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August 2018

Broken Shells at Sidmouth Folk Week

August 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - August 10, 2018 @ 5:00 pm

More details to be confirmed soon. 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 who care for her, sent to be…

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September 2018

Unruly Woman at Stafford Knot Storytelling Club

September 11, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
The Bird in Hand, 1 Victoria Square
Stafford, ST16 2AQ
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Storyteller and academic Daisy Black presents 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, naughty and cunning ways to overcome the restrictions placed upon them by their gender and class. Interlacing medieval fabliaux and romance with bawdy folk songs, this one-woman performance pays homage to literature’s original ‘nasty women’.

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The Bayeux Tapestry: The Full Yarn in front of the English Bayeux Tapestry at Reading Museum

September 26, 2018 @ 4:30 am - 6:00 pm

A thrilling chance to see 'The Full Yarn' in front of the Reading Bayeux Tapestry. Horses are dyed of a different hue, and woollen castrations might occur. This is a private event as part of a Marie Skodowska-Curie Fellowship-funded conference on gender and medieval castles. Details on how to register for this important and timely conference to be released soon.

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December 2018

Unruly Woman at the University of London

December 5, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

A performance and workshop as part of the UoL's medievalism seminar.  More details to be announced soon.

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February 2019

The Bayeux Tapestry: the Full Yarn at Wolverhampton Literature Festival

February 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Bantock House, Finchfield Road
Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ
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£6 – £8

The beasts of battle gather in the tapestry borders. Ravens, wolves, eagles. All creatures – common, fantastic, wild, domestic – hold their stitched breath as the battle gathers Waiting.   Until at last, William and Harold face each other over some few feet of linen. The embroidered King wants to finish his church at Westminster.  The English Earl and Norman Duke want the English throne.  The hawk wants to be out in the fields, hunting for mice. Storyteller Daisy Black…

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Unruly Woman at Wolverhampton Literature Festival

February 3 @ 8:30 pm - 9:50 pm
Bantock House, Finchfield Road
Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ
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£6 – £8

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 an indecorous assortment of medieval tales from around Europe about women who gain the upper hand – or, occasionally,…

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March 2019

Myth Off at Leeds Lit Fest (Leeds Storytelling Takeover)

March 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Carriageworks Theatre, 3 Millennium Square
Leeds, LS2 3AD
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£10

Adverse Camber productions in association with Carriageworks Theatre present Leeds Storytelling Takeover A wild night of competing mythologies with one MC, two teams, heaps of myths, and YOU vote for the winner. Invented by Clare Murphy, the Myth Off has played in London, Stockholm, Oslo, Budapest and California. It is a raucous night of three themed rounds of mythologies, where legendary storytellers pit their stories against each other and the audience votes on the winner. Previous themes include Monsters You…

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Unruly Woman at Flixton Trad, Manchester

March 27 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Flixton Cricket & Sports Club, Lawrence Road, Flixton
Manchester, United Kingdom
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£8 – £10

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 the upper hand – or, occasionally, the upper…

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May 2019

Wolverhampton Artsfest Launch Party

May 9 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Light House, Wolverhampton, Suite 16, Chubb Bldg, Fryer St,
Wolverhampton, WV1 1HT
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Free

I’m telling two stories at the ArtsFest launch. ‘Arachne’ is a shape-changing story from the Roman poet Ovid featuring a surprisingly petty Goddess of Wisdom, a peasant girl who uses her weaving to call the Gods to account, and rather a lot of yarn. ‘Bisclavret’ is a medieval werewolf story by twelfth-century poet Marie de France about an exasperated wife and a king who is a little too fond of his new pet wolf.

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June 2019

‘Nine Days Wonder’ at Stonesfield Folk Dance Weekend

June 8 @ 11:45 am - 3:00 pm

Mixing storytelling with dance, Daisy Black will tell the tall tale of Will Kempe’s audacious dance over 125 miles from London to Norwich in 1599. Never afraid to upstage his peers, Kempe began his journey as a means of raising money and publicity after falling out with Shakespeare’s company. The ultimate battle of Wills. This performance will be interwoven with contemporary and theme-appropriate dances called by Andrew Swaine.

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