Young Budding Storyteller in Wales your Invite is Here

WALES is known throughout the world as a land of Storytelling and Storytellers.

And at Venue Cymru in Llandudno, North Wales, the new generation of Storytellers are being invited to practice the ancient art form at Young Storyteller of Wales / Storiwr Ifanc Cymru which takes place on 10 November.

As well as workshops and performances, young Storytellers living in Wales or of Welsh descent are invited to take part in competition, telling traditional stories (no longer than 5 minutes) in Welsh, English or bilingually.

Gillian Brownson, Storyteller and Writer, is in charge of bringing the best of Wales’ Storytelling artists together at Venue Cymru to inspire the next generation of storytellers and hear them wow the judges with their brilliant and energetic performances.

She said: “We’re so excited to announce that the amazing Writer, Storyteller & illustrator, Peter Stevenson, will be judging alongside our very own Bronwen Hughes, who is a multiple winner of the competition in the past.

“There are wonderful prizes, including the opportunity to have one to one mentoring sessions with practicing Storytellers, as well as ticket prizes and a slot to perform at the Llangollen Storytelling Cafe as well Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival.

“Even if you don’t win, the day promises to be full of fun and excitement, so if you love stories, you’d be mad to miss it!”

Young Storyteller of Wales /Storiwr Ifanc Cymru annual event created to celebrate and support young storytellers between the ages of 7 and 25 and was launched in 2007 by Storyteller Fiona Collins.

She decided to launch the event because of the importance she attaches to supporting and developing the next generation of spoken word storytellers, in both languages, here in Wales, and to keeping our strong bilingual oral tradition alive.

At first held under the umbrella of Llangollen International Music Eisteddfod, in 2015 the event found its home at Venue Cymru, as part of the Venue’s successful Young Creatives scheme.

The competition has helped launched exciting young voices in Storytelling including Charlotte Duckett, Bronwen Hughes, Bethan Mascerenhas, Ffion Phillips and Tom Turtle.

Young Storyteller Wales PosterWith Venue Cymru’s support, Young Storyteller of Wales /Storiwr Ifanc Cymru offers not only a chance to enter the competition, but a choice of workshops and performances in both Welsh and English by professional storytellers, open to children and adults alike, and all free of charge. This means that there truly is open access for all to this exciting and inspiring day.

But Young Storyteller of Wales/Storiwr Ifanc Cymru is not just a one-day’s wonder: it’s about the ‘bigger picture’. As well as supporting young storytellers before and beyond the event, the event creates a storytelling culture in schools and to galvanise the storytelling community into taking a serious look at our responsibility to future generations of storytellers.

Fiona said: “An old story tells of the king who decided to choose his heir by giving each candidate a seed to grow, declaring that the person who took most care of his or her new plant would be the best person to inherit the kingdom.

This being real life, there are no kingdoms on offer to the winners of Young Storyteller of Wales / Storiwr Ifanc Cymru. However, there are exciting prizes, and we hope that a host of opportunities will blossom for them, including the chance to begin a professional career as a storyteller.

“No experience is necessary to enter Young Storyteller of Wales /Storiwr Ifanc Cymru and there is no entry fee. Storytellers may perform as individuals, in a pair, or a group of three.

All competitors will be judged one of 3 age categories: 7 to 11; 12 to 18; or 18 to 25 years old. Prizes will be awarded to winners in all age categories. Application forms are available from https://venuecymru.co.uk/young-storyteller-wales-2018 and the forms should be sent to youngcreatives@venuecymru.co.uk

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and also works with RealD 3D reviewing the latest 3D releases, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UK's Top 10 Film Blogs.
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