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Taking
storytelling
into the
community

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The Armstrong Storytelling Trust is a registered charity set up to promote the art of storytelling, develop new storytellers and preserve and enhance access to stories by taking stories into schools, care homes for old people and communities throughout Northern Ireland.

Charity Registration Number: NIC  107622

Watch Liz Weir, our Storyteller in Residence, explaining how we promote cultural understanding through stories.

Upcoming Events

  • Memories are Made of This with Sinead McAleavey - Cosy Club- Clonduffers of Senior Years
    Memories are Made of This with Sinead McAleavey - Cosy Club- Clonduffers of Senior Years
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, 07 Mar
    Hilltown
    07 Mar 2024, 13:00 – 15:00
    Hilltown, Hilltown, Newry BT34, UK
    07 Mar 2024, 13:00 – 15:00
    Hilltown, Hilltown, Newry BT34, UK
    Join Storyteller Sinead McAleavey, Tumbling Paddy, for stories from days gone by with a chance to share one of your own tales or memories. This project is made possible by funding from National Lottery via the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
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  • Family Storytime in English and Irish  Part of Féile an Earraigh 2024 at Whiterock Library
    Family Storytime in English and Irish  Part of Féile an Earraigh 2024 at Whiterock Library
    Fri, 08 Mar
    Whiterock Library
    08 Mar 2024, 15:30 – 16:30
    Whiterock Library, Whiterock Rd, Whiterock Grove, Belfast BT12 7FW, UK
    08 Mar 2024, 15:30 – 16:30
    Whiterock Library, Whiterock Rd, Whiterock Grove, Belfast BT12 7FW, UK
    Join talented storyteller Aodan 'Jaff' MacSeafraidh to celebrate this year's Feile with stories and music in English and Irish. Jaff is a versatile teller of traditional stories and new story creations. As an uilleann piper, Jaff’s myths, legends, and fairy lore are woven with traditional music.
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  • Castlewellan Yarnspinners with Eamonn Keenan
    Castlewellan Yarnspinners with Eamonn Keenan
    Sat, 09 Mar
    Castlewellan Library
    09 Mar 2024, 12:00 – 13:30
    Castlewellan Library, Main St, Castlewellan BT31 9DA, UK
    09 Mar 2024, 12:00 – 13:30
    Castlewellan Library, Main St, Castlewellan BT31 9DA, UK
    Come away, come away, to hear ancient stories of gods and goddesses, heroes, the Sidh, fairies, ghosts, witches, Selkies, death and love. Eamonn invites you to join him as he tells tales to amuse and surprise. Contact Castlewellan library to book your place.
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  • Causeway Yarnspinners with  Janice Witherspoon
    Causeway Yarnspinners with  Janice Witherspoon
    Mon, 11 Mar
    Coleraine Library
    11 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Coleraine Library , Queen St, Coleraine BT52 1BE, UK
    11 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Coleraine Library , Queen St, Coleraine BT52 1BE, UK
    Janice Witherspoon has been working as a professional storyteller for more than 10 years. Entertaining audiences of all ages across Scotland, England and now back in her native Co. Antrim, Janice has a wide repertoire of legends and lore of these islands. Contact the library to book. £3 Donation.
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  • Memories are Made of this - Glenarm Friendship Group with Janice Witherspoon
    Memories are Made of this - Glenarm Friendship Group with Janice Witherspoon
    Multiple Dates
    Tue, 12 Mar
    Bridge Hall, Glenarm
    12 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 15:15
    Bridge Hall, Glenarm, Glenarm BT44, UK
    12 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 15:15
    Bridge Hall, Glenarm, Glenarm BT44, UK
    Join Storyteller, Janice Witherspoon, to hear stories of days gone by and maybe share a few tales or memories of your own. This project has been made possible by funding from the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
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  • Bangor Yarnspinners with Sinead Rice McAleavey
    Bangor Yarnspinners with Sinead Rice McAleavey
    Wed, 13 Mar
    Bangor Carnegie Library
    13 Mar 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Bangor Carnegie Library, Hamilton Rd, Bangor BT20 4LH, UK
    13 Mar 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Bangor Carnegie Library, Hamilton Rd, Bangor BT20 4LH, UK
