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LOST TALES: WALKING WITH GODS - LIVE

Thu 19 – Tue 31 Oct
Price: £0.00

An opportunity to engage and experience aeons old stories in a completely new light. Multidisciplinary artist, writer and creator Travis De Vries’ works live at the Storytelling...

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ENDURING EYE: THE ANTARCTIC LEGACY OF SIR ERNEST SHACKLETON AND...

Until 12 Nov
Price: £0.00

One of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival, Enduring Eye honours the achievements of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance expedition of 1914...

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BAWIALNIA/PLAYROOM – POLISH DESIGN FOR KIDS

Thu 12 - Sun 22 Oct
Price: £0.00

An immersive experience, allowing children to learn through play and engage in a variety of creative activity in one space. Playing with toys made of wood and other natural...

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THE STORYTELLING MACHINE BY PINOKIO THEATRE IN ŁÓDŹ

Fri 20 Oct
Price: £3.00

A scientist accidentally invents a machine which buzzes, creaks, clatters, but most importantly tells stories! On request, the machine has already told stories about a boy who...

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LOST TALES LIVE

Fri 20 Oct
Price: £7.50

Explore the undocumented side of our history through folk tales, urban legends, culture heroes and creatures, exposed in gripping original tales.Spirits, gods and demons from...

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FROM EDINBURGH’S PEN TO THE WORLD

Fri 20 - Sat 21, Fri 27 - Sat 28 Oct
Price: £13.00

Edinburgh has inspired writers whose work is known and influence is felt across the globe. Work that includes desert islands, detectives and dissecting tables. Books that...

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MOBILE DREAMS

Fri 20 Oct
Price: £7.50

A poetic, funny and warm storytelling performance about the everlasting human search for truth and connection, freedom and beauty. In a playful stream of English spiced with...

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FROM REGENT ROAD TO RUSSIA: GLOBETROTTING AROUND NEW CALTON BURIAL...

Sat 21 Oct
Price: £0.00

Come travel the globe in New Calton Burial Ground! Discover stories of how the world came to Edinburgh and of the Scots who made their mark on the world.Hear about the Scots...

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STORIES FROM SMOKEY BRAE

Sat 21 Oct
Price: £0.00

Join intrepid storyteller Jan Bee Brown of The Thrive Archive for a journey around the world in 45 minutes! Smokey Brae was once full of steam trains and Jan has discovered a...

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THE STORYTELLING MACHINE BY PINOKIO THEATRE IN ŁÓDŹ

Sat 21 Oct
Price: £8.00

A scientist accidentally invents a machine which buzzes, creaks, clatters, but most importantly tells stories!On request, the machine has already told stories about a boy who...

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CITY OF STORIES; CITY OF DREAMS

Sat 21 Oct
Price: £6.00

Storytellers, writer, poets and thinkers throughout history have taken Edinburgh as the inspiration. Join us as we talk about the influence of the Old Town on our story makers...

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WEE FOLK MAGIC

Sat 21 Oct
Price: £5.00

Enter the enchanted world of fairy tales, full of mystery, malice and magic.With sessions for 4-6 years, 6-8 years and 9+ with accompanying adults, through the afternoon....

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MAYHEM AND MAGIC – STORIES FROM SWEDEN

Sat 21 Oct
Price: £7.50

Once described as “a force of nature”, storyteller Jerker Fahlström invites you to a glittering world of the Viking Age gods and heroes.With his brilliant ingenuity, tales are...

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365 DAYS, STORIES, TUNES

Sat 21 Oct
Price: £7.50

Throughout 2013, James Robertson wrote a daily story, each exactly 365 words long.In 2016-17, Aidan O’Rourke wrote a daily tune in response to the stories, collaborating on some...

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OPEN HEARTH: DONALD SMITH

Sat 21 Oct
Price: £9.00

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories from home and abroad, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures...

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MIXING THE MAGIC: POLISH FOLKTALES

Sun 22 Oct
Price: £5.00

Storyteller and folklorist Michał Malinowski hosts this rich introduction to Polish oral tradition.Showcasing the vivid and interactive telling style, spectators can discover a...

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THE ENCHANTED GARDEN: STORYTELLING AMONGST THE TREES

Sun 22 Oct
Price: £0.00

Join storytellers at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and treat yourself to a relaxed afternoon of stories for all the family. Meet at the Botanic Cottage and find the cosy...

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UNDERSEA AND OVERLAND – STORIES FROM KOREA

Sun 22 Oct
Price: £7.50

Storyteller Seung Ah Kim collected a treasure of Korean folk tales from her grandmother and has brought them to Scotland to share.Join her in an enchanted afternoon of...

