Kirsty Hartsiotis: storyteller, writer, speaker
Kirsty Hartsiotis: storyteller, writer, speaker

Diary: special events

Tales for the Turning Year with Fiona Eadie

Sunday 20 December


4pm.  A winter's afternoon of seasonal storytelling. Since humans first gathered together, stories have been told to bring hope, light and laughter to this dark time of the year. So, kindle the fire, find a comfortable seat and prepare to set your imagination alight. Suitable for all aged 5 to 105. Storytellers will include Fiona Eadie, Kelvin Hall, Kirsty Hartsiotis, Austin Keenan and Ariane Olner. Tickets via Ticket Tailor. 

Christmas Ghosts: the Tradition of Winter Tales

Wednesday 9 December


7pm. We've told supernatural stories at midwinter for a very long time. This talk by storyteller and writer Kirsty Hartsiotis goes back to the earliest winter tales from the medieval world and beyond, discovering the ghosts, creatures and revenants who haunt the dark of the year. Tickets via Eventbrite.

Arts and Crafts stained glass

Tuesday 1 December

ONLINE TALK - Museum in the Park, Stroud via Zoom 3.30pm. By far the most common type of Arts and Crafts work in our churches is stained glass. Starting with one of the most ground-breaking schemes, Gloucester Cathedral’s Lady Chapel by Christopher Whall, 1899, we’ll explore the works of local designers such as Henry Payne and Paul Woodroffe, and look, too, at some of the female artists of the Movement who excelled in glass, such as Theodora Salusbury, Caroline Townshend and Veronica Whall.

Fairys, Shucks and Dragons: the fabulous in Suffolk's folk tales

Wednesday 18 November


7pm. Let Kirsty Hartsiotis take you on a journey around the fantastical folklore of Suffolk - from fairies to dragons to wildmen! This talk explores the county's hidden world of green children and wildmen, of saints, mermaids and tricksy fairy folk who haunt Suffolk's land- and townscapes. Tickets via Eventbrite.

A national style in our churches

Tuesday 17 November

ONLINE TALK - Museum in the Park, Stroud via Zoom

3.30pm. Arts and Crafts became the dominant style in architecture around the turn of the century. This talk will explore some of the other designers and architects of the Movement who worked in Gloucestershire. Some are local, like Thomas Falconer of Amberley, some moved to the area like John Coates Carter and Charles Bateman, and some were nationally famous figures like Charles Nicholson, Henry Wilson and firms like the Bromsgrove Guild.

Arts & Crafts Movement WWI Memorials in Gloucestershire

Monday 16 November

ONLINE TALK - for Friends of The Wilson via ZOOM

10:30am. Gloucestershire has an unusual concentration of war memorials by Arts and Crafts Movement designers, ranging from memorial crosses, stained glass windows and more practical memorials like water troughs.  Discover the stories, the trials and the tribulations of commemorating the war dead with Kirsty Hartsiotis. 

‘Memorials of These Dark Days’: Art and Crafts First World War memorials in the Cotswolds

Thursday 12 November

ONLINE TALK - for the Churches Conservation Trust via Facebook

1pm. The Cotswolds have an unusual number of Arts and Crafts memorials, due, in part, to the architects and designers who had settled in the county from the 1890s onwards. This talk will feature designers such as Ernest Gimson, Henry Payne, Edwin Lutyens and F. L. Griggs with a rich array of memorials from church and town alike, crosses to stained glass to water troughs – and all the attendant local politics in erecting them!

Sapperton and Chipping Campden designers 

Tuesday 3 November

ONLINE TALK - Museum in the Park, Stroud via Zoom

3.30pm. Gloucestershire became the home of several Arts and Crafts Movement designers, focussed around Ernest Gimson and the Barnsley brothers in Sapperton, and C. R. Ashbee’s Guild of Handicraft in Chipping Campden. This talk tackles the church works of these groups, and how they responded to their new Cotswold homes. Churches include: St. Edward’s, Kempley, Rodborough Little Chapel, Saintbury and Chalford.

Ghosts in the Stones: Supernatural Tales in Gloucestershire

Wednesday 21 October


7pm. Discover Gloucestershire's supernatural side, and explore the counties ghosts from prehistoric spooks to royal wraiths and black dogs. This talk by Kirsty Hartsiotis, storyteller and co-author of Gloucestershire Ghost Tales, explores some of the country's scariest spooks, and delves into the stories and histories behind them. Tickets via Eventbrite.

Introducing Arts and Crafts in churches

Tuesday 20 October

ONLINE TALK - Museum in the Park, Stroud via Zoom 

3.30pm. Did you know that one of the very first church schemes by William Morris’s firm is near Stroud? Discover how Morris & Co. changed the course of church furnishing in England, and how the next generation of Arts and Crafts designers revolutionised church design. With a particular focus on Brockhampton, just over the border in Herefordshire, perhaps the finest Arts and Crafts church in Britain.

Stroud Imagines Open Mic Night

Wednesday 16 September


7.30pm. This is an opportunity to share our own vision for Stroud. It could be for Stroud District, your local community, your street, or just for you and your neighbour. What would you like to see in your street, or in your local area? Come and listen to inspiring speakers, including Kirsty, talking about their vision for Stroud and the surrounding areas.

Book Launch: Gloucestershire Folk Tales for Children

Saturday 5 September


6pm. How do you survive a mermaid’s curse? Where lurks the immortal cat? Who cooks old boots in a stew? Is treasure really buried down under May Hill?

Join storytellers Anthony Nanson and Kirsty Hartsiotis for the launch of their new book, Gloucestershire Folk Tales for Children and find out the answers to some of these questions! Anthony and Kirsty will be sharing tales and answering questions on these tales from forest, vale and high blue hill.

