Follow the raven to the high crags and misty moorlands for my own slant on the Celtic tale of a sleeping Queen and The Great Deceiver. Besides the title story Deb is telling a strange and powerful story from the Arctic; and, for a complete contrast, the story of an enterprising Irishman who takes recycling to a whole new level.
“Storyteller Deb Winter performs her ‘Fire-Maker’ show with Tinc y Tannau - two incredibly inventive musicians - Sianed Jones and Ailsa Mair Hughes. They both sing and play the Bass Viola da Gamba, weaving their extraordinary improvisions through the stories. And Deb Winter is…. herself. A warm, funny, spiritual, nature- embracing, lovely woman who shares her beautifully crafted stories with us. Deb delightedly unfolds her stories to a capacity audience. Three tales of natural and supernatural creatures, all embraced by the universal mystery. Deb’s lyrical lament for the extinction of so many creatures is infused with an invigorating anger and celebrates our new young activists: ‘La Loba is lighting fires in the hearts of our young; sparking our children.’
The audience are enthralled by each and every one of Deb’s words, punctuated as they are by the earthy sounds of Tinc y Tannau. How do they do it? How can they be it? There’s empathy, enthusiasm, and an electric energy between the three women which inebriates us all, which fills our loving cup. Us all who give them a standing ovation as they bow before us, their laurel leaf crowns sliding slightly down their foreheads. It’s so laughable, the absurdity of it all, this wonderful life.”
“Bravo! Simply stunning”
“Powerful, magical, important”
“A truly wondrous and hypnotic experience”
“A truly amazing experience”
“Better than anything I have been to in a long time. Took me into another world. Loved the stories and the variety”
“Inspirational - re-awoke my creativity”
“A privilege and a joy to be there”
“Thank you for the spellbinding, dream-like images you took us to - it was so powerful”
“Bristol Storyfest 2016 began tonight with fabulous tales from Deb Winter in a packed La Ruca Café on the Gloucester Road, accompanied by the enchanting strains of Fiona Barrow’s violin and harp. The Red Shoes was a fitting, dizzy tale of temptation to begin this festival of words, and Deb had the audience entranced with her gripping take on an old fable.
Whether you grew up with the Hans Christian Andersen version, or have delved into the wild and darker origins unearthed in Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s Women who Run with the Wolves, tonight’s interpretation was a gripping and glorious dance of physicality and finesse. The room was touched by Deb’s delicate telling; moved by the reflection of ourselves in the compulsion of a 16 year-old Karen. Behind the big questions was a beautiful evening of storytelling and music, delivered with youthful curiosity and heartfelt charm. Deb held a warm and welcoming room.”
To find out more about multi-instrumentalist and singer Sianed Jones, follow this link: About Sianed
Venue: Tregwynt Mansion, Castle Morris, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire SA62 5UU
Date: Wednesday, 10th April at 7:30pm
Tickets: Standard £7.50 / Concessionary (low income) £5.50
Tickets on the door or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stories of fire and light; stories of hot pursuit and endless patience. Let enthralling storytelling and exquisite music take you deep into the earth and to the World-Beyond-The World.
For this show Deb weaves her words with the powerful, intuitive music of Tinc Y Tannau (Sianed Jones & Ailsa Mair Hughes, bass viols and voices) to draw you into the woods and out onto the wild waves of your imagination.
You can explore the music of Sianed and Ailsa at: www.tincytannau.co.uk
This event is supported by the Arts Council of Wales through the Noson Allan / Night Out scheme
Venue: National Botanic Garden of Wales, Middleton Hall, Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire. SA32 8HN.
Deb will be telling tales in the fairy woods and the round house both Saturday and Sunday, 21st & 22nd July, as part of the storytelling weekend:
- Green Magic
Strange Tales of Talking Trees, Tempting Toadstools, Magical Plants & Mischievous Spirits with evergreen storyteller Deb Winter
Venue: Nevern Village Hall, Nevern, Pembrokeshire, SA42 0NE, UK
Date: Sunday, 3rd June at 4pm
Tickets: £7 On the door
Including: Scaramella VOCAL ENSEMBLE; Daniel Davies CELLIST; Maggie Harris POET; Paul Steffan Jones POET; Deb Winter STORYTELLER.
Susan Richardson is a poet and performer whose fourth collection of poetry, Words the Turtle Taught Me, has just been published by Cinnamon Press. Themed around endangered marine species, it evolved from her recent residency with the Marine Conservation Society. Her previous three collections include Creatures of the Intertidal Zone (2007), inspired by her own, and others’, journeys through the increasingly fragile Arctic environment, and skindancing (2015) which explores human-animal metamorphosis and our intimacy with, and alienation from, the wild and our animal selves.
Susan has performed her work at festivals from Hay to Adelaide, on Radio 4 while enjoying a four-year stint as one of the poet-performers on Saturday Live, and on BBC2 to complement their coverage of the Chelsea Flower Show . She is currently poet-in-residence with both the global animal welfare initiative, World Animal Day, and the British Animal Studies Network .