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ST MAGNUS OF ORKNEY – 900 YEARS

Sun 22 Oct
Price: £7.50

Storyteller Tom Muir tells the great Orkney saga of Magnus, the earl who made peace, and paid with his life, nine hundred years ago.Since then the legend of Magnus has gone...

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THROUGH THE FOREST – STORIES FROM THAILAND

Sun 22 Oct
Price: £7.50

Originally from the region of Isan, in northeast Thailand, storyteller Wajuppa Tossa will guide you through a rich forest of Thai myths and legends, where you can pick up some...

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UNDER ANCIENT SKIES – STORIES FROM IRAN

Sun 22 Oct
Price: £7.50

Your evening will be lit by hundreds of dazzling stars as ancient Persian stories unfold under the fine craftmanship of Master Storyteller Nosratollah Goodarzi, with bilingual...

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OPEN HEARTH: MARION KENNY

Sun 22 Oct
Price: £9.00

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories from home and abroad, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures...

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STORYTELLING IN SCHOOLS: BEYOND PERFORMANCE

Mon 23 Oct
Price: £12.00

The Village Storytelling Centre has an excellent track record of delivering projects in school settings, from whole school projects to working with a single class over several...

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TALES FOR SALE

Mon 23 Oct
Price: £0.00

Edinburgh’s renowned storytellers set up their stall to deal in tales of adventure, true crime, derring do and love. Raiding the cellars of the National Library of Scotland, Ron...

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GIFTING EVERY CHILD

Mon 23 Oct
Price: £12.00

What is the role of culture in contemporary education from the early years? This session explores some Scottish and international approaches. With presentations from Scotland,...

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DANCING WITH TREES

Mon 23 Oct
Price: £0.00

Storytellers Alette Willis and Allison Galbraith guide you through the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, sharing stories from their recently published collection of Eco-tales. An...

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AOTEAROA – STORIES FROM NEW ZEALAND

Mon 23 Oct
Price: £7.50

Experience the rich traditions of New Zealand’s Land of Cloud and Dawn, with Maori storyteller Joe Harawira. The first nation peoples of Aotearoa are a dynamic part of the...

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NORTHERN LIGHTS - STORIES FROM NORWAY

Mon 23 Oct
Price: £7.50

Enjoy a cosy evening with storyteller Stina Fagertun.With her Norwegian, Kven and Coastal Sami ancestry she will share fairy tales and legends from the edge of the Arctic Circle...

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OPEN HEARTH: DAVID CAMPBELL

Mon 23 Oct
Price: £9.00

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories from home and abroad, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures...

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SCOTLAND MEETS INDIA: AN AULD ACQUAINTANCE

Tue 24 Oct
Price: £0.00

Join Deepa Kiran from India and Marion Kenny from Scotland for a spellbinding performance of music and stories, celebrating the long-standing friendship between the two...

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ISTRIA INSPIRES – STORIES FROM CROATIA

Tue 24 Oct
Price: £7.50

The heritage and landscapes of this beautiful country in the North East of the Mediterranean Sea are brought to life by the young storytellers of the Istra Inspirit group.Be...

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SCOTLAND MEETS HUNGARY: ROMANY AND TRAVELLERS

Tue 24 Oct
Price: £7.50

Jess Smith and Maja Bumberák explore connections between Europe’s nomadic peoples.Often described as “gypsies”, these distinct groups are known for their rich oral cultures and...

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THE TRUTH AND THE THREE RINGS

Tue 24 Oct
Price: £0.00

What is the truth and can someone pretend to hold it exclusively? While religious tensions increase, traditional stories from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religions...

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THE ALAN BRUFORD LECTURE - A NIGHT IN THE FAIRY BRUGH: MUSIC AND...

Tue 24 Oct
Price: £7.50

While Gaelic music and dance practices are rich and reasonably well-documented, few writers on these subjects have proceeded from the culture’s own vantage point.Dr Uilleam Lamb...

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PRECIOUS LEGACIES: REMEMBERING THE ANCESTORS

Tue 24 Oct
Price: £9.00

Margaret Bennet, Ruth Kirkpatrick, David Campbell and Jess Smith celebrate their rich inheritance from iconic mentors and forebears.By honouring the past, we give to the future...

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GLOBAL GATHERING – ‘IF NOT NOW, WHEN?’

