“ Local circle affiliated to the national society for storytellers. „
Where else could you have so much fun for just 50p? Ok, so it's a bit more than that if you're tempted by a few beers while you're there, but it's still a definite bargain. It's all so easy these days to think of storytelling as 'something you do for kids' - well, let me tell you now it's not all like that. The Gippeswic Storytelling Circle is a local group affiliated to the Society For Storytellers, a national society that links together storytellers and listeners from all over britain. The members range from people who tell stories to thier kids to flamboyant entertainers that tour folk festivals and suchlike entertaining hoards of revellers. Even just within Ipswich there is a wide array of storytelling talent. Some of the regulars are the sort of calibre that perform at local festivals and open days while others are rank amateurs who do it just for the pleasure. It really is a pleasure too. There are few nicer ways to spend an evening than sitting in a warm snug little room with a glass of your favourite tipple and feeling the hairs on the back of your neck tingle as Robin recounts a spooky tale - or laughing along with the others at one of Jill's comic folk tales. There's no pressure on anyone to do any more than listen, although for most the temptation to share a tale soon becomes too much and after a couple of months you find yourself drawn into the telling circle to inspire your own share of laughs and shivers. That's when it moves beyond just being a fun night out and becomes addictive. The stories are incredibly varied, folk tales from all over the world, urban myths picked up from the internet, traditional myths and legends, creepy ghost stories, new stories made up on the spot, modern fairy tales, personal anecdotes and retellings of old favourites are just some of the different categories that crop at these sessions. Usually there are no restrictions and eve ryone is free to tell whatever they choose, but sometimes a theme is chosen and all the stories have something in common be it wolves, ghosts or winter or anything else you can think of. If you're interested, just take yourself down to the Brewery Tap at around 7.30 - 8pm on the 3rd Monday of any month. Ask at the bar or just listen out for 'once upon a time....'