Daniel Morden will perform at Storytelling fest

By on August 17, 2016

Welsh storyteller Daniel Morden, touted as “one of the greatest storytellers in the UK,” will join other storytellers in performing tales that entertain with wit and wisdom at the Lititz Storytelling Festival, Sept. 9-10, at the Warwick Middle School.

Morden tells traditional tales, stories of the imperfect hero who stumbles on the path, takes the long way home through the dark forest, where the wolves wait, and the shadows whisper.

Morden says, “Even though a story is sometimes thousands of years old, traditional stories still entertain us and illuminate our lives today.”

Morden has delighted audiences all over the world with his performances — from the Arctic to the Pacific to the Caribbean. He has toured widely with The Devil’s Violin Company, integrating music with story. His stories are broadcast regularly on BBC Radio Wales and BBC Choice TV. He’s the author of six books.

His performances of Greek myth with Hugh Lupton won the Classical Association Award in 2006 for “The most significant contribution to the public understanding of The Classics.”

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Morden has twice won the English-language section of the Welsh Books Council’s Tír na nÓg Awards, first in 2007 for Dark Tales from the Woods, based on Welsh folktales, and then in 2013 for Tree of Leaf and Flame, a collection of stories retelling the Mabinogion. In 2014 Morden was named the International New Voice at the National Storytelling Festival in Tennessee.

Morden will perform in each of the Festival’s three storytelling concerts: Friday at 7 p.m., and Saturday at 3 and 7 p.m.. Each performance will feature different stories. He will also lead a Saturday 10 a.m. workshop, “Telling Traditional Tales” for teachers, lecturers, writers, parents ­ anyone interested in taking traditional material and making it relevant to the 21st century.

Ticket purchase is available online at LititzStorytellingFestival.net and at-the-door. Email info@LititzStorytellingFestival.net or call 508-4060 with questions.

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