Wed 25 - Fri 27 Oct
Price: £16.00

What is the role of storytellers in the twenty-first century and how can we realise the principles and goals of The Earth Charter Initiative? Over three days we take to heart...

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WHEN EDUCATION BECOMES POSSIBLE: STORIES OF LIFE AND LEARNING

Wed 25 Oct
Price: £0.00

Imagine what happens when we are cut off from education through conflict, natural disaster or disadvantaged circumstances. How does your education begin again and what...

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THE MISSING LYNX

Wed 25 Oct
Price: £0.00

Wolves, bears and lynx once roamed the forests of Scotland. Is it time for them to return?Here, mythic voice is added to the debate as folk tales and legends from across the...

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TALES OF THE QUEBEC WETLANDS

Wed 25 Oct
Price: £7.50

200-year-old Scottish-French Canadian legends and Mohawk first nation oral traditions are revealed for the first time in this storytelling feature film.The rich history and...

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WHERE SNAKES CAN SING - STORIES FROM POLAND

Wed 25 Oct
Price: £7.50

Enjoy an afternoon with storyteller Małgorzata Litwinowicz and be transported to the magical world of traditional Polish stories and songs, where trees can talk and snakes can...

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SCOTLAND MEETS PAKISTAN: ISLANDS TO CITIES

Wed 25 Oct
Price: £7.50

A collaboration between Pakistani singer Sara Kazmi and Scotland based musician Sarah Hayes flows into an exchange between Pakistani poet Shazea Quraishi and Scottish...

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OPEN HEARTH: IAN STEPHEN

Wed 25 Oct
Price: £9.00

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories from home and abroad.Hosted by Ian Stephen, with Shazea Quraishi and Sara Kazmi...

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THE NATURAL STORYTELLER

Thu 26 Oct
Price: £0.00

The Natural Storyteller inspires children and adults to tell tales from Norway and many other lands. Let book author and storyteller Georgiana Keable guide you through fairy...

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PEOPLE OF THE NORTH - STORIES FROM RUSSIA

Thu 26 Oct
Price: £7.50

Northern Russia is a rich tapestry of cultural diversity and ethnic traditions. Marina Yuzhaninova, Director of the Northern Travelling Film Festival introduces two classic...

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WORLD OF THE BEAR

Thu 26 Oct
Price: £7.50

The kinship of bears and humans has been running through world mythology since the Ice Age. The seven stars of Ursa Major symbolise the North, begetting stories of hunters,...

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HEALING THE SOUL – STORIES FROM PERU

Thu 26 Oct
Price: £7.50

The myths and legends of the Peruvian landscape come again to Scotland with colour, humour and the captivating, heart-warming storytelling of Wayqui César Villegas Astete and...

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OPEN HEARTH: STORYTELLING FOR PEACE COUNCIL

Thu 26 Oct
Price: £9.00

Enjoy a traditional story session hosted by storytellers from the European Storytelling and Peace Council.Gather round the hearth to hear stories of bridge builders across the...

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TALES FROM THE NEW WORLD

Fri 27 Oct
Price: £0.00

Join storyteller Mara Menzies as she shares her experiences and new-found stories gathered from extraordinary characters at festivals across Cuba, Utah and California. Tales...

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OCTOBER 1943 – THE RESCUE

Fri 27 Oct
Price: £7.50

One of the most successful actions against Nazi Germany’s extermination of Jewish people took place in Denmark in October 1943. More than 7000 Danish Jews were sailed to safety...

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TONGUE TIED & TWISTED – INDIAN TALES; CONTEMPORARY TWIST

Fri 27 Oct
Price: £7.50

Indian storytelling for the 21st century combines the talents of UK music producer PKCtheFirst with international storyteller Peter Chand. Experience two distinctive artists...

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A CABARET OF PESTILENCE

Fri 27 - Sun 29 Oct
Price: £9.00

This multi-disciplinary showcase event is the culmination of the Heritage Lottery Funded project Soutra: Surgery & Superstition. The project is inspired by local history...

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FESTIVAL GUID CRACK – WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE

Fri 27 Oct
Price: £0.00

Join Edinburgh’s renowned storytelling club. The veil between the worlds grows thin at Samhuinn and Beltane, dawn and dusk. As Halloween approaches we invite you to share your...

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OPEN HEARTH: MARA MENZIES

Fri 27 Oct
Price: £9.00

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories from home and abroad, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures...

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SPOOKY LAURISTON

Sat 28 - Sun 29 Oct
Price: £7.00

Have a ghoulishly terrifying time at Lauriston’s annual Halloween event. Experience a variety of gruesome activities over 3 hours, and remember to wear your most terrifying...

