Shonaleigh’s Diary


May
24
Fri
2019
Shonaleigh in Croatia 2019
May 24 – May 27 all-day

2.STORYing is a three day international festival promoting contemporary storytelling, open communication of cultures and dialogues. It offers new festival content with new types of interaction, challenges and dynamics.

The theme of this year’s festival is Heritage. Our guest performers will promote language and cultural heritage by sharing stories from Indian, Jewish and Italian history.

Shonaleigh, from Great Britain, is probably the last carrier of the Drut’syla, ancient storytelling skill from the Jewish tradition.

Having learned the Drut’syla tradition from the age of four, once she heard her aged Jewish grandmother tell a tale that can make you believe there’s still magic, there was no going back. Storytelling is in her blood, she lived and breathed tales during her childhood because this is a skill that in Jewish culture never died. And she is still continuing with the tradition.

Her repertoire consists of 12 interlinked cycles, each of them with hundreds of tales! And interestingly enough, Shonaleigh keeps all the stories in her head! None of them are written on paper.

She is a passionate advocate for the development of storytelling as a cultural and educational tool and an award winner for her great contribution to culture.

As one of Europe’s leading storytellers, she continues to perform at festivals and events around the world. Wherever she goes she carries with her thousands of oral stories from the Jewish tradition and shares their magic.

Jun
7
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Diamond Girl, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2019
Jun 7 @ 7:30 pm – Jun 9 @ 2:00 pm
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Diamond Girl, Amsterdam, Netherlands 2019 @ Tuin Aan Zee

THE TRADITION
Join teller and tradition bearer Shonaleigh for a unique, immersive weekend of storytelling to experience a living, unbroken oral tradition. The Druts’yla tradition has been passed down from grandmother to granddaughter by generations of Jewish women, but was almost lost after the uprooting of these communities in World War II.. Around 4000 tales are held within the mind and recalled on request, using the lost art of ‘stories within stories’. Shonaleigh might well be the last Druts’yla that holds these stories. Originally they were told in Dutch Jewish communities, telling them in Holland is in a way bringing them home. Starting at one point in the lattice of stories, the listeners will guide the journey through the interlinked tales, hearing stories possibly left untold for two generations. There will be time for discussion and exploration of both the tradition and the stories. You can learn more about Shonaleigh and the Drutsyla tradition on her website.

THE STORY
The Diamond Girl and the Goat-Horn Bee is all about the day that everything changes. A blessing has become a curse and that curse is the only way to survive. When her world is torn apart, Reisal has to watch as her family disappears and she herself becomes nothing more than a pawn of the powerful; Zekal Ben Yakov has to watch as his son sets out on a quest with only half a puzzle and a sack of questions. The only thing that can save them all is a firewolf, an icefish, a snow bear and a goat-horn bee.
The telling will be in English

THE PROGRAMME
Friday: 19.30 – 21.00, telling, including snacks
Saturday: 10.00, doors open; coffee & tea
10.30 – 16.30, telling including a lunch
17.30 dinner
19.30 – 21.30 telling goes on, extra guests are welcome, like your friends and family (tickets: 10,-)
Sunday:10.00, doors open, coffee & tea
10.30 – 14.00, telling, ending with a lunch

THE PLACE
Telling is in ‘De Verhalenkamer’ or ‘Storytelling Room’ of storyteller Nancy Wiltink. A former office of the keeper of the lock that is now a place for small scale storytelling events. If the weather permits the garden of ‘Tuin aan Zee’ will be used for lunch and dinner. The place is near Central Station, more directions will be given when you book

BOOKING
The whole weekend, including meals is € 225,-
A maximum of 12 people is able to attend
Ten more people on saturday evening
Booking: nancy@tuinanzee.nl
If you book you will receive an invoice that has to be payed before the start of the event. Saturday evening tickets are sold at the door, reservations for Saturday evening are recommended

Jun
16
Sun
2019
Private Lecture
Jun 16 all-day

This event is a private booking for an invited audience.

If you would like to book Shonaleigh please get in touch via email to contact@shonaleigh.uk

Jun
21
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: Tobias and the Snow Tear, Totnes
Jun 21 – Jun 23 all-day

More details to follow.

Jun
28
Fri
2019
Tellers, Tales and Tradition: The Cloth of Hope and Sorrow, Brighton
Jun 28 @ 7:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 1:30 pm

Last chance to hear this stunning story told by Shonaleigh Cumbers over a whole weekend. This story will not be told again for 12 years!!! You will also hear about the Jewish Women’s Oral Tradition and how Shonaleigh was taught 1000s of stories by her wonderful Bubba.

