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Thursday 8th October 2020, 8-10 PM

Janice Del Negro, Katherine Soutar-Caddick, Gareth Owen, Fishmonger Stories and Cath’s Cupboard of Customs.

Janice Del Negroe Katherine Soutar-Caddicko Gareth Owen Fishmonger Stories

Janice Del Negro

Janice M. Del Negro, PhD, is a storyteller who excavates and decorates the bones of traditional folk and fairy tales as an invitation to others to do the same; her focus is reimagining traditional folktales to make them emotionally resonant for contemporary listeners. Del Negro has been a featured storyteller and presenter at the Northlands Storytelling Conference, the National Storytelling Festival, the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference, and many other celebratory events. Her books include Folktales Aloud: Practical Tips for Playful Storytelling (2015) and Engaging Teens with Story: How to Inspire and Educate Youth with Storytelling (2017). Her latest recording is Fortune’s Daughters: Ghost Tales and Folktales. In 2016 Del Negro received the National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award. She is a Professor at the School of Information Studies at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois.

Katherine Soutar-Caddicko

Sometimes referred to as the storytellers' illustrator, Katherine has been working closely with storytellers for many years weaving images from the spoken and written word ‘I have been drawing ever since I could hold a pencil, filling the interiors of my fathers books with fantastical creatures until my exasperated parents managed to impress upon me that only ‘blank’ paper was for drawing on… I specialise in themes of Mythology, folklore and storytelling, making these narratives and traditions visible is my passion. I work primarily in watercolour and ink, but also use mixed media and print. I am cover artist for the History press Folk Tales and Ghost Tales series and also work with individual storytellers on their projects. When I am not illustrating I also play with art glass and share my love of art and story with others by running workshops, participating in exhibitions and giving talks on illustrating for folklore and story.’ Katherine has a degree in art and a diploma in art therapy.

You can find out more about her and view some of her work on her website, or at her Patreon account.

Gareth Owen

Gareth Owen is a poet, novelist, playwright, actor, director, broadcaster and musician. At school, Gareth Owen was pretty awful at everything except English and football and ever since has harboured a lifelong dream to play for Everton. He began writing his poems for children while a teacher and his first published collection, 'Salford Road' won high praise from fellow poet Patric Dickinson: "... original, beautiful, serious, funny, real and imaginative. Nothing quite like it has been done before." His second, 'Song of the City' won the Signal award. Over the years he has published five further volumes of poetry, five novels, and a number of books for younger children. An accomplished verse reader, he has won both the Welsh Academy Spoken Poetry Award and the National Speak a Poem Award. For two years he presented the BBC’s long-running "Poetry Please!" Four of his plays have been produced by the BBC, in one of which, 'The Game', he played the lead. In 1993 he was prize winner of the Leeds Playhouse/W.H.Smith Play-Writing Competition. He lives in Ludlow, Shropshire where he writes, directs and continues to perform. Two albums of music have been released with his alter ego Virg Clenthills, the legendary Country star.

Find out more at his website

Fishmonger Stories

My names are George but I go by the name Fishmonger Stories. Born and raised in Kenya, currently reside in Michigan USA. Father, husband, uncle, ICU nurse fighting corona all day and a storyteller.

For more take a look at his Youtube Channel or Facebook.

Cath’s Cupboard of Customs

Cath Edwards

Each month Cath’s Cupboard of Customs will highlight some traditions, lore and customs that are in keeping with the time of year.

At this time of year, when the nights draw in and the spooks come out, storyteller Cath Edwards loves nothing more than soulful songs and All Hallows Eve traditions. If you’d like to get ready to join in, we can tell you that she will be singing The Three Crows and The Uttoxeter Souling Song, as well as talking about October lore and wisdom.

Storyteller Cath Edwards has long been fascinated by traditions – the ‘old ways’. To find out more about her and her work please visit her website

Derbyshire Thor Cake

Derbyshire Thor Cake

In October, Cath’s Cupboard of Customs has a definite cakey theme, and here’s the recipe for one of them:

  • One pound of fine oatmeal
  • Half a pound of butter
  • Half a pound of sugar (the recipe says Demerara, I used Muscovado)
  • Four ounces of black treacle
  • Half an ounce of ground ginger
  • A teaspoon of nutmeg
  • A teaspoon of mace (I didn’t have any, I used cinnamon)
  • One egg
  • Four ounces of mixed peel (I like mixed peel, so I put in more)

Melt the butter in a pan over a gentle heat. Stir in the black treacle, the sugar and the mixed peel. Take it off the heat. Put the oatmeal in a large bowl with the spices, mix. Pour in the butter mixture and add the beaten egg. Make sure the butter mixture is cool enough not to cook the egg! Stir it all together; you might want to get your hands in the bowl and knead it. Put it in a square or round lined 8” baking tin (it will be about 2” thick) and bake it in the oven at 170 degrees for about 40 minutes. Don’t let it get too brown.

There’s no wheat flour and no baking powder. It’s a very dense cake. It was traditionally eaten on bonfire night and at the Wakes Week. I’ve slightly adapted the recipe from Alison Uttley’s book Recipes from an Old Farmhouse.

Give it a try! Then come to the concert on Thursday 8th October and tell us how it went!

Soul Cakes

Soul Cakes

The second cake featured in Cath’s Cupboard of Customs in October’s concert is Soul Cake.

  • 100g butter
  • 100g sugar (I used soft brown)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 50g sultanas (I put more in)
  • 1 teaspoon allspice and half teaspoon ginger (or use 1and a half teaspoons of any spice)
  • 250g plain flour (it’s supposed to be wheat, I used oat)
  • A little milk

Soften the butter and beat it together with the sugar. Mix in the egg yolks, the spice and the sultanas. Mix well with the flour, adding a little milk until the mixture holds together but is firm enough to roll out. Roll about 1cm thick, cut into rounds, cut a cross on the top and bake at 180 degrees for about 20 minutes.

And what are they for? Come to the concert to find out!


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