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SPINNING A YARN

Sat 28 Oct
Price: £0.00

Storyteller Jan Bee Brown will be sharing stories from around the world inspired by the Daughters of Penelope exhibition at Dovecot Studios, accompanied by a spinning...

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GUISERS GALORE

Sat 28 Oct
Price: £5.00

What's Guising? Come along and learn a song, a poem and a dance for real Halloween guising, then follow the Old Town Guisers parade or prepare for guising in your local area...

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WEAVING STORIES FROM THE WORLD

Sat 28 Oct
Price: £6.00

Join storytellers and musicians Deepa Kiran from India and Marion Kenny from Scotland in the sumptuous surroundings of the Nomads Tent as they share spellbinding myths and...

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CHAMPIONS TALE – A SOUTH AFRICAN STORY

Sat 28 Oct
Price: £7.50

An invigorating show with performance art, dance and interactive discussion. It tells the story of one young man growing up in rural South Africa – a story of secrecy, lies,...

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REFLECTING FRIDAS

Sat 28 Oct
Price: £7.50

The life and work of the Mexican artist Frida Kahlo inspires this show, created and performed by Brazilian storyteller Ana Maria Lines. Frida's soul echoes in many of us. Frida...

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THE SECRET LIVES OF BABA SEGI’S WIVES – STORIES FROM AFRICA

Sat 28 Oct
Price: £7.50

Inspired by Nigerian writer Lola Shoneyin’s novel, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives is an endearing and powerful tale of deception, betrayal, love, and friendship. It...

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OPEN HEARTH: MICHAEL KERINS

Sat 28 Oct
Price: £9.00

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories from home and abroad, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures...

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FAMILY SAMHUINN

Sun 29 Oct
Price: £2.00

In the Celtic calendar, the traditional festival of Samhuinn is a time when the veil between the land of the living and the departed is thinnest. Enjoy an afternoon of stories,...

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RAINBOW ON LEITH

Sun 29 Oct
Price: £0.00

Explore the past and present of Leith’s diverse, vibrant culture with food, stories, music and dance. From seasonal celebration on the community croft at the west end of Leith...

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JOURNEY TO THE WEST – STORIES FROM CHINA

Sun 29 Oct
Price: £7.50

Storyteller Ma Wei has undertaken a long Journey to the West to share stories from one of the masterpieces of Chinese literature. Together with Scotland based Chinese...

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MOON SHADOW – STORIES FROM SINGAPORE & MALAYSIA

Sun 29 Oct
Price: £7.50

Originally from Malaysia and now in Singapore, storyteller Kamini Ramachandran takes your imagination to special places with her enchanting telling. Follow her magic weave to...

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OPEN HEARTH: GEORGE MACPHERSON

Sun 29 Oct
Price: £9.00

Storytellers and musicians gather round the hearth for a relaxed traditional session of stories from home and abroad, as the darkness closes in and the embers glow with pictures...

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SAMHUINN FIRE FESTIVAL

Sun 29 Oct
Price: £0.00

The Beltane Fire Society celebrates the Celtic New Year by marking the end of summer and welcoming the onset of winter with a stunning torch lit procession featuring acrobatics,...

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TO ABSENT FRIENDS: SUPPERS OF STORYTELLING AND REMEMBRANCE

Mon 30 Oct
Price: £8.00

People who have died remain a part of our lives – their stories are our stories, yet many Scottish traditions relating to the expression of loss and remembrance have faded over...

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THE DEVIL AND THE CLUTCH OF FOOLS: A SPONTANEOUS MARATHON OF...

Tue 31 Oct
Price: £0.00

You know who you are… this event is a culmination of our global storytelling festival for you to join in with a story of your telling, whoever you are! Young or old, grimy or...

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STORYTELLING FESTIVAL PASS

Fri 20 - Tue 31 Oct
Price: £20.00

Become a supporter of the Scottish International Storytelling Festival 2017!There is no greater pleasure than the power of traditional storytelling taking listeners on a journey...

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OSSIAN SUPPER

Tue 31 Oct
Price: £25.00

Discover Ossian – Scotland’s other, ancient Bard – along with traditions of Fionn Mac Cùil and his warrior band. This unique event combines feasting, comradeship, poetry, story...

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TO ABSENT FRIENDS: COMMUNITY SUPPER

Tue 7 Nov
Price: £5.00

Invite some people you'd like to spend the evening with, book a table, and raise a toast To Absent Friends. Over a simple three course meal share stories of people who have died...

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