    Sinead Rice McAleavey is an Ulster storytelling champion who tells stories of the Mournes and the legends of Ulster. Come along to hear her tales of times past. Contact the library to book your place. Suggested donation £3
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  • St Patrick's Day celebration at Banbridge Library with Michael Bird
    St Patrick's Day celebration at Banbridge Library with Michael Bird
    Thu, 14 Mar
    Banbridge Library
    14 Mar 2024, 13:30 – 14:30
    Banbridge Library, 23 Scarva Rd, Banbridge BT32 3AD, UK
    14 Mar 2024, 13:30 – 14:30
    Banbridge Library, 23 Scarva Rd, Banbridge BT32 3AD, UK
    Join storyteller and singer Michael Bird for songs and tales to celebrate St Patrick's Day.
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  • Lisburn City Library Yarnspinners with Claire McNichol
    Lisburn City Library Yarnspinners with Claire McNichol
    Wed, 20 Mar
    Lisburn City Library
    20 Mar 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Lisburn City Library , 23 Linenhall St, Antrim, Lisburn BT28 1FJ, UK
    20 Mar 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Lisburn City Library , 23 Linenhall St, Antrim, Lisburn BT28 1FJ, UK
    Claire NcNichol left Lisburn in late 1986 and has lived away from home since then, but she always welcomes the chance to leap back across the Causeway to tell stories and sing songs. Contact the Library to book your place. Suggested donation £3.
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  • Memories are Made of this with Madeline McCully and Learmount Luncheon Club
    Memories are Made of this with Madeline McCully and Learmount Luncheon Club
    Multiple Dates
    Thu, 21 Mar
    Learmount Community Centre
    21 Mar 2024, 12:00 – 14:00
    Learmount Community Centre , Learmount Road, Londonderry BT47 4BA, UK
    21 Mar 2024, 12:00 – 14:00
    Learmount Community Centre , Learmount Road, Londonderry BT47 4BA, UK
    Join Storyteller Madeline McCully to hear stories from days gone by and for the opportunity to share one of your own tales or memories. This project is made possible by funding from The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
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  • Tullycarnet Yarnspinners with Claire McNicol- Across the Causeway
    Tullycarnet Yarnspinners with Claire McNicol- Across the Causeway
    Thu, 21 Mar
    Tullycarnet Library
    21 Mar 2024, 20:00 – 21:30
    Tullycarnet Library, Kinross Avenue,, Kings Road, Belfast BT5 7GF, UK
    21 Mar 2024, 20:00 – 21:30
    Tullycarnet Library, Kinross Avenue,, Kings Road, Belfast BT5 7GF, UK
    Across the Causeway Claire left Lisburn in late 1986 and has lived away from home since then, but she always welcomes the chance to leap back across the Causeway to tell stories and sing songs. Contact library to book. Suggested donation £5
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  • Tales and Tunes in Lurgan Library with Sharon Dickson and Geoff Hatt.
    Tales and Tunes in Lurgan Library with Sharon Dickson and Geoff Hatt.
    Sat, 23 Mar
    Lurgan Library
    23 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 15:00
    Lurgan Library, 1 Carnegie St, Lurgan, Craigavon BT66 6AS, UK
    23 Mar 2024, 14:00 – 15:00
    Lurgan Library, 1 Carnegie St, Lurgan, Craigavon BT66 6AS, UK
    Join Storyteller Sharon Dickson and musician Geoff Hatt for an afternoon of tales and tunes. A Belfast born storyteller, Sharon’s warm and sincere style of sharing stories touches the heart. Geoff is a talented singer, songwriter, playwright and actor. Expect a fun afternoon. Book with the library.
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  • Causeway Yarnspinners with Sharon Dickson
    Causeway Yarnspinners with Sharon Dickson
    Mon, 08 Apr
    Coleraine Library
    08 Apr 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Coleraine Library , Queen St, Coleraine BT52 1BE, UK
    08 Apr 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Coleraine Library , Queen St, Coleraine BT52 1BE, UK
    Born and reared in Belfast, Sharon Dickson evokes memories of the past with her Belfast Blitz monologue which she has performed to audiences right across Northern Ireland. Her repertoire of folk tales from Ireland and beyond entertains listeners of all ages. Contact the library to book. £3 donation.
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  • Bangor Yarnspinners with Denise Weir
