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Thursday 9th July, 8:30-10:30 PM

Kathy Wallis, Jean Atkin, Joseph Sobol, Kate Innes.

Kathy Wallis Jean Atkin Joseph Sobol Kate Innes

Kathy Wallis

Kathy Wallis is a Bard of the Cornish Gorsedh for her services to Folk Arts. A storyteller and singer of traditional songs she has been a well-known face at festivals across the country for a great many years. Working in conjunction with a range of musicians Kathy, has written and performed story and song cycles including the lives of Hedd Wynn, Ellis Evans, the Welsh poet, Joan Wytte, the witch from Boscastle Museum and more recently Anne Jefferies. In recent weeks she has used the lockdown to produce a series of ‘rambling thoughts and experiences’ from her life in a remote hamlet on Bodmin Moor. Kathy has told her tales in many countries including the USA and Canada and has run workshops on Storytelling in Education at the Gibraltar Literary Festival.

Last year she collaborated with a group of storytellers on The Tales of John Kneebone, recounting the numerous ways in which this ne’er do well may, or may not, have lost his leg on his meanderings across Cornwall, which was published in September 2019, and is available for purchase.

Jean Atkin

Jean Atkin's new collection is How Time is in Fields (IDP, May 2019). Her poetry has featured on BBC Radio 4’s Ramblings with Claire Balding, and recent work appears in The Rialto, Magma, The Moth, Lighthouse and Agenda. In 2019 she was Troubadour of the Hills for Ledbury Poetry Festival, and BBC National Poetry Day Poet for Shropshire.

She works as a poet in education and community. Usually that takes her into schools, care homes, festivals, museums and libraries – but since March she’s running online poetry courses – The Poetry Wire. Her books are available from and from her publishers.

Joseph Sobol

Storyteller, music-maker, folklorist, and author Joseph Daniel Sobol is an artist and scholar of wide-ranging accomplishments.

During eleven years while based in Chicago Joseph developed a ground-breaking four-finger technique for playing the driving rhythms and intricate ornamentation of traditional Irish and Celtic music on cittern, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. He toured the country from 1994 through 1999 with his award-winning musical theatre piece In the Deep Heart’s Core: A Mystic Cabaret, based on over 30 stunningly evocative musical settings of lyric poems by William Butler Yeats.

In 2017 Joseph has took the post of Director of the George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling Research at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, UK.

He tours internationally as a storyteller, lecturer, teacher, composer, and virtuoso musician on cittern, guitar, and various fretted instruments. More about Joseph on

Kate Innes

Kate Innes writes fiction, poetry and runs creative writing workshops, having originally trained as an archaeologist and museum educator. She independently published two highly acclaimed historical novels set in the medieval Marches, The Errant Hours and its sequel - All the Winding World. Her poetry collection, Flocks of Words, was shortlisted for the Rubery Award and the title poem won the Imagined Worlds Poetry Competition organised by the Friends of Coleridge in 2016. In collaboration with the acoustic band Whalebone, the collection was transformed into an immersive performance of original music and poetry which toured the region for two years. Kate runs occasional writing workshops with the Shropshire Museums Service and collaborates with the community group Folk, presenting creative responses to the folklore of Shropshire.

You can purchase her books online here, or view her website at or follow her on Twitter or Facebook.