HERE ARE PAST EVENTS that were actually featured
on the website, this might give you ideas!.....
PAST EVENTS in 2004 / 2003
December 2004, Moors
Valley Country Park and Forest ten miles north of Bournemouth.
Family Event ,"Tales
by the Tree" 7pm - 9pm Cost: £6.50 per adult and £4.50
per child. Age(s): Adults. Join story teller Mike O'Leary around
the Moors Valley Christmas Tree for a magical Christmas tale.
A real treat for all the family. Mulled wine or hot chocolate
and mince pies included. See also February 2005 event "A
27 November 2004. Winchester City Museum.
O'Leary, otherwise known as the Hagstone Storyteller, is to visit
the City Museum in Winchester to tell tall tales, yarns and legends
of old Winchester.
Come along and hear a traditional storyteller weave
his tales of fearsome giants, heroes and pooks, all with a local
flavour, for a family audience.
Prepare to be entertained with the legend of the
Viking giant Colbrand who fought the English hero Guy of Warwick
on Danemark Field just outside the Winchester City Walls. Hear
the gruesome saga of Sigmund and the wolf, carved by King Canute
onto the walls of his cathedral in Winchester, and, discover more
about the mysterious sleepers under the hill!
Michael O'Leary is based in Southampton, but his
stories are influenced by traditional folk tales from across the
British Isles and beyond.
"Mike aims to bring alive local places, legendary
events and ancient museum objects in the imaginations of his audience."
said Sher Kent, visitor services manager at Winchester City Council's
Museums Service, "The day promises to include exciting and
spooky stories mixed with a little bit of music and a great deal
Tales commence on Saturday 27 November 2004 at
11.00, 12.30, 2.00, and 3.30 pm. Admission to this special event
is free and no booking is required, just turn up!
For more information contact Winchester Museums
Service on 01962 848269, e-mail links given on their website here
4 November. Worthing College, Sussex 15:00. - 17:30
For people working in the early years sector there is a workshop
from 18:30 - 21:00. Tel: 01903 707605 www.worthing.ac.uk
31 October. Halloween storytelling at Portsmouth
City Museum, Museum Road, Portsmouth. 13:00 - 16:00. Tel: 02392
31 October."Spooky Stories". Itchen Valley
Country Park, Allington Lane, West End, Southampton. 19:00 - 20:30
Tel: 02380 475082
Saturday 30th October. SNELLSMOOR COMMON, Berkshire. Storytelling
Workshops at Snelsmore Common, Newbury
PDF EVENT LEAFLET There will now also be Halloween storytelling
there in the evening
29 October. Portchester Library.
PDF EVENT LEAFLET 11:00 - 12:00 and 12.30 - 13:30
26 October. Netley Library. 11:00 - 12:00 and 14:00 - 14:30
21 October. For people working in the early years sector there
is a workshop from 18:30 - 21:00 at Worthing College, Sussex.
Tel: 01903 707605 www.worthing.ac.uk
16th Oct. Nautical tales from the Royal
Marines Museum, Southsea. Held in "The Heyday of
Tel: 02392 819385
12 September. Testwood Lakes Nature Reserve, Totton,
Southampton. Open day for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife
Trust, 10.30 - 4.0. Tel: 02380 667929
18th September. Stour
Valley Festival, Bournemouth. A celebration of traditional
crafts and local/organic produce. Tel: 01202 535140.
PDF EVENT LEAFLET
26 September. Joydens Wood, Dartford for North
West Kent Countryside Partnership. Joydens Wood is off Summerhouse
Drive which can be reached from Junctions 2 or 3 off the M25.
13:00 - 17:00 Tel: 01322 294727
Mike was FULLY committed on PRIVATE appearances
for August 2004, sorry! Oh and in India too!
1st July. Should you happen to be a headteacher in Monmouthshire,
I'll be a telling a few stories after dinner at the Monmouthshire
3rd July. Summer Fayre - Castle
Hill Junior School, Basingstoke.
