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Thursday 10th December 2020, 8-10 PM

Fatma Mohiuddin, A Spell In Time, Fran O’Boyle, Dan Westall & Naomi Walmsley, and Cath’s Cupboard of Customs.

Fatma Mohiuddin A Spell In Time Dan Westall & Naomi Walmsley Fran O’Boyle

Fatma Mohiuddin

Fatma Mohiuddin is Birmingham's new Young Poet Laureate for 2020 to 2022.

"I have always enjoyed writing poetry, and more recently performing it and using performance as a way to elevate written poetry, to help get a deeper meaning across. I have always been inspired by modern day spoken word poets as well as more historic poets, such as Sylvia Plath, who have influenced poetry to help make it as we know it today. I hope to use my time as young poet Laureate and beyond to use poetry to inspire and educate young people about poetry but also other important issues that affect our everyday lives."

A Spell In Time

A Spell In Time brings the power and magic of Bulgaria’s ancient traditional tales to English-speaking audiences for the first time. The Company was formed in 1995 by storyteller, Moni Sheehan, who is half Bulgarian, and musician, Ivor Davies. With a spellbinding mix of storytelling, folklore and evocative music, the Company has gained acclaim in the UK and abroad for its passionate performances and extraordinary tales.

To celebrate the darkest time of the year, A Spell In Time invites you to step into an enchanted winter world of secrets and spells, heroes and heroines, dragons and dreams. A world where the human and divine entwine, all spiced with warm winter blessings to cheer the heart and soul, and open the doorway to the future.

You can find out more about them on their website or on their Facebook page.

Dan Westall & Naomi Walmsley

Dan and Naomi are into all things Bushcraft, Forest school and Stone Age. If it connects people to nature and gets them outside, they’re in! They formed their business, Outback2basics, in 2010 after being inspired by taking part in a Stone Age immersion project in the US.

They teach Stone Age education to children in primary school as well as teaching families and adults bushcraft and primitive skills at weekends. They recently filmed a 3 part documentary for Channel 4 called “Surviving the Stone Age” where they walked in their ancestors footsteps in the Bulgarian wilderness, hunting, fishing, foraging and sleeping in caves!

They have also written 2 books focusing on getting families outside and connecting with nature: ‘Forest School Adventure’ and ‘Urban Forest School’ which came out earlier this year.

Find out more about them, their workshops and books at their website

Fran O’Boyle

Storyteller, illustrator and mural artist, Fran O’Boyle is multi-talented. Based in Shropshire, Fran has worked on murals as far apart as Southern Spain and Ireland. He will be bringing his love of the spoken word and creating a mural of the concert for us during the evening.

You can find out more about Fran and his work at his website

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.

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