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LitFest brings new storytelling to Lancaster

John Freeman
Lancaster LitFest is bringing some of the country's most spellbinding storytellers to Litfest in a partnership with London's Crick Crack Club. On offer is the chance of a literary trip around the world, a journey with the Queen of Sheba, and a strange fairytale adventure.

LitFest's last storytelling night, Metamorphoses, was a complete sell-out - so don't miss these new events!

A picture of a chickenThe Balance of Things with Michael Harvey
Friday 13th May, 7.30pm at The Storey - £7.50 / £6.00 concs

Venture into the vibrant world of Breton fairytales, and a landscape filled with beauties, beasts, strange companions, bizarre marriages and ruthless atonement.

In a charm-your-socks-off performance, Michael Harvey draws on the collections of French folklorist Francois-Marie Luzel to retell these grown-up tales of wonder with a disarmingly light touch.

Michael is one of the UK's leading contemporary storytellers. He works at major international festivals in Britain, Europe and North America telling traditional stories from the Celtic countries and beyond with humour, skill and a great sense of enjoyment. In 2009, he visited Litfest to perform Hunting the Giant's Daughter.

Michael HarveyThe Whistle-Stop World Tour - family storytelling for ages 7+ Saturday 14th May, 2pm at The Storey - £5.00 / £2.00 concs

Take a lickety-split world tour with storyteller Michel Harvey; a gaggle of brave, magnificent, sometimes stupid companions, and their stories. On this journey to here, there, and anywhere else, it's quite possible to fall in love with a mermaid, outwit a giant with nothing but a piece of cheese, run away with a monster and still be back in time for tea...

You won't need your passport, but be sure to pack your sense of adventure, polish up your imagination, and get your giggles into gear. This package tour of stories is for big and little people alike - in fact anyone aged 7 to 107...

Sally Pomme ClaytonSolomon and Sheba with Sally Pomme Clayton  
Thursday 23rd June, 7.30pm at The Storey - £7.50 / £6.00

Provoking, seductive, and a virgin, the Queen of Sheba visits King Solomon to test his wisdom. Riddles and tricks, desires and foolishness ensue, as they unravel each others' histories.

In a vibrant and dynamic performance, Sally Pomme Clayton snips and clips stories of this royal duo from Hebrew, Christian and Islamic traditions.  This stunningly composed performance mixes the sacred with the profane, the raunchy with the poetic, and the biblical with the folkloric.

• To book for any LitFest event call the Box Office on 01524 582394 or book online; or by calling in person to the Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, in the Storey Creative Industries Centre, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster LA1 1TH.