The Music in the Words Workshop
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Mike O’Connor, musical contributor to the successful Poldark series and Barbara Griggs are masters in words and music – their most recent show ‘Return to Lyonesse’ received outstanding accolades for its seamless integration of these art forms. In this workshop they explore the world of music in stories.

Music has been used to enhance storytelling for thousands of years. Naqqali, the meddah, the skop, the bard, the traveller, and many more all use music in traditional forms of storytelling. You can use it too – the rewards are great but there are challenges and pitfalls to be overcome.

In this workshop, they often use very amusing musical examples of music in storytelling and they explain how you can make best use of music in your tales. This workshop is for both storytellers, musicians, and listeners. You don’t have to be a musician to attend!

Saturday 6 May, 11:15-12:15
Plymouth University
Tickets are available to reserve and purchase online in advance. Please note advanced booking closes at 23:59 on Friday 5 May. Alternatively, tickets are available on the door on a first-come-first-served basis.

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Mike O’Connor and Barbara Griggs

Mike O’Connor and Barbara Griggs make music of breath-taking beauty principally the harp, violin, octave violin and viol. Together they perform a unique repertoire, the product of unprecedented scholarship that has led to the discovery of many early manuscripts and previously unconsidered sources in Cornwall. Mike is well known for his song writing and a well-respected storyteller, with a deep knowledge of Cornish legends and folk tales. His evocative songs, such as ‘Carrying Nelson Home’ have a wide following. He is a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh.

Society for Storytelling

The Society for Storytelling was founded in 1993 to support and promote storytelling in England and Wales. They provide a central place to find out about storytelling events, to ask for advice on using storytelling, about workshops and guide aspiring storytellers through the practice.

Their annual Gathering welcomes professional, emerging and aspiring storytellers from across the UK for a weekend of storytelling, workshops, performances and more. The 2017 Gathering is taking place in Plymouth as part of the Plymouth Festival of Words.

Find out more about the Society for Storytelling.

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