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September 2020

POSTPONED ‘Unruly Woman’ at Sheffield Story Forge

September 15, 2020 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Unruly Woman       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 Adam might redress. (Geoffrey Chaucer, The Wife of Bath’s Prologue). Storyteller and academic Daisy Black presents indecorous assortment of medieval tales from around Europe about women who gain…

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POSTPONED ‘Broken Shells’ at Shaggy Dog Storytellers

September 25, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Information, start time and tickets: http://www.shaggydogstorytellers.com/   Broken Shells: A Medieval Sea Story In a little room in Rome, a bride sits at her window.  The deep windowsill is covered with litter – a scrap of dried seaweed, the jagged edge of a pink scallop, scattered grains of sand. Her eyes are fixed on the ocean outside. She has always loved the sea. But now the day has come.  Yesterday, she wept.  She wept to be sent away from friends…

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November 2020

Mappa Mundi: An online storytelling adventure for the Being Human Festival

November 20, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

‘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 and medievalist Daisy Black takes you on a tour around the medieval map of the world. A show full of marvels, saints and giants, heroes and devils, grisly cannibals and Norwegian skiers. Weaving together medieval maps and travel writing…

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March 2021

Unruly Woman for Live to your Living Room @LiveToYourLR

March 26, 2021 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm

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 the upper hand – or, occasionally, the upper arse. These are stories of sex, of disguise and deception, of arse-kissing, and of women finding creative,…

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June 2021

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

June 4, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
£8 – £12

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… Daisy Black is an academic and renowned wordsmith, who’s storytelling weaves medieval narratives together with English folk song.  Often moving, occasionally political, frequently feminist, just a…

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‘Broken Shells’ for the Waveney Valley Folk Collective

June 17, 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Online
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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 lands and people, and carve paths for herself among strange cultures, the strongest of Chaucer’s heroines strings her strength across the oceans, telling us what…

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September 2021

Unruly Woman at Medieval Music in the Dales

September 10, 2021 @ 8:00 am - September 12, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

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/

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November 2021

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

November 1, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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 Adam might redress. (Geoffrey Chaucer, The Wife of Bath’s Prologue). Storyteller and academic Daisy Black presents indecorous assortment of medieval tales from around Europe about…

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Nine Days’ Wonder for Leamington Literary Society

November 9, 2021 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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 Morrice-dauncers, high Head-borough of heighs, and only tricker of your Trill lilles, and best belshangles’. Never afraid to upstage his peers, Kempe began his journey…

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

November 10, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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 media, film and performance. When I’m annoyed about something, I promise somebody important that I will do something about it in a year and a…

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