Would You Talk To A Complete Stranger?

I sat in Temperance Cafe, Leamington, today, working on StoryTelling Corner when a couple came in and sat down close by.

I heard the man talking about the cafe and guessed that he's been before but his girlfriend had not.

"Have you seen downstairs?"

The man nodded but the girl replied "No".

I love the cafe and described the history of the building and the special place the basement plays in the entertainment quality of Temperance.

"Do you like stories?" I asked.

Her face lit up. Pure energy and joy transformed what was an already attractive woman into a picture of real beauty. Her eyes lit up. Her mouth opened wide in a smile even as she began to gush about her love of Victorian tales and myths.

Her Liverpool accent became stronger as excitement streamed from every pore (I hold my hand up as a male old enough to be her grandfather) the rest of the room disappeared into a haze as we spent, what, a few seconds, a few minutes talking about telling stories.

I asked about opportunities in Liverpool for storytelling and was surprised to hear her say that she hadn't found any- perhaps she just hadn't been prompted- but I gave her a note to look up the Society of Storytellers and the link to StoryTelling Corner. I hope she takes them up. Because the few minutes we spent in the cafe proved that she had the basis to be a wonderful teller of tales.

Don't forget. If you love tales. If you love telling tales, then next Thursday evenings StoryTelling Corner should be a must visit in your diary.
Temperance Cafe, 33 Bath Street, Leamington Spa. CV31 3AF
7 pm - 10 pm: £3 (on the door)

The Story of StoryTelling Corner...

Where We Are Now!

 We're about to enter the 14th month of StoryTelling Corner, so I thought I'd share some of the show's progress with you.

In the first full year of the show, we completed 7 episodes and attracted some 30 storytellers to Slate Art Gallery in Leamington Spa here in the centre of England. In the beginning, I was working with four brilliant friends who were invaluable in social media, audio/video and sponsorship. Every single episode was an amalgamation of sweat and tears but also laughter and great evenings. After 7 months into the project, Slate Gallery closed and for a while it was touch and go as to whether we survived. I lost three of the four friends through outside influences and my failure to really tie down my appreciation for their work. But, the end of one studio opened the door to our present location at Temperance Café in Leamington Spa, which is where we are now...

 In 2018, our first event came around the end of October which gave me the opportunity to introduce the first 'theme' of StoryTelling Corner, 'War and Humour'. It allowed us to tie in with 'Help For Heroes' and donate all of the money taken at the door to the charity. That is a unique statement from the company. The door money from every event will be donated to charity.

 People often ask me about the aims of STC. Quite simply, they are to offer a stage to storytellers and authors to publicise their crafts to a live audience. To entertain and educate people who love books, love stories and have a desire to promote the art of storytelling.

 Right now, we are booking guests through to our March event. I already 3 storytellers for our March evening  in "the bank." Which means, the event has an audience and attracts the authors and storytellers from around the country.

 Our first evening attracted around eight pair of ears to listen to three brilliant stories about war which actually did have us laughing and, in the end, crying. Our last evening attracted 16 people and our highest audience has been 24.

 We are nowhere near where I want to be yet, but I'm happy with where we're going. And I sincerely want to thank you for all your support. It's truly mind-blowing, and I appreciate every kind word and thoughtful comment people make on social media and the comments people email into the office.

 I also have to tell you, the support and encouragement from all the people involved in STC, whether storytellers, the audience and Adrian and the people at Temperance. It has been absolutely overwhelming.  I am extremely humbled by, and grateful for all the kind words...And all the criticism...I welcome it.

 So, the journey is fun, it's hard work... but definitely never a grind. With you're help and support, we've come a long way.

 Thank you for listening, reading and for all your ongoing support. Share this email with your friends, and...
If you are in the vicinity of Leamington Spa, just contact me at ernie@erniesaid.info and let me welcome you to our community


StoryTelling Corner: February 21st. Love Lost and Leaving. The Legend of St. Valentine.

Who was St Valentine? The history of Valentine's Day–and the story of its patron saint–is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition.

And the 14th of February is Valentine's Day. But that day will have gone by the time we meet. So, StoryTelling Corner is asking for storytellers 'Tales of Lost Love-Leaving!

Do you have stories connected to the life and/or death of St Valentine? Contact Me:

We'd love to invite you to StoryTelling Corner on 21st February at Temperance Cafe, Bath Street. Leamington Spa.