The Travelling Talesman: Tales of the Dark Arts

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The Travelling Talesman returns to Medway on the 1st November from 7:30pm, after his wonderfully successful appearance at the Good Intent this May.  He will be telling dark tales of wizards and witches, spells and enchantment in the atmospheric Fort Amherst Gatehouse.

The Talesman is a storyteller who enjoys taking his stories to new places. With twenty years experience telling myths, legends and folktales, last year he was nominated for “Outstanding Male” in the British Awards For Storytelling Excellence.

Please wrap up warm and feel free to dress up for what promises to be a fantastic event. Seating will be on old wooden benches, in keeping with the setting.  Feel free to bring your own cushions for additional comfort. There will be three 30 minute storytelling sets with time to visit the Fort Amherst bar in between, unfortunately no alcoholic drinks can be consumed in the gatehouse.

Tickets are £5 in advance and £6 on the door and can be booked from

We have some people ask whether the event is suitable for children so I caught up with the Talesman to give the best advice.  Although the event isn’t primarily aimed at children, families are welcome. The Talesman explains:

‘I often mark the gigs up as 14+ but If the child is reasonably intelligent, well behaved and, more importantly, interested in the stories, then I don’t see a problem (as long as they are accompanied by a responsible adult). An intelligent, well behaved child of say 10 would be able to cope with most of the material but I wouldn’t recommend many of the tales for a six year old simply on length of time and level of plotting. Kids under seven have neither the attention span, the narrative facility, nor the vocabulary necessary to be anything other than mildly baffled by the experience. In the end it is up to the parents to make a decision.’

Like all good folk stories expect a fair amount of gory death, burning, murder and peril and you’ll be on the right trail.

To find out more about The Travelling Talesman, please visit

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