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Island Stories

Tuesday 14th May

A club night where we welcome tellers new and old, experienced or just starting out.  Please book a 10 minute slot by contacting Kym Murden on

The Island -May 2019
Islands often feature in stories as places where tales begin or end. They can be literal or metaphorical, secret or sacred, or places of pilgrimage, punishment, imprisonment or shipwreck, as well as filled with magic, healing and dreams.

Come to a May night where you have a chance to tell or listen to stories about islands that may be big or small, imagined or real.  Will we be taken to islands that hold our hopes or  terrors?  Will the tales be true or fictional?  What islands have you lived on or  just day-dreamed about?

AGE 12+





The Serpent King’s Daughter

May 16 @ 7:00 pm – Printers Playhouse 49A Grove Road


The Serpent King’s Daughter – an oral storytelling performance by The Guest House Storytellers

This collection of colourful teaching tales from ancient India – seductive, funny, tragic, philosophical, horrific – is contained within a framing story about King Suryakanta, a misogynist who falls in love with the dangerous and clever Princess Anangaraga, daughter of the Serpent King. Each story ends with a riddle that she has to solve. If she fails to solve even one, she has to marry him. If she solves them all, he becomes her slave for life.

In the Playhouse. 7pm (Doors 5pm).

Also being performed on June 8th at Emerson college , Forest Row- Hartfield Road

In the Storytelling hut at 7.30. Entry by donation


Tell It Your Way 2:  Storytelling Course 

More storytelling workshops at the Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven with Jamie Crawford

Tell It Your Way is designed to help beginners and experienced tellers alike to up their storytelling game.

You are invited to bring a story to work on, or Jamie can provide material. Jamie’s practice is grounded in traditional stories, but you are welcome to work with whatever kind of story you feel most drawn to.

The exact format of the course is determined by the needs of the group. We then select material to explore and start developing our stories to tell within the group and later to fresh audiences too.

The course is designed to provide the means for you to experiment, to discuss, to play, and the emphasis is on enjoying the stories. For those who want it, there is also be the offer of critical feedback and evaluation to help hone their storytelling practice.

So the course is designed to help you prepare a story for telling at New Tellers, New Tales! on our club night on 11th June. You could work on a story you’ve told already or a new one. However, you would not have to commit to telling on the 11th to attend the course.

As before, the May-June course will run for four 2-hour sessions at the Hillcrest. It will be suitable for beginners or more experienced, including those who have done Tell It Your Way 1.0. The cost for the four sessions will be £40/£30.

Jamie has not yet finalised dates or a day and time for the sessions but will be doing so very soon. There are currently two options:

DAYTIME: 1.00 – 3.00 Tuesdays                 May 14, 21, 28, June 4

EVENING:  7.00-9.00 Mondays                    May 13, 20, June 3, 10

So if you are interested please email Jamie on and let him know your preferred option (or your flexibility) and I will then choose the more popular option for the course.

JUNE 11TH – Note Change of Event

We are always looking for new tellers, but everyone has to start somewhere, and it can take courage to tell to an audience when you haven’t had much experience. This evening is an opportunity for people who haven’t told before to have a go in a friendly, welcoming space and with a supportive audience. (You can bring your own friends and family too.)

There is no theme for this evening so you can choose any story you feel comfortable with. And remember, it doesn’t have to be “good”. If you enjoy telling it we will enjoy listening to it.   More experienced tellers are also welcome, but priority will be given to new tellers. Come with a story or just come and lend your ears to support new tellers – because tellers need listeners too!

 To book a 10 minute slot to share a story, email Jamie:

Club Night £5/£4 unwaged on the door.

From demure housewife to bloodthirsty goddess, gurgling infant to elephant
man, meditating sage to cosmic fire-eater, Hindu mythology illuminates a mind- blowing world of radical transformations. Kali is one of the wildest shape-shifters of all. Demon-slayer, Life-saver, Supreme-Mother, Destruction-dancer, this goddess is truly Awesome. When an evil power spreads its clawed hands across the world, Kali’s time has come…

Our annual charity event in aid of Newhaven RNLI – Tickets available through
our website £10 each in advance, (Fish and Chips optional extra). At Newhaven
Lifeboat Station, Riverside, West Quay, Newhaven BN9 9BT

And later in 2019 with fuller details to follow:

September 10th – Phantastical Beasts – Club Night
October 8th – GuestHouse Storytellers tell stories from 1001 Nights
November 12th – Dominic Kelly – Professional Storyteller – tells The Gift.
December 10th – Winter Tales to Warm the Heart – Club Night

Hillcrest Centre, Newhaven BN9 9LH

Café opens 6.45pm. Stories from 7.30. Age 12+

Club Nights: £5/£4 unwaged on the door

Professional performances: £7 in advance/£9 on the door.

To book tickets:

Other Organiser’s Event:
Laughton Lodge, 26th May has invited HUGH LUPTON to tell HORSES. Hugh was the first professional storytelller we had at the GuestHouse in 2007. Probably thepre-eminent storyteller in the UK, he drew a crowd of 120 people – the biggest we’ve ever had. Don’t miss the opportunity to see him.  Full details here:

You’ll find more information about these and other storytelling events on our Facebook page:

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