    Bangor Yarnspinners with Denise Weir
    Wed, 10 Apr
    Bangor Carnegie Library
    10 Apr 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Bangor Carnegie Library, Hamilton Rd, Bangor BT20 4LH, UK
    10 Apr 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Bangor Carnegie Library, Hamilton Rd, Bangor BT20 4LH, UK
    Denise Weir lives in Larne and shares her stories in a warm and engaging style, often while working on crafts such as patchwork or felting during courses which she teaches to lucky listeners. Contact the library to book your place. Suggested donation £3.
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  • Lisburn City Library Yarnspinners with Shonaleigh
    Lisburn City Library Yarnspinners with Shonaleigh
    Wed, 17 Apr
    Lisburn City Library
    17 Apr 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Lisburn City Library , 23 Linenhall St, Antrim, Lisburn BT28 1FJ, UK
    17 Apr 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Lisburn City Library , 23 Linenhall St, Antrim, Lisburn BT28 1FJ, UK
    Shonaleigh is a drut’syla (storyteller) from the Yiddish oral tradition. She has worked as a storyteller within the secular world for the past 30 years across the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, United States and New Zealand. Contact the library to book your place. Suggested donation £3.
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  • Tullycarnet Yarnspinners with Shonaleigh
    Tullycarnet Yarnspinners with Shonaleigh
    Thu, 18 Apr
    Tullycarnet Library
    18 Apr 2024, 20:00 – 21:30
    Tullycarnet Library , Kinross Avenue,, Kings Road, Belfast BT5 7GF, UK
    18 Apr 2024, 20:00 – 21:30
    Tullycarnet Library , Kinross Avenue,, Kings Road, Belfast BT5 7GF, UK
    Shonaleigh is a drut’syla (storyteller) from the Yiddish oral tradition. She has worked as a storyteller within the secular world for the past 30 years across the UK, Europe, Scandinavia, United States and New Zealand. Contact library to book. Suggested donation £5
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  • Bangor Yarnspinners with Sal Tonge
    Bangor Yarnspinners with Sal Tonge
    Wed, 08 May
    Bangor Carnegie Library
    08 May 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Bangor Carnegie Library, Hamilton Rd, Bangor BT20 4LH, UK
    08 May 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Bangor Carnegie Library, Hamilton Rd, Bangor BT20 4LH, UK
    Sally Tonge is popular Shropshire based storyteller, musician and community artist. She works across the UK and beyond with listeners of all ages and tells stories combined with music. Contact the library to book your place. Suggested donation £3.
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  • Causeway Yarnspinners with John Savage
    Causeway Yarnspinners with John Savage
    Mon, 13 May
    Coleraine Library
    13 May 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Coleraine Library , Queen St, Coleraine BT52 1BE, UK
    13 May 2024, 14:00 – 16:00
    Coleraine Library , Queen St, Coleraine BT52 1BE, UK
    John Savage first became involved with storytelling while working at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum . John has a great love for traditional tales especially ones with a bit of humour. Contact the library to book. Suggested donation £3.
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  • Lisburn City Library Yarnspinners with Simone Schȗmmelfeder
    Lisburn City Library Yarnspinners with Simone Schȗmmelfeder
    Wed, 15 May
    Lisburn City Library
    15 May 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Lisburn City Library , 23 Linenhall St, Antrim, Lisburn BT28 1FJ, UK
    15 May 2024, 14:30 – 16:00
    Lisburn City Library , 23 Linenhall St, Antrim, Lisburn BT28 1FJ, UK
    Simone is a storyteller and writer from Germany. Her hometown of Beverungen is close to the Fairy Tale Road which runs all through Germany and connects the settings of various Grimm fairy tales. Contact the library tobook your place. Suggested donation £3.
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The recordings of storytellers made at Tullycarnet in 1993 are available on a double CD.

All proceeds go to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Storytelling Audio

A playlist of some very talented storytellers. This is a valuable archive of the times, many of the story tellers are no longer with us, so this is their legacy as well.

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