Derry embraces ‘World Storytelling Day’

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If storytelling is your thing then get yourself to the little thatched cottage in Derry’s Craft Village on Thursday evening.

Ten well known storytellers will perform their own individual stories through the mediums of prose, verse and music.

WHAT'S THE STORY? - Madeline McCully (left) and Patsy Devine ahead of Thursday's World Storytelling event in the thatched cottage in Derry's Craft Village. (DER1414SL601) Photo: Stephen Latimer

WHAT'S THE STORY? - Madeline McCully (left) and Patsy Devine ahead of Thursday's World Storytelling event in the thatched cottage in Derry's Craft Village. (DER1414SL601) Photo: Stephen Latimer

The event is organised by Storytellers of Ireland and it is the first time it has ever been held in Derry. It has been organised by the Playhouse Theatre.

Well known local storyteller, Madeline McCully, is a member of Storytellers of Ireland.

Madeline said she was delighted to be taking part in the event and added that she hoped it would help to generate a fresh interest in the art of storytelling.

“I remember storytelling was a big part of my childhood growing up.

“It was how we would have entertained ourselves when we were young. I used to love listening to all of the old stories growing up.

“I hope as many people as possible come along to Thursday’s event. It is completely free and it’s sure to be a great night.

“I’d be delighted if some younger people were to come along because I think we have lost our love of storytelling and it would be nice if we were to get some of that back again.”

Also taking part in Thursday’s celebration of storytelling will be local musician Patsy Devine. Patsy has experience of working in the education sector and believes storytelling can help to foster an interest in the creative arts.

“It’s an absolute privilege to be involved in this project. I am really looking forward to it and I hope plenty of people come along to hear our stories. There’ll be plenty of craic and plenty of fun.

“It’d be great to see young people getting involved as we want to encourage as many people as possible to get involved with the creative arts.”

The World Storytelling Day will take place in the thatched cottage in the Craft Village on Thursday March 20 at 8pm. For more information contact the Playhouse Theatre on 028 71 268027.