Medievalist, storymaker, theatre director, folk dance teacher, BBC / AHRC New Generation Thinker
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March 2020

Mappa Mundi at King’s College, London CANCELLED due to UCU strike (will be rescheduled for 2021).

March 10, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
KCL Strand campus, London

‘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 Hereford’s Mappa Mundi.  This incredible map from 1300 is full of marvels, including saints and giants, heroes and devils, grisly cannibals and Norwegian skiers.  Weaving together medieval maps and travel writing…

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A Modern Decameron: Online Story Festival: Ten Days, a Hundred Stories

March 27, 2020 - April 7, 2020

27th March – 7th April 2020 In Boccaccio's 14th century story collection, ‘the Decameron’, a group of friends hunkered down in a villa to wait out the plague. They passed the time by telling stories. Ten characters told a story each over ten days, with one person acting as story monarch for that day.   To bring some light to these similarly lurgy-ridden times, medievalist and storyteller Daisy Black has co-ordinated a modern Decameron of tales. Storytellers old and new…

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July 2020

POSTPONED Storytelling at the Middle Ages in the Modern Wold (MAMO) Conference, University of London

July 1, 2020 - July 3, 2020

Show and details to be confirmed.

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Broken Shells: A medieval cyber sea story in aid of refugee charity Hope Projects

July 8, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

7pm, 8th July 2020 In association with Leeds International Medieval Congress and Hope Projects To join: Follow Daisy’s storytelling page for the Facebook Live link, which will be published a few days before the performance: https://www.facebook.com/DaisyEBlack/live/ This performance will be available on Facebook for 48 hours after the live screening for those in different time zones. Custance has always loved the sea. But now the day has come. Yesterday, she wept. She wept to be sent away from friends who…

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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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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