. 1hr 45 mins.

4.00pmLadies Green and Dancing - Three Stories
(Story)
Helen WalesTales exploring what can happen if we step off that beaten path.

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Helen is a storyteller from Cardiff who tells regularly in and around the South Wales area.
14+
5.00pmMy Other Poems Are Funnier - rhymes from the road to realness.
(Poetry)
Beryl the FeralPerformance poet Beryl brings a quirky set from her latest book.

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Beryl runs her own poetry stage, teaches poetry through a social prescribing scheme, and is published by Burning Eye Books.
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16+
6.00pmMoon Bird Woman
(Mask Dance)
Maggi SquireA Mask Dance of layers of deep longing for earth.

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Maggi is a visual artist, myth and mask-dancer, gong practitioner and performer.
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14+ 30 mins
7.00pmThe Story of the Red Tent
Sue Charman and Lisa SchneidauWho were the first women of the Red Tent and what did they do? A discussion around the story of the Red Tent and some modern interpretations.

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Sue is an occasional storyteller who loves myths, particularly the old ones...
Lisa Schneidau is a storyteller and conservationist living on Dartmoor.
14+
8.00pmThe Grasshopper of Fate
(Story)
Sharon JackstiesAn auspicious birth, or a cursed child? Touching the absurd overcomes the impossible....

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Sharon Jacksties has been telling traditional tales of wonder and delight for over 25 years. 13+
9.30pmWe are the mythmakers
(Poetry & Music)
Magita SpaceWolfEarthy, ethereal soundscapes with hang drum, shruti and voice combined with sensual love poems.

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Growing up in a secluded woodland in Poland, Magita was gifted an introduction to story and song.
Sunday 26 August
9.00amQuiet SpaceHeld by SueBegin the day meditatively in silence in the Red Alachigh with flute music playing.Women only.50 mins.
10.00amSerakh – from young seeker to wise seer
(Story)
Adele MossReappears in every generation to bring answers, insight and hope.

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Adele Moss – Jewish storyteller, connecting people across cultures, faiths, generations and communities.12+
40 mins
11.00amMidwifing the wild
(Workshop)
Rebecca SmartThere is a wild girl who wears a tattered hood. But if you have the eyes to notice, you might see a crown.

How do we behold our wild self? A workshop for women to dive into a story which connects us to the wild feminine, and the art of beholding.

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Rebecca works as a storyteller and arts psychotherapist.Women only. 16+. 1 hour 15 mins.
12.30pmQuiet SpaceHeld by RebeccaA chance to sit quietly under the skirts of the Red Alachigh for a moment of sanctuary.20 mins14+
1.00pmQuiet SpaceHeld by SueA chance to sit quietly under the skirts of the Red Alachigh for a moment of sanctuary.50 mins14+
2.00pmSeal Woman: weaving the wild feminine
(Story)
Stacia KeoghStacia tells a classic Selkie tale; a second story of an injured seal mother and one of Duncan Williamson's Tales of the Seal People.

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Stacia is a storyteller & drama practitioner featuring regularly at story clubs, festivals, libraries, educational establishments, theatres and public events.12+
3.00pmWild Earth; Wild Women
(Story)
Abbie SimmondsSongs and stories about what it really means to be a woman in traditional tales.

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Abbie is a storyteller from Sussex with a love of songs and stories that offer insight into the complex experience of being a woman in the world – then and now. 12+ Babes in arms very welcome.
4.00pmGenesis
(Story)
Cindylou Turner-TaylorTales of sexual awakening, the glorious rise to womanhood.

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Cindylou tells stories that connect real lives with ancient tales.16+
5.00pmThe Goose Girl
(Story)
Sara HurleyA Grimm’s story of old queens, new queens, blood, betrayal, geese and talking horses.

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Sara is a storyteller, facilitator and community artist with story at the heart of her work.10+
6.00pmMisfortune
(Story)
Helen WalesA retelling of the classic Italian folk tale ‘Sfortuna’.

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Helen is a storyteller from Cardiff who tells regularly in and around the South Wales area.14+
7.00pmShahrazad and the King
(Story)
Lisa SchneidauHow one woman changed the mind of a King through story.

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Lisa is a storyteller and conservationist from Devon.16+
9.30pmPoetry by Candlelight
(Poetry)
Deborah Gearing
(with Sue Charman)
My Name is Joan* adult subject matter

Poems and dramatic monologues sparked by archive research.

Trees. Sudden sunlight. Voices. Poems grown out of meetings with trees.

Sue will weave in poems in celebration of trees, the voices of women in myth and maybe some moon musings.

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Deborah is a playwright; writing mentor; community projects facilitator/director; mother; daughter.

Sue is just developing her poetry and is delighted to have this chance to share the stage with Deborah.
10.30pmClosing blessing
(Ceremony)
Sue Charman, Maggi Squire, Lisa Schneidau
Peace Gong, gratitude, libationRed Alachigh council members Lisa & Sue with Maggi on gong14+