Greetings to you all from the GuestHouse, we are all still missing you!

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“ Festival at the Edge (FATE)  is the oldest storytelling festival in England and is thrilled to announce that we will be on a physical site again in 2021. We hope you can join us 16-18th July at Hopton Court near Cleobury Mortimer Shropshire for a feast of magical storytelling, music, workshops, story walks and much more.  Whether you are an adult or have younger listeners, there is a mixture of stories and activities from great artists from all across Britain and beyond. Tickets will be limited and need to be booked in advance, and all guidelines will be followed to ensure we run a safe and comfortable festival for all. For a unique weekend in  truly amazing surroundings please see our website- We really look forward to welcoming you ”.

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in this newsletter we have some news about an exciting new community project about Tide Mills, the ruined village which lies along the coast between Newhaven and Seaford. The organisers are looking for storytellers, writers, poets and other creative people to collaborate in a heritage project about the village which will take place in September 2021.

“Tide Mills has an incredible history – in its relatively short lifetime it was home not only to the pioneering Tidal Mills built on the site in 1761, but also a WW1 seaplane station, racing stables, a radio station, a beach hospital, and even a pineapple pit! The last residents of the village were evicted during WW2 and the village fell into ruin, so we’re delighted to have an opportunity to bring this unique history alive as never before!”

Phil Rose, LYT Productions’ Artistic Director

If you’re interested in participating in any capacity – they are particularly keen on storytellers – you can find out more about the project here:
If you’d like to take part, please use the contact link on the website to contact the organisers directly. 

We’d also like to remind you about the Goddess Festival, organised by Xanthe Gresham and funded by Arts Council England. The first two events were groundbreaking, inventive and inspiring and Umi from the GuestHouse Storytellers is delighted to be taking part in this month’s episode about Mothers and Migration and talking about her writing, good mothers and wicked stepmothers (including her own mother), and Indian goddesses in conversation with her daughter.
Here’s a link to the event, which is on March 25th. Tickets are free or by donation, and you can register for any or all sessions here.

If you would like to see previous sessions they are now on Youtube. I would particularly recommend Amy Sutton’s brilliant performance of Inanna descending into the underworld, which you can watch here. It starts at 58.44.



Our Facebook page has lots of performances, information about courses and other interesting resources regularly posted on it. You can also use it to ask other club members or storytellers if they would like to be in touch or meet up for a storytelling practice or session:

Also do check out:
Lunar Sea’s next storytelling performance

Southdowns Storytellers in Lewes

Strange Times Online Storytelling Club

And our website where we will have the latest news when the club reopens

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I’m sure you’ll all be pleased to hear that, thanks to the hard work done by both trustees and staff, and some generous funders, the Hillcrest Centre is managing to stay afloat and has been providing valuable services during lock down. The trustees (of whom I am one) have taken all possible precautions including installing screens, hand sanitisers, a one way system, and regular deep cleaning. The cafe has been making and delivering nutritious meals to people isolating at home, CTLA (Community Transport) in the basement, has been providing transport to people needing to attend hospital and other essential appointments, and Kimmi’s Nursery has been providing care for the children of key workers. We also have one or two support groups meeting under the current regulations. So as soon as we are allowed to safely resume in a viable way we will be able to return to the Hillcrest.


In the meantime, a few members of the committee have resumed meeting on Zoom every few weeks to exchange and work on our storytelling. If anyone would like to join us to try telling a story for the first time and get some tips, or to practice a story, or just generally brush up your skills, do get in touch. My email is: umisinha.writing[at] (Please replace the [at] with an @ symbol when copying into your browser.)

And watch out for a new project coming in September 2021, in which our GuestHouse committee member, and local professional storyteller, Jamie Crawford will be participating. TWO PAIRS OF EYES – A GHOST STORY FOR NEWHAVEN. The project – run by Sara Clifford’s company, Inroads, which created large scale participatory shows like The Port, The Beast and the Traveller, Our Dancing Feet, The Tribunal, and Home Fires – has now collected over 40 stories from from people in and around Newhaven, ranging from the drummer boy heard at the Fort to a ghostly nun on the site of the old convent.

And here’s the full programme of the Goddess Lounge, and, below that, some links to other online storytelling events in the area.

Our Facebook page has lots of performances, information about courses and other interesting resources regularly posted on it. You can also use it to keep in touch with other club members or storytellers and their performances:


Also do check out:
LunarSea’s next storytelling performance

Southdowns Storytellers in Lewes

Strange Times Online Storytelling Club

And our website where we will have all the latest news 

Hillcrest Road, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven BN9 9LH
Free parking. Disabled access.

Café opens 6.30pm
 serving organic meals, snacks and cakes and a very warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Stories  7.30 – 9.30 pm on the second Tuesday of the month.

£7 in advance, £9 on the door


Bay Vue Rd, Newhaven BN9 9LH
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Where: The Hillcrest Centre, Bay Vue Road, Newhaven, BN9 9LH(Map).
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