Susan’s New book - Words the Turtle Taught Me - ‘vital, glorious, salutary’ (Philip Hoare)
Storyteller Deb Winter, who worked for Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, BTCV and the Environmental Trainers Network in another life, has created a number of ‘green-themed’ shows with The Magic of Green, The Green Phoenix, Call of the Wild, the Company of Birds.
Deb is an engaging and popular storyteller and has performed at Cheltenham Science Festival, Bristol Storyfest, Swansea Fringe, Tenby Arts, End of the Road and Priddy Folk Festival and well as locally for Fforest, Transition Bro Gwaun, the National Trust at Stackpole. Deb hosts Straeon Gwaun/Fishguard Storytelling at Peppers and has brought some of Wales’ top storytellers to Fishguard.
In ‘Fins & Skins’, poet and storyteller are united by a deep love for the ocean.
Venue: Church House, Upper Frog Street, Tenby SA70 7JG
Date: Saturday, 23rd September, 2pm
Storytelling with Deb Winter
Lively Storyteller Deb Winter presents a medley of strange tales to surprise and entertain you.
What is going bump in the night? Who comes in out of the mist? Mysteries and mischief from a playful teller of traditional tales.
Date: Saturday, 10th June
Join the Institute of Physics and storyteller Deb Winter for an evening of weird and wonderful science, as scientists share stories which will both surprise and entertain.
Delyth Jenkins, Deborah Winter and Prue Thimbleby bring you a special show commissioned by the 2016 Gwanwyn Festival: an Evening of storytelling and Celtic harp.
A tryst in a medieval orchard; a journey into forbidden lands; love, redemption and sacrifice.
Travel back in time with storyteller Deb Winter and musician Fiona Barrow (fiddle, harp, accordian) and meet a dark lord and a fair lady. Pass some time with us at the inn with a mysterious stranger. But be very careful what you say to him…words are dangerous things…………
Music: Fiona Barrow is a professional violinist who trained classically and also followed a love of traditional music, playing on the west coast of Ireland for 2 years, and also made a living as a street musician travelling across Europe as a solo act and with various outfits including Tragic Roundabout, Fiasco di Casino, and Swervy World theatre.
She toured with the Doppelganger gypsy orchestra playing at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Skopje Festival in Macedonia and Tuzla in Bosnia. She played a sell-out run on Broadway with Travelling Lights award- winning show ‘Into The West’ and completed several tours with Kneehigh theatre including ‘Tristan and Yseult’ at Sydney festival, Australia, Wellington festival, New Zealand and Spoleto festival in South Carolina. She also toured for 5 years with singer Eve Loiseau in the hit show ‘Piaf -the Songs’.
Fiona has composed and performed for storytelling for many years. She was musician in residence in Somerset for a year with storyteller Jane Flood, and toured the sell-out show ‘Peter and the Wolf’ with Martin Maudsley, appearing Beyond the Border, Bath Fringe and Sage, Gateshead.
Join singer Rosie Sleightholme (“Utterly wonderful stuff” - BBC Radio Wales) and storyteller Deb Winter (“Storyteller of the Year” - Bristol Storyfest 2015) as they weave a blend of original and traditional songs and stories, taking you on a magical journey into forbidden forests, wild seashores and strange lands.
"Once Upon A Time there was a Storyteller so entertaining and enthralling that whole audiences fell off their seats laughing or fell silent with amazement and never spoke again……"
Well, ok, that's an exaggeration but audiences do get totally absorbed in my stories - sometimes it's so quiet you could hear a mouse scratching its ear; at other times there is much chuckling and guffawing.
I like to take traditional stories and give them a tweak or a twist. I like to touch the heart or tickle your laughter organ.
I love words: powerful, juicy, voluptuous, fiery, sensuous and comical words. Words that will draw you into the deep dark forest or into the scented Arabian night. Words that will keep you in the story until the demon is defeated or the poor man finds his princess.
Entertaining, interactive Story Workshops for schools or children's groups. Designed to encourage creativity and confidence and widen vocabulary.
Children gain fluency with words and greater powers of description. Sessions can be themed to fit your curriculum.
Storytelling makes stories fun and exciting, encouraging children to read more and make up their own stories.
Fairy Tales with a twist; myths and legends; folk tales from around the world; wonder tales and strange adventures. Humorous, action-packed, magical, moving, mysterious or surprising.
You can book me for Festivals, Ceremonies, Public or Private Functions, Medieval Fayres and Banquets; after-dinner entertainment or to enhance any occasion you choose.
If you'd like to be a Storyteller, or simply gain confidence about speaking in front of an audience, this course is for you.
A fun, relaxed and supportive day, building your skills gently until your Inner Performer bursts forth.
Lots of fun, lots of practice in a safe atmosphere, lots of help from a skilled storyteller to develop your own unique voice.
You'll be surprised at how much you'll enjoy this course - you won't want to go home!
“Thank you so much for such a superb performance and teaching slot yesterday. I felt so inspired that I have been musing over three stories, pacing back and forth in my mind trying to find a wordpath to the journey I am on.”
“The storytelling workshop was excellent. I really enjoyed the session and found it very inspiring.”
“Your enthusiasm is infectious!”
“I have found my inner performer!”