Kirsty Hartsiotis: storyteller and writer
Kirsty Hartsiotis: storyteller and writer

Diary: special events

Talk: A Beautiful Book! William Morris's Kelmscott Chaucer

Thursday 19 July

The Wilson, Cheltenham


6pm. Discover the story behind William Morris’s last masterpiece, the Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, and his collaboration with his great friends Emery Walker, who helped him set up his Kelmscott Press, and Edward Burne-Jones, who provided 87 illustrations for the book. Part of our ‘Star Object’ talk series. Price includes glass of wine/soft drink and nibbles. Booking is essential.


Talk: Real or Fake? A Pewter Controversary

THursday 19 April

The Wilson, Cheltenham


6pm. Part of A Window into The Wilson’s ‘Star Object’ series. The Wilson holds a fine collection of 17th and 18th century pewter, given by Cheltenham antiques dealer, Bertie Isher. One piece has long been considered a clever 20th century fake – but discover the new evidence that shows that it may in fact date back to 1660. Price includes glass of wine/ soft drink and nibbles. Booking is essential.

Talk: Ceramics from China

Thursday 15 February

The Wilson, Cheltenham


6pm. Part of A Window into The Wilson’s ‘Star Object’ series. The Wilson boasts a collection of Chinese ceramics that spans more than 2000 years! Find out more about the collection, their collector, Stanley Berkeley Smith and our continuing links with China with curator Kirsty Hartsiotis. Price includes glass of wine/ soft drink and nibbles. Booking essential.


Talk: Enchanted Cotswold Country: John Drinkwater and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Tuesday 13 February

Dursley Town Hall


7.30pm. Discover the story of Dymock poet John Drinkwater, who had links with the Arts and Crafts Movement from his early days as a playwright in Birmingham, through to his time living in Far Oakridge, near Stroud, during the First World War.


Stroud Out Loud Imbolc Showcase

Sunday 4 February

Little Vic, Queen Victoria, Stroud


7.30pm. A charity cabaret raising funds for Baby Check Bath featuring the golden-voiced Madeleine Harwood, the Bard of Hawkwood; mischief from A Cup of Tentacles (Nimue & Tom Brown); sensational storytellers Fiona Eadie, Anthony Nanson & Kirsty Hartsiotis; and sublime songs and poetry from Jehanne & Rob Mehta; and more! Limited floor spots (arrive early, performers without text preferred). Raffle. Licensed bar. Kevan: 01453 763703.

For National Storytelling Week


An Evening of Stories

Tuesday 30 January

Swindon Central Library


7pm. Once upon a time, on a chilly winter night, four fabulous storytellers came to the warm and cosy Reading Room in a prize-winning central library to tell prize-winning tales from far and wide, for you, for him, for her, and for everyone. Kirsty will be telling tales alongside John Row, Chris Park and Kathy Sterry - and MC Matt Holland. For National Storytelling Week.

Talk: Ghosts in the Stones: Supernatural Tales of Gloucestershire

Friday 26 January

Wotton Civic Centre


7.30pm. Kirsty will be delving into the dark, secret histories of Gloucestershire’s ghosts, who are lurking out there in the countryside and hidden in the buildings of the towns and cities of the county. This talk explores some of the county's supernatural tales, and the stories, personalities and histories behind them.


Mid-Winter Revels

Saturday 13 January

Subscription Rooms, Stroud


7pm. Stroud storytellers Kirsty Hartsiotis and Anthony Nanson will be part of the traditional festivities – the Wassail Bowl, the Boar’s Head Carol, mummers plays, song and comedy, and ceilidh dancing for all. A kind of medieval cabaret party. Part of the Stroud Wassail.


Talk: The Fairies of Hackpen Hill and Other Wiltshire Folk Tales

Wednesday 10 January

Church Hall, Chiseldon


7.45pm. This talk looks at a selection of folk tale collectors over the centuries in Wiltshire, including Geoffrey of Monmouth, John Aubrey and Alfred Williams, and how their stories have evolved over time - and how we can tell them today.



Diary: regular events

Third Monday of the month
8pm, The Raven, Bath
A community-based group of oral storytellers, performance poets and folk singers. We celebrate and promote the modern practice of an ancient oral tradition, through story, poetry and song - and plenty of drink! Entry free. Contact: David Metcalfe 01225 789439
Dates for 2018:  15 Jan, 19 Feb, 19 Mar, 16 April, 21 May, 18 June, 16 July, 20 Aug, 17 Sept, 15 October, 19 Nov, 17 Dec

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