Medievalist, storymaker, theatre director, folk dance teacher, BBC / AHRC New Generation Thinker

Unruly Woman for Live to your Living Room @LiveToYourLR

By God, if women had written stories As clerks have in their studies They would have written more of men’s wickedness Than all the mark of Adam might redress. (Geoffrey Chaucer, The Wife of Bath’s Prologue). Storyteller and academic Daisy Black presents an indecorous assortment of medieval tales from around Europe about women who gain […]

Queer Tales – Pride Month story circle @Live to Your Living Room

Come and join us for Queer Tales, an evening of LGBTQ+ themed stories, in celebration of Pride Month. We’ll be joined by a host of storytellers, each excellent performers in their own right, coming together for the evening to share their own unique stories and tales. More performers will be added below as they are confirmed… […]

£8 – £12

‘Broken Shells’ for the Waveney Valley Folk Collective

Online

Storyteller and academic Daisy Black brings to life Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale – a tale of love, fear, passion, violence and the queer, cold seas which roil and coil between nations. Custance, who has beauty without pride, youth without foolishness and strength without tyranny, finds herself cast adrift at sea. Forced to endure hostile […]

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Unruly Woman at Medieval Music in the Dales

Times and dates for the 2021 Medieval Music in the Dales still to be confirmed.  Keep an eye on their website: https://www.medievalmusicinthedales.co.uk/

‘Unruly Woman’ at International Society for the Study of Medievalism Conference

Online, 6-7.15pm Eastern Time (US)       It is impossible      That any clerk speak well of women.      Who painted the lion, tell me, who?      By God, if women had written stories      As clerks have in their studies      They would have written more of men’s wickedness      Than all the mark of […]

Nine Days’ Wonder for Leamington Literary Society

The Oddfellows Hall, 22 New Street, Leamington Spa CV31 1HP   The tall tale of Will Kempe’s audacious dance of over 125 miles from London to Norwich in 1599.  Star of the London stage, Will Kempe is the sort of man who felt no shame going about town introducing himself as: ‘Cavaliero Kemp, head-master of […]

Lecture: Diverse women said diverse things…A medieval storyteller’s account of research, performance, and shipping Chaucer’s heroines

Online

This lecture shares some challenges I have encountered as a researcher and a performance storyteller of medieval material that is often misogynist and racist. In 2015, I was frustrated that the medieval gender and race studies research I had been immersed in throughout my academic studies of medieval literature rarely filters through to mainstream medievalist […]

Unlocking the Word Hoard: A Medieval Storytelling Workshop at Wolverhampton Literature Festival

Bantock House Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton

Develop the skills needed to break down any story for performance, learn how to adapt old tales for modern audiences, and address the problems inherent in telling stories from the medieval past. This workshop is aimed at story lovers aged 13 to 130 who are interested in learning to spin yarns of their own. Workshop leader […]

£10

Nine Days’ Wonder at Wolverhampton Literature Festival

Bantock House Finchfield Road, Wolverhampton

The tall tale of Will Kempe’s audacious dance of over 125 miles from London to Norwich in 1599.  Star of the London stage, Will Kempe is the sort of man who felt no shame going about town introducing himself as: ‘Cavaliero Kemp, head-master of Morrice-dauncers, high Head-borough of heighs, and only tricker of your Trill […]

£8.50

‘Mappa Mundi’ at the Mandeville 700 conference (KCL)

‘Here, I found beasts like minotaurs, useful for war’. Let the twelve winds blow you to the far corners of the Earth; meet mermaids and mandrakes; and follow the trail of Adam’s burnt footprints all the way back to Eden. Storyteller Daisy Black takes you on a tour around the medieval map of the world. […]