2021 Storytelling Festival Programme

Frances Kennedy Storyteller

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 17TH

TALES FROM THE KINGDOM – 5 to 6.30 PM

As the opening event of our 2021 festival programme we present an evening of storytelling, poetry, music and song with the finest of local storytellers, poets, musicians and singers in the Kingdom’s cultural capital. Our special guest is Listowel Poet Laureate Dairena Ní Chinnéidewho will read her specially commissioned poem which honours and reflects Listowel’s unique character and its strong sense of community.
This event is part of our Culture Night and Poetry Town celebrations.

Free Admission (Tickets must be booked in advance)
Venue: Listowel Castle

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CEAD MÍLE FÁILTE WELCOME SESSION – 8 TO 10 PM

A hundred thousand welcomes to Listowel International Storytelling Festival 2021 on the theme ‘Coming Together’. Join Artistic Director and our Storyteller in Residence, Maria Gillen who will introduce our visiting storytellers Colum Sands, Órla McGovern and Colin Urwin, joined by local storytellers Frances Kennedy & Sonny Egan, poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice and legendary singer/songwriter Mickey MacConnell.

Tickets: €15
Venue: Listowel Arms Hotel

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 18TH

STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS – 10 TO 11.30 AM

Choose from one of four storytelling workshops hosted by our visiting storytellers:

– Resilience through Story, directed by Maria Gillen
– The Joyful Art of Protest: Songs & Stories of Activism, directed by Colum Sands
– Harvesting Moments, directed by Órla McGovern
– Old Ideas, New Stories: Turning local Folklore into Folktales, directed by Colin Urwin

Tickets: €25

Venues: Listowel Arms Hotel, Kerry Writers’ Museum, St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

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CHILDREN’S STORYTIME – 10.30 to 11.30 AM

Storyteller Godfrey Coppinger will enthral children with stories of myth and magic.
Suitable for children aged 5 years and over.

Free Admission (Tickets must be booked in advance)
Venue: Listowel Castle

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MEET OUR YOUNG TELLERS – 12 TO 1 PM

Storytelling legend Frances Kennedy introduces the future generation of Irish storytelling, some of whom participated in Frances’ storytelling workshops earlier this year.
Tickets: €5
Venue: St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

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KERRY WRITERS’ MUSEUM TOUR – 2 to 3.30 PM

Discover the stories and poetry of Kerry’s great writers & the history of Listowel and North Kerry in an audio-visual interactive experience, including our new Púca the Hare Story Trail. Tours will be staggered every 15 minutes with a maximum of 6 people per tour.

Tickets: €5
Venue: Kerry Writers’ Museum

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STORY THROUGH SONG – 4 TO 6 PM

Storytelling extends far beyond the spoken word. Some of our most memorable stories are expressed in song and in the Irish tradition accompanies them. This lunchtime performance, hosted by Paddy Regan, will explore the stories or events that inspired the songs of folk music legends Colum Sands, Mickey MacConnell and Colin Urwin, with singer/songwriters Colum Sanson-Regan and Niceol Blue. It will give a rare look at how stories become songs.

Tickets: €10
Venue: St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

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STORYTELLING GALA CONCERT – 8.30 to 10.30 PM

Showcasing the Art and Diversity, history, and mystery of storytelling with our visiting and local tellers. Bean an Tí Maria Gillen will lead our guest artists Colum Sands, Órla McGovern, Colin Urwin, Frances Kennedy, Mickey MacConnell, and Sonny Egan in a celebration of our festival theme ‘Coming Together’.

Tickets: €15
Venue: St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

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Featured storytellers 2021
Mickey McConnell
Frances Kennedy Storyteller

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 19TH

LISTOWEL STORY WALKS – 10 TO 11.30 AM

Explore the Heritage Town of Listowel with our finest local historians and visiting storytellers. Choose from one of four story trails:
– the River Feale & Garden of Europe, led by Owen McMahon
– Listowel’s Georgian Square & Town Park, led by Mary Cogan
– The streets of Listowel, led by Vincent Carmody
– Listowel Famine Trail & Lartigue Monorail, led by Michael Guerin

Tickets: €5
Depart from Listowel Castle

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CHILDREN’S STORYTIME – 10.30 to 11.30 AM

Storyteller Godfrey Coppinger will enthral children with stories of myth and magic.
Suitable for children aged 5 years and over.

Free Admission (Tickets must be booked in advance)
Venue: Listowel Castle

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OPEN MIC STORYTELLING SESSION – 12.30 TO 2.30 PM

An opportunity for our audience to share their stories with Fear an Tí, Paddy Regan.

Tickets:€5

(Proceeds in aid of the Irish Cancer Society)


Venue: St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre

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SLÁN ABHAILE: FESTIVAL CLOSING SESSION – 3 to 5 PM

We bid goodbye to Listowel International Storytelling Festival 2021 in an informal afternoon
of storytelling, traditional Irish music, and song, hosted by our Rambling House Fear an Tí
Johnny McElligott and our festival Artistic Director Maria Gillen.

Tickets: €5
Venue: St. John’s Theatre & Arts Centre