Price and payment

A weekend ticket will be £120 per person.
There are only 13 places so book early.
Please contact Fleur Shorthouse Hemmings at fleurflee@gmail.com to book and for payment details.

Timings and Food

Arrive Friday night at 7pm, to begin telling at 7:30pm. The session will end at 9:30pm.
Arrive Saturday morning at 9.30am to begin telling at 10am the session will end at 5.30pm and resume at 7:30pm until 9:30pm. You may wish to go for a walk in the park or the seafront but make sure you are back for the meal we will provide at 6.30pm sharp.
Arrive Sunday morning at 9.30am to begin telling at 10am the session will end at 1pm.
There will be plenty of comfort breaks throughout.
An evening meal will be provided on the Saturday night, this will be vegan friendly. There will be dairy accompaniments and some meat options. Tea, Coffee, soft drinks and cake are also included in the price of the weekend ticket.
Please bring a contribution for a shared lunch on Saturday. Feel free to bring nibbles and drinks you like.
We will finish by 1pm on Sunday so you can make your own arrangements for lunch. We are within walking distance of lots of cafes and restaurants.
Please inform us about any dietary requirements when you book.

Travel

15mins walk from Brighton Station, 20mins walk from Hove Station. No 7 Bus stops almost right
outside venue. Closest airports, Shoreham and Gatwick.

If you are from out of town, Brighton and Hove is a seaside town so it is awash with hotels, B&Bs and there are many AirBnB listings on the App.

Jul
19
Fri
2019
Festival at the Edge 2019
Jul 19 – Jul 21 all-day

An Important Update from the Festival at the Edge Organising Team (Monday, 11th February 2019) ….

Dear friends, thank you for your patience whilst we have been searching for a new site for Festival at the Edge. We are still looking at options, but as regards this year, we feel time is too short to effectively plan a festival this summer. As you probably know the infrastructure and artists, caterers and traders etc. have to be confirmed months in advance. As a result, we have had to take the really tough decision of not running an event this year.

After 27 continuous years, this will be the first year we have missed one, and the decision was not an easy one to make. However, we will be back in 2020 with a site that hopefully works for us all and really hope we can count on your continued support and goodwill- it is not an idle boast when we say that FatE audiences are the best audiences out there!
The dates for 2020 are 17th – 19th July, can we ask all our festival-goers, volunteers, suppliers, traders, and supporters to please put these dates in your diaries, tablets, wall charts, phone reminders and anywhere else that will remind you?

We will be in touch personally with all volunteers, caterers, traders and suppliers. very soon. This Group and the festival Page will be updated regards the new site as we make progress.

A huge thanks again for all your support – FatE will be back full of story, song, dance and fellowship in the Shropshire hills in 2020. We look forward to welcoming you.

Very best wishes, the Festival at the Edge Organising Team.

Jul
29
Mon
2019
Walking the Wild Woods: Third Year 2019
Jul 29 @ 12:00 am – Aug 2 @ 1:00 am

Wildwoods is a three year part time course with four one week residential courses, which will introduce you to a new way of thinking about stories and your approach to them. We will walk with the Druts’yla tradition, identify key points of the midrash and learn how stories are held, unpeeled, understood and internalised on a practical and holistic level.

The course is by invitation or application ONLY.

Aug
5
Mon
2019
Walking the Wild Woods: Graduation 2019
Aug 5 – Aug 9 all-day

Wildwoods is a three year part time course with four one week residential courses, which will introduce you to a new way of thinking about stories and your approach to them. We will walk with the Druts’yla tradition, identify key points of the midrash and learn how stories are held, unpeeled, understood and internalised on a practical and holistic level.

The course is by invitation or application ONLY.

Aug
9
Fri
2019
The Telling Festival 2019
Aug 9 – Aug 11 all-day

Bespoke storytelling festival – watch this space!

Aug
12
Mon
2019
Walking the Wild Woods: First Year 2019
Aug 12 – Aug 16 all-day

Wildwoods is a three year part time course with four one week residential courses, which will introduce you to a new way of thinking about stories and your approach to them. We will walk with the Druts’yla tradition, identify key points of the midrash and learn how stories are held, unpeeled, understood and internalised on a practical and holistic level.

The course is by invitation or application ONLY.