Register on eventbrite!


Saturday 22 August

Zoom live stream

12pm - 10.30pm. A day of diverse voices celebrating the living Bardic Tradition in the British Isles and beyond. Join us to be entertained and stimulated by our inspiring line-up of poets, storytellers, musicians, and speakers. After each slot there will be a chance to discuss, make comments, and ask questions.

Donations invited to Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and the Trussell Trust. Contact Kevan at for details on how to join.


Folk Tales from the Chalk

Thursday 16 July

Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (Facebook/YouTube live stream)

11am. Lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties vividly told by storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis. Part of a series of events in our Coombe Bissett Down Chalk Celebration Week. Join us for elevenses on Facebook and YouTube for a FREE live-stream.

Bedtime stories

Tuesday 9 June

Wednesday 17 June

Tuesday 30 June

Faerie & Fae World (UK)

7pm. Join Kirsty Hartsiotis for a twenty minute bedtime story - it might be about trees, about cats - or even a firebird! Magical stories for all! Watch again on Facebook.


Friday 5 June

Somerset Storyfest

11am. Join Gloucestershire storyteller Kirsty for tales of mighty girls and women who can fix things from Africa, Greece – and England

Expect goblins, elephants, cows where they really shouldn’t be … and strawberries out of season. Stories galore! Watch now!


Sea Dragons and Devil's Toenails

Friday 29 May

Museum in the Park, Stroud

Storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis dives into the prehistoric seas and lands around Britain to tell tales of the fantastical creatures that lived here before us and reveals the tall stories that people have created about them over the centuries.  From the Loch Ness monster to petrified snakes what creatures are lurking there beneath our feet?

Greek Tales

Wednesday 6 May

World Storytelling Cafe

6pm. Kirsty's delighted to announce she's going to be debuting on the World Storytelling Cafe! She'll be joining many other storytellers in sharing tales from home in this strange time. She's chosen to do a set of Greek folk tales - so expect nereids, dhrakoi ... and mice.

Welsh Tales and Tunes
Saturday 2 May

Christian Arts Festival, Cheltenham

2pm-11pm.  Kirsty and Chantelle are taking part in this year's Christian Arts Festival in Cheltenham with a set of Welsh saints tales and beautiful tunes on the harp. Living Room Fest wants to pour hope, joy and fun into people’s homes. It'll be available to view on YouTube after the event.


The Lost Words of Swindon and Wiltshire 

Tuesday 12 May

Swindon Central Library

7pm. Join us as we embark on a very special journey inspired by the wonderful Lost Words book by Robert MacFarlane and Jackie Morris. Narrated through music, song and storytelling we’ll explore the rich vocabulary of words lost and stories long forgotten from Swindon and surrounds. Expect folk songs and tales with a twist, featuring the words of Alfred Williams, murders, Anglo-Saxon language, local Faeryness and other delights. This is a night not to be missed or repeated again! With musicians Sgo, Canute's Plastic Army and Chantelle Smith and storytellers John Row, Kirsty Hartsiotis and Anthony Nanson. 


Talk: Gloucestershire’s Arts and Crafts Movement artists

Thursday 26 March

Museum of Gloucester

1pm. Inspired by the craftspeople already in the area and by the beauty of the Cotswolds, many artists came to settle in the Gloucestershire countryside. Kirsty Hartsiotis will explore these Arts and Crafts Movement artists and their friendships with William Simmonds.

Storytelling at Gloucester Folk Trail

Saturday 22 February

The Folk of Gloucester, Westgate Street, Gloucester

2pm. Kirsty will be telling family-friendly Gloucestershire folk tales as part of Storytelling at Gloucester Folk Trail. The event starts at 11am, with four tale-tellers spinning their yarns! All taking place in the warm and relaxing Folk Of Gloucester for an afternoon of amazing tales and folklore.

Tour: Ernest Gimson's architecture

Thursday 13 February 2020

The Wilson, Cheltenham

1pm. Come and join exhibition curator Kirsty Hartsiotis for an in depth look at Ernest Gimson's architecture, exploring selected objects in featured in Ernest Gimson: Observation, Imagination and Making.

Talks start at 1pm and will be in the exhibition with the objects. Each talk lasts about forty five minutes, with a chance to chat!

Talk: Christmas Ghosts: the tradition of winter tales

Thursday 23 January 2020

Bisley Local History Group, Bisley Village Hall

7.30pm. We've told supernatural tales at midwinter for a very long time. This talk by Kirsty Hartsiotis goes back to the earliest winter tales, comes up through the Victorians revisiting of the tradition, and up to the present day, with a focus on Gloucestershire's own midwinter stories.



Tour: Ernest Gimson's plaster, metalwork and embroidery

Thursday 16 January 2020

The Wilson, Cheltenham

1pm. Come and join exhibition curator Kirsty Hartsiotis for an in depth look at Ernest Gimson's plaster, metalwork and embroidery, exploring selected objects in featured in Ernest Gimson: Observation, Imagination and Making.


Talks start at 1pm and will be in the exhibition with the objects. Each talk lasts about forty five minutes, with a chance to chat!

Mid-Winter Revels

Saturday 13 January

Subscription Rooms, Stroud

7pm. Stroud storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis 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 Tennis Party by Charles March Gere

Wednesday 8 January 

The Wilson, Cheltenham

1pm. Come and join our collections team for a series of in-depth lunchtime talks about iconic objects in the museum. Curator Kirsty Hartsiotis will be talking about The Tennis Party, a painting by Arts and Crafts Movement artist, Charles March Gere. You will have the opportunity to see some of Gere's sketchbooks.


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