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Thursday 8th July 2021, 8-10 PM

Emma Purshouse, Dan Keding, Rien Van Meensel, and a further artist to be anounced, plus Cath’s Cupboard of Customs.

Emma Purshouse Dan Keding Rien Van Meensel

Emma Purshouse

Emma Purshouse is currently the Poet Laureate for the City of Wolverhampton. She is an award winning writer who writes for both children and adults. Her most recent poetry collection is ‘Close’ (Offa’s Press). Her first novel ‘Dogged’ (Iginite Books) was published early in 2021. Emma has performed her work at spoken word nights and festivals across the UK.

You can find out more at her website

Dan Keding

Internationally acclaimed American storyteller, member of America’s storytelling ‘Circle of Excellence’. Dan has published a host of award-winning folk tales collections and tells a mixture of personal stories and traditional stories from around the world, including traditional stories that his grandmother brought to this country from Croatia. A well-respected ballad singer, he accompanies himself on guitar, banjo and spoons.

You can find out more about his work at his website

Rien Van Meensel

Rien Van Meensel is a multi-lingual storyteller, who has told throughout Europe. She has been working with Get A Word In Edgeways on our schools programme, teaching children French through story and inspiring hundreds of Shropshire children with the fun of playing with words, culture and language.

Rien says, "I remember my first tantrum caused by a deeply felt injustice (if I am honest, I haven’t changed much!). My big brothers brought a box into the house and suddenly there was a man walking and talking in that box. Television. My life changed completely from one day to the other! From sitting around the kitchen table sharing what happened that day, telling stories, playing games to everybody being mesmerised by a box as if hypnotised by a snake. I screamed, shouted, begged, in vain... I felt that a world had disappeared. I started reading books and walking alone in nature. I really like that brave little girl. In my storytelling world everything coincides. I love my brains, analysing why and how. I like sharing my love for storying. I love community forming through storytelling and I love performing. And I am always on the lookout for the forgotten stories."

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