NEWSLETTER - SPRING 2016
We hope you have had an enjoyable Easter break, and managed to find some good weather somewhere.
After the excitement of our wonderful 21st Birthday weekend, we want to thank everyone who came and made it such a special occasion. Our guests, Amy Douglas and Lucy Wells on Friday evening, and Shonaleigh on Saturday and Sunday, did us proud, and made us realise how lucky we were to be able to invite such talented storytellers to come to the club. They are all steeped in the art of the tradition, and practice their craft with great skill. Not that our guests were the only stars! We had a brilliant story-ceilidh on Saturday afternoon, with a great turn-out of visiting and resident tellers, who proved that the oral tradition is being kept well and truly alive in Manchester!
We have a great programme for the rest of the year, with guests including John Sullivan-Blakeney, Emily Hennessey, Dave Tonge, Helen East and Rick Wilson, and Debs Newbold. There will also be a couple of storyrounds, and an evening featuring Spooky Tales from Friends of Word of Mouth, as well a set from Word of Mouth themselves.
NEWS: Our small team at Word of Mouth has been enhanced by Tom Hughes, an experienced storyteller, who loves telling historical tales. Tom is also a medievalist and curator at Norton Priory Museum, and is a mean player of early music on the bagpipes! We are delighted to welcome him to our storytelling company.
Tom has already been busy helping us with our IT and social media presence, creating a basic website for us which replaces our previous moribund site. The website will be improved in the next few weeks, and will have information about the club and our programme regularly updated.
As a consequence of looking back over the last 21 years, we were amazed to find that we last reviewed our door prices in 2008! Our margins have gradually eroded, and we have sadly had to come to the conclusion that we must ask a little more from our audience to ensure that we are able to continue with the high standards that have been established over the years. As from April 2016, in line with most other storytelling clubs, our charge will be £7.00 for waged and £5.00 for unwaged. We hope that those of you who attend will recognise that for the quality and quantity of entertainment we provide, it is not an unreasonable increase after 8 years!
We look forward to welcoming you to Word of Mouth soon,
With very best wishes from us all,
Honor, Helen and Tom