Storytelling & Spoken Word

Storytelling always plays a key role at FolkWeek. This year we welcome back two festival favourites Debs Newbold and Pat Ryan.

Debs appears as part of Will Pound’s Through The Seasons in the Manor Pavilion on Monday evening, followed on Tuesday evening by her retelling of Romeo and Juliet, originally commissioned by the Globe Theatre. On Wednesday afternoon Debs presents Dauntless, telling the story of Grace O’Malley, legendary Irish clan chief and queen of the sea.

Pat Ryan presents Old Tales that inspired Shakespeare and an hour of crazy traditional and literary rhymes and wordplay as well as leading workshops. Both Pat and Debs take part in the popular Stories and Ballads sessions.

Daisy Black brings Chaucer’s Man of Law to life in Broken Shells – a tale of love, fear, passion and cold seas.

Sidmouth’s resident storyteller Janet Dowling leads Storytelling workshops for Beginners and Tom Goodale and Moe Keast lead daily Storyrounds with opportunities for all.


Special Shows

Local musicians Nick Wyke and Becki Driscoll are joined by actress Liz Shakespeare to present The Life and Times of Edward Capern, telling the story of the Victorian Postman Poet.

In two performances of Living By the Sea, storyteller Matthew Crampton takes us on a trip amidst those whose lives are governed by the sea.

Read more about these shows here.

In Conversations

We present two special events in The Manor Pavilion where special guests talk about their recent books.

Billy Bragg talks to Colin Irwin about his best-selling book Roots, Radicals and Rockers and Peggy Seeger talks to Sandra Kerr about her memoir First Time Ever.

Poetry and more

Folk poet, storyteller and entertainer Racker Donnelly is with us for the week, leading workshops on Writing Comic Material and contributing to concerts and traditional events.

Ilse Pedler joins us this year for a new series of Poetry Workshops in the Royal Glen Hotel.


There’s a huge range of Talks throughout the week covering Giants, Mumming, Song Collecting Gypsy Wagons, Carnival Morris, Finding Folk Online and more. See programme p 47 for full listing.

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