Sunday 4th July: Botley Summer Festival Phone:
10th July. St. Mary's Festival, Southampton. Tel: 02380 330869
17th and 18th July 2004. Overton
Sheep Fair. Tel: 01256 773377
28th July 2004 14:00-15:00... Mike will be at the
P.A.T. 2004 Annual
Conference in Bournemouth. | Top
members of the Professional Association of Teachers, Mike will
be carrying out a seminar on storytelling from 2.0 p.m - 3.0 p.m
on Wednesday 28th July, 2004. This is part of the PAT annual conference
( 26th July - 29th July) and will be held at the Royal Bath Hotel,
Bournemouth. For PAT details the web site is www.pat.org.uk,
2nd June 2004 (and also 16th Oct). Nautical tales from
Marines Museum, Southsea. Tel: 02392 819385
Held in "The Heyday of Sail" Gallery
5th June. If you are a tenant of Testway
Housing I will be telling stories at the Family Funday at
12th June. Snelgrove Common, Berkshire. Storytelling
Workshops at Snelsmore Common, Newbury
"Telling Tales" 22nd May at the Russell-Cotes Art
Gallery Bournemouth Download
Mike was honoured to be invited to formally open this event
at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museaum on the 22nd May
Parish Council's Countryside Team organise this fun day for all
the family at Catherington Lith Local Nature Reserve in May each year.
From the Website:: "This FREE event, now a regular
feature of the Parish Council's activities calendar, runs from 10am
to 4pm and always promises to be a great day out in the local countryside
for children and adults.
The activities and events change a little each year.
At previous fairs children and adults have enjoyed displays by the local
falconers, The Purbrook Bowmen and historical re-enactment groups alongside
more hands on activities. Chainsaw sculptor, Simon Bartlam has been
with us in the noisy area whilst in quieter woodland settings Hagstone
storyteller, Mike O'Leary has captured young imaginations. Other past
displays have included charcoal making, pole lathe turning and a host
of local wildlife and conservation groups such as local Bat groups,
Butterfly Conservation and East Hampshire Badger Group."
11th May 2004 Aldershot
Library. Storytelling for children.. The starting time is 9.30 a.m.Tel:
1st May. The Arts Institute, Bournemouth. "Telling
Junior Art School.
Mike chats with helpers from "College Jeanne d'Arc - Saint
before telling stories to students from the college at Burley
Youth Hostel in the New Forest. On the last evening of April the
students, familiar with the forest of Fontainebleau, listened
to stories from the New Forest
25th April. Grange
Farm, Little Woodham Lane, Rowner, Gosport. Part of Wildlife,
Gardening and Mammal Day. Tel: 02392 588666
14th April 2004: Liphook
Library. Storytelling for children. Tel: 01428 723068
31st January 2004: "Storytelling at the Wayside",
Whitchurch, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, HR9 6DJ.
Content not appropriate for children. For details talk
to Richard or Nick on 01600 890442, or email:
See the website at www.waysideb-b.co.uk
PDF of the flyer is HERE
Thursday 11th December 2003 at 8:00PM: "Stories
of Insomniac Fish"
Purbeck Gazette Article on a Past Event at the
"S&C" click on the photo for a version you might
just be able to read!
Mike will be told stories of insomniac fish at the "Square
& Compass", no cover charge. The Square & Compass
overlooks the Channel at Worth
Matravers in Purbeck
......'A welcome return by Mike to the "Square &
21st & 22nd December 2003: "Story telling and
On Sunday 21st and Monday 22nd December there will be
storytelling and music from me at the Royal Marines Museum, Southsea
and a visit from Father Christmas!
Friday 12th December 2003 18:30: "Stories
for the Dark Season"
'Stories for the Dark Season. From Hollow Hills, Stagnant
Ponds and Hilltop Tombs'. The
The Earthhouse, Cranbourne
"Stories for the Dark Season, From Hollow Hills,
Stagnant Ponds and Hilltop Tombs"
Friday 12th December 2003 at 18:30
Why not view and save a flyer for this event here
(PDF file needs Acrobat Reader))
ALSO: Download or view a Full Colour Brochure as a 1.1MB
( 4 Minutes @ 56k) PDF file here.
this may also need
but you can get Adobe Acrobat Reader
here for free!
