Tellers, Tales and Tradition: Tobias and the Snow Tear, York St John University 2019

Friday, February 1, 2019 @ 7:30 pm – Sunday, February 3, 2019 @ 1:00 pm
Quad South Hall, York St John University
Lord Mayor's Walk
York YO31 7EX
York St John University

Shonaleigh is one of Europe’s leading storytellers. Having learned the Drut’syla tradition from the age of four, she carries thousands of oral stories from the Jewish tradition and shares their magic, mystery and wisdom with audiences around the world. For many years, Shonaleigh has shared the techniques of the Drut’syla storytelling tradition with students from across the globe. However, she is probably the last carrier of this age-old tradition.

The weekend form of Tellers, Tales and Tradition was dreamt up by Deborah Barker and Shonaleigh to create opportunities for the Drut’syla to tell a tale in full and for storyteller and listeners to experience these tales told in a more traditional form.

As Shonaleigh re-members and re-hydrates the stories told to her by Edith Marks, there will be few weekends where these stories can be heard in full.

How does the weekend work?

The group will be able to interact with the story as was originally intended. It is the listeners that request stories, journeying through the lattice along a path guided by their requests. You will also be able to ask questions directly about the stories and the environment in which they were told, from finding hidden trade routes locked within the tales to the reasons why a person might forgo a story in order to hear one of greater importance to the community.

Shonaleigh is the only known Drut’syla and the weekend will be a revival of a culture almost lost.

It will take place within a relaxed atmosphere with plenty of cushions and sofas and tea, coffee and cake provided at regular intervals.

This is an unmissable opportunity for anyone interested in stories or in oral and lost cultures to come and help document and archive through listening, requesting stories and asking questions.


The telling will start at 7.30pm on Friday evening and recommence at 10.30am on Saturday 2 February 2019 and Sunday 3 February 2019.

Arrival Tea and Coffee will be available from 10:00am on both Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 February 2019.


Told by Shonaleigh

Tobias, father of The Diamond Girl, has his own story. One night his fate is linked forever with that of a Fire Wolf. We will journey with Tobias through seven trials, seven, stories, seven soul searing moments as he quests to redemn this soulless creature.