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Village Green 2019: Spinning Yarns brings John Hegley, storytellers and poets to Village Green

Village Green 2019
Spinning Yarns brings John Hegley, storytellers and poets to Village Green

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METAL are very pleased to announce that many wonderful stories will be told at this year’s Village Green on 13th July as Spinning Yarns have secured a grant to bring storytellers from across the region to Chalkwell Park for the festival.

Spinning Yarns is a collective of storytellers, performance poets, writers and musicians who came together in 2016 with the aim of exciting and entertaining with words, and a desire to share stories old and new from around the world with both children and adults, for them to experience and enjoy oral storytelling.  

For Village Green, Spinning Yarns has gathered an unrivalled selection of tellers of tales and performers of poems to entrance festival goers of all ages and remind them of the power of the spoken word and the pleasure of listening to stories. The exciting line up of both regional and London based storytellers, including Shane Ibbs whose style is immersive and physical, Wendy Shearer who brings to life traditional tales, myths and legends from around the world and The Embers Collective, telling ancient tales with a modern twist. The maverick Story Beast (alias comedian John Henry Falle) will join them and great local musicians: modern folk singer Isabel Oliver and Leigh-on-Sea’s own kooky band, The Dusty Pedlars.

In a much anticipated return visit to Village Green, Mr John Hegley will bring his own brand of silly sing-a-long songs and clever, unexpectedly developed poems to the festival. John Hegley is something of a legend: a performance poet, comedian, musician and songwriter. He performed on the streets of London in the 1980’s, fronting the Popticians and has since performed his words, sung & spoken, on local & national radio. He has produced ten books of verse & prose, two CDs and one mug.

Hannah Brailsford is the founder of Spinning Yarns and the curator of the stage at Village Green. She has been a professional performance storyteller since 2010 and is a drama educator and spoken word promoter. She is driven by a passion to engage and inspire through the power of story. As a member of The Society of Storytellers, her mission is to increase access and participation to the ancient tradition of oral storytelling, particularly regionally in Essex where she is based. Through monthly spoken word nights in South East Essex, including ‘Pint of Tales’, ‘Told @ Twenty One’ and ‘Word Spun’, she actively promotes and organises events finding opportunities to provide platforms for both emerging and established regional and national artists to perform. To find out more about Hannah please go to: and for Spinning Yarns information, go to;

Tickets for Village Green are on sale now. As in previous years, 500 free tickets are available to holders of Southend Council’s Advantage Card C. These can be picked up from the Southend Borough Council reception – just have your Advantage Card C ready to show.


Full Price
Adults £20 / 11-17yrs £15/ 0-10yrs FREE

N.B Booking fees apply whenever you book

Any ticket issues? There is a customer helpline at Skiddle on 0333 3010101 (open Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Closed Sunday).

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