From the Dorset County Council Website about the event:
"Michael O'Leary, otherwise known as the Hagstone
Storyteller, comes from a background of Irish, Welsh and English ancestry
and was raised in Scotland and the west of England; which may be why
so many of his stories are rooted in the West Country. Mike's particular
aim is to encourage people to recognise the stories that they have rattling
around in their own heads! The evening promises to include some gruesome,
spooky stories but also music and a great deal of laughter. Hear the
story of the crumbling skeletons found in Waylands Smithy, of Jenny
Greenteeth lurking in the millpond; hear how flight was possible between
the west of Ireland and Corfe Castle five hundred years before Ryanair,
and listen to the story of the copperaxe.
Michael O'Leary has travelled the length and breadth of his own
back garden, and occasionally as far as the nearest pub, in his search
26th/27th/28th November 2003
For teachers and librarians: a workshop which was an optional part
of the Hampshire Primary English Conference. The conference featured
the Children's Laureate Michael
Morpurgo at the Apollo Hotel, Basingstoke (location info here)
on the 26th November 2003 and the Botley Grange Hotel (approximate
location info here)
on the 27th and 28th November.
PRE NOVEMBER 2003?
SADLY the following events are listed without a lot
of "webby content" (as before this date Mikes Webmaster (me)
thought that Mikes only function in life was to drive his daughter to
the violin ("fiddle" as MIke calls it) lessons my partner
Portsmouth City Museum - "Out to Lunch". 2nd
November 2003. Tel: 02392 827261
Halloween Storytelling for families. Itchen Valley Country
Park, Southampton. 31st October 2003 Tel: 02380 475082
"Reading, Riting and Rumpus, Basingstoke."
Festival Place Shopping Centre. 31st October 2003.
"Hollow Hills and a Winter Moon; Stories from the
Turn of the Seasons." Evening storytelling session for adults. Charminster
Library, Bournemouth. Tel: 01202 454827
Apple Day. Hermitage Wildlife Garden, Gosport. Gosport
Borough Council. 02392 580181
Royal Marines Museum Southsea. 11 & 12 Oct 2003
Tel: 02392 819385
Warwick Words Festival. Teachers workshop and storytelling
at Warwick Museum. 2nd & 3rd August 2003. Tel: 01926 412132/412021
Strouden Library, Bournemouth. Storytelling for children.
Tel: 01202 454827
Lower Test Nature Reserve, Southampton. Hampshire and
Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. 21st September 2003. Tel:02380 688910
Zions Hill Copse, Chandlers Ford. Community Woodfair.
30th August 2003. tel: 01264 368899 www.testvalley.gov.uk
Beacon Hill, Basingstoke, 10th August 2003. Basingstoke
Festival. Tel: 01256 845684 www.basingstoke.gov.uk/festival
Portsmouth City Museum - "Try Something Different,
Learn a New Skill". Storytelling sessions to encourage people to
tell their own stories. 7th August: 2003. Tel: 02392 827261 www.portsmouthmuseums.co.uk
(bad link rebuilt 10.10.2004)
Forest Bus Children's Event, Gang Warily Recreation Ground,
Fawley, 6th August 2003 & New Milton Youth Centre, 8th August 2003.
Tel: 02380 243888. - New Forest and Romsey Mobile Community Project.
Portsmouth Central Library. 26th July 2003. Tel: 02392
Larmer Tree Festival, Tollard Royal. 20th July 2003.
Tel: 01725 552300 www.larmertree.co.uk
Home-Zone Consultation Day, Parsonage Road, Northam,
Southampton. Children's storytelling in the middle of the road! 19th
July 2003. Tel: 02380 635083
Dot dot dot...
For pre Summer 2003 stuff, you can take a look at the newspaper
cuttings for some of the press coverage Mike has acrued in the past,
that is of course if you are a Luddite
who uses Adobe Acrobat. ( I believe both Mike & I prefer the
Rioters to the Luddites as they had far better dress sense - engraving
left from the Illustrated London News. 1843 )