The Storytelling Festival
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Welcome to The Storytelling Festival – a fortnight of performances, workshops and activities for audiences and writers, celebrating the first year of our Write Now programme through the joy of storytelling.


We will be dusting off classics from the children’s literature shelf, with a selection of stories brought to life for stage and cinema, including a new production of There and Back Again – An Odyssey and a screening of Wes Anderson’s visionary adaptation of Roald Dahl’s beloved Fantastic Mr. Fox. Our very own Youth Theatre also make a splash with their production of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic The Little Mermaid and we have a festival special Saturday Storytime.

There is something for everyone, so join the celebrations – you may even find you have your own tale to tell…

Performances & Events

Writer's Voice Monday 10th April 7.30pm

Ellie's Extraordinary Adventure Monday 10th to Thursday 20th April (various times & library locations)

There and Back Again - An Odyssey Thursday 13th April 11am

Saturday Storytime Saturday 15th April 10.30am

Fantastic Mr Fox (PG) Saturday 15th April 2pm

The Little Mermaid Friday 21st & Saturday 22nd April 2pm & 7.30pm


Taking Part - Writing Workshops

Mark Lowery - Writing For Children Tuesday 11th April 10am-4pm CANCELLED

The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl Wednesday 12th April 11.30am-1pm

Adapting for the Stage Wednesday 12th April 6-8pm

Fairytales and Magical Monsters Tuesday 18th April 10-11am

Song Writing Wednesday 19th April 10am-12pm CANCELLED

The Little Mermaid Workshop & Behind-the-Scenes Tour Friday 21st April 12.30-1.45pm


Story Shuffle App: Launching as part of the festival you can access the Story Shuffle app at your local library and unlock the story of Sir Bevis of Hampton, contributed to by hundreds of children from local primary schools.


The Storytelling Festival is supported by

Artswork Without Strapline JPG       HEWEB B+W Amended