The ancient art of storytelling continues to bring friends – and strangers – together through inspiring stories told from the heart at The Story Party, the cult storytelling club meeting at the historic George Inn in Southwark.
As the winter nights drew in, friends and strangers gathered at an ancient inn to listen to stories. We had spread the word about this storytelling event online by emails and social media but as we gathered in this warm and convivial real world setting, it felt like we were re-enacting a ritual that was as ancient as humankind. As ancient as stories.
The event was The Story Party, founded by story archaeologist Beverley Glick and writer Mary Ann Mhina. I was especially excited about the evening as it was my first time as co-host with Beverley, stepping in for Mary Ann over the next little while so that she could focus on other projects. It felt to me like a great honour as there is a special quality about The Story Party in that it places inspiring personal stories at its heart – and it was the club where I told my first story where I played with voice, accent and body language earlier this year, Goldilocks Weather.
The theme of the night was Friendship and 4 warm-hearted storytellers and I told stories about friendships that had touched us in some deep way. Here is the story menu from the night:
Our friends came to listen to our stories – and also strangers. We had exclusive use of an upstairs room and private bar at the historic George Inn in Southwark, the pub where Charles Dickens used to drink and also the tavern not far from where Chaucer’s pilgrims set off in The Canterbury Tales. In that unique setting and with easy going mood of the night, as we sat listening to stories of friendships lost – and friendships found and treasured – strangers soon became friends too as we all chatted and laughed with each other.
Find out more about The Story Party and do come along to the next one – which will be in Feb. I’ll be co-hosting again with Beverley and we look forward to seeing you in our “merrie band” of friends.
Photo: from my personal album