“A week to bring you in to the heart of stories.”
We have reluctantly decided to cancel the Week of Storytelling in 2021 although other shorter courses will be offered
The Bleddfa Week of Storytelling is a rich immersion in the world of storytelling. It is suitable for new storytellers and those who already tell and want to deepen their connection to storytelling.
Our focus is on traditional stories and we will guide you through the process of learning and telling them so you can take them into the world with authenticity and joy.
On this course you will get…
- Tuition and performances from resident tutors Michael Harvey and Hazel Bradley
- Tuition and performances from visiting tutors Claire Murphy and Steve Killick
- Individual tutorials with Michael or Hazel
- Gentle, freeing physical and vocal warm-ups
- Clear and effective storytelling exercises
- A bit of daily downtime to rest or explore the beautiful landscape
- Access to a large storytelling library
- Delicious food from local chef, Jess Curtis
- The chance to tell stories in pairs, small groups and larger groups
- An opportunity to perform for a public audience
- Top class tuition and facilitation by leading professionals
- A range of practical and powerful storytelling tools
- A growing understanding of yourself as a storyteller
- A supportive and like-minded group.
And here is why some people just keep on coming back…
A week to bring you into the heart of stories.
I am just beginning and already this course has given me a vision for how to embark on this path feeling well-equipped.
Come to the Bleddfa Storytelling Week if you want to find your voice as a storyteller and put yourself on the storytelling journey. Loved being able to fully immerse with no outside pressures, working outside my comfort zone in a supportive group and hearing other people’s journeys.
A truly satisfying week. If you are wondering whether to do it, stop wondering and just do it! It’s a wonderful community. Very nurturing to have the space to work like this. A wonderful space to immerse yourself in all aspects of storytelling.
It has given me the confidence I can tell to and hold an audience for an extended period of time. It has helped ground me in the basics of storytelling. I realised the importance of rigour and the need to put aside time to work on stories.
A wonderful way to continue my storytelling journey. Thank-you for the space to reflect on, improve and enjoy me approach to storytelling. I’m leaving Bleddfa feeling nourished in many ways – head, heart and belly!
This is a unique and special resource where people come together to learn something about storytelling and end up with so much more. I have met wonderful people, heard stories which have moved me and made me laugh and I have started to understand the powerful and transformative power of stories and of storytelling.
Magical journey, powerful learning, safe space in which to grow and jolly good fun…a good mixture of fun, lightheartedness and serious art crafting…I went from being a superficial storyteller to one who found a connection with myself, the story and the audience. Magic!Participant Feedback 2019
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Storytellers of all levels of experience are welcome to the week long course. Many participants arrive never having told a story before, others have already done the course before and some earn part of their living from telling stories so this course will suit most levels. It can be an orientation and initiation for those who are new, a fresh re-discovery of what drew us into the world of stories in the first place and a renewed joy and commitment for those with more experience.
The teaching sessions are delivered by Michael Harvey and Hazel Bradley who have jointly led the Bleddfa Week of Storytelling for most of its twenty-five year history. In order to celebrate this special birthday we have invited three of the many storytellers who have studied at Bleddfa to return and be our featured tellers for the week. There’s more information on the Performance page.
The week is based around practical exercises and activities with ample time to work in groups and individually in the story-soaked atmosphere of rural Mid-Wales. Participants are encouraged to find their own unique voice within a supportive and like-minded group with tuition from top storytellers. There is also lots of time to tell, both in pairs and small groups as well as in the two evening ceilidhs which are open to the public.
Daily warm-ups and varied workshops look at specific aspects of story preparation and delivery followed by story sharing in the group and evening performances. Individual tutorials are available and you will have access to an extensive collection of books of stories and related subjects.
Some photos from previous years
Course content enquiries: Michael Harvey +44 (0)7812 166138 firstname.lastname@example.org