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Tailspin Presents...Night of the Storyteller


07:30 PM

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On Thursday 18th Sept, TailSpin presents a pulse-quickening, funny-bone-tickling, imagination-prickling evening of stories and live music.


"Eighty days ago I was an egg.
Nothing you can say
will interest me.
My name is Heron.
The river is enough."

This is the crossing place between earth and water, where shapes shift and words come bound in feathers and scales. As fluid as water, lively as reflection, moody as river mist, Riverlands is a new spoken-word piece by storyteller Jo Blake Cave and poet Jo Bell. Foxes, kingfishers, narrowboaters and anglers speak for the river in a mesmerising mixture of story and poem, mythology and history, that will have you dashing to the riverbanks to immerse yourself in the watery otherworld of Riverlands.

Jo Blake Cave performs nationally and internationally as a solo artist and collaborator. In 2009 she was the youngest storyteller to be nominated for an Arts Foundation Fellowship Award and was Resident Storyteller at Royal & Derngate theatre from 2010 - 2013. Recent shows include: ‘The Girl Who Became A Boy’ – a wondertale translocated o a post-apocalyptic landscape, with musical duo Glowglobes; ‘We Are Pathmakers’ – weaving together story, archaeology, nursery rhyme, and legend; and 'Ecology for Girls', commissioned by The Crick Crack Club – a window on the current environmental crisis through the Bloddeuwydd myth. She is cofounder of Talking Skull Collective - a network of international storytellers - and is currently studying for a PhD at the University of Chichester, researching emergent performance storytelling practices.

Jo Bell is the UK’s first Canal Laureate, appointed by the Poetry Society and the Canal and River Trust - just right for an ex-archaeologist who lives on a 67ft narrowboat called Tinker. Spectacularly, her poetry has been carved onto a lock in Milnsbridge, near Huddersfield. She is also a Trustee and sometime programmer at Ledbury Poetry Festival, and for six years she directed the UK’s National Poetry Day. As a keen collaborator, she has worked on The Companion Stones, filmpoems with Alastair Cook and poetry show Fourpenny Circus. She has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and 2, and as Cheshire Poet Laureate her play First Person was performed at Chester Literature Festival. She performs and leads workshops all over the UK. Her first collection, Navigation, is out now.

Plus music to be announced soon!
Short stories from Joe Fraser and other tellers.

Come early to check out The Miller’s delicious menu and to sample their excellent selection of beers, wines and cocktails...

DATE: Thursday 18th September
TIME: Doors at 7pm for a 7.30pm start
LOCATION: Upstairs at The Miller, 96 Snowsfields Road, London Bridge, SE1 3SS
TICKETS: £7 on door. 50p off for cyclists! Reservation recommended.
CONTACT: To reserve a seat please contact Alex at

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