FIRST FRIDAY STORYNIGHT
Featured teller Chris Gilbert presents: "LONDON PRIDE - my formative years"
In the dark of a new moon, with a nip in the air, come in from the cold for an evening of british storytelling December 7th at First Friday StoryNight. Join featured teller Chis Gilbert as he brings us back to his formative years as a child in war-torn London, and his youth in a small English seaside town. Gilbert's tale begins with a bar of coal-tar soap, and finishes when he leaves high school in a state of turmoil. Keep your ear cued for an ironic twist in the tale which connects this story of emigration to life here on the Quimper Peninsula. Chris will be coloring his stories, as usual, with a few folk songs. Following Gilbert's presentation, London Pride, they'll be up to 6 short story by attendees; sign-up on a first come basis. MC Perry Spring will conclude the evening with a story in keeping with the evening's theme.Hosted by the Quimper Storytelling Guild from 7 to 9 pm at Friends Meetinghouse, 1841 Sheridan Street, Port Townsend.
Chris Gilbert is a popular local storyteller-musician, and this mark his fourth appearance as featured storyteller for First Friday StoryNight. Born in London, Gilbert lived in the UK until he emigrated to the US in 1992. He has had two very successful careers, first as a teacher, and then as an technology leader in the Healthcare industry of both UK and USA. His passions include the exploration of folk music and storytelling, especially as it relates to his native country. Gilbert's local band, Happenstance, sings spirited folk songs from the British Isles produced their debut CD "Lark In The Morning in February 2018 (www.happenstancemusic.net) . Chris also a member of a new local folk duo "Gilbert and McHagar".
First Friday StoryNight is a communal exploration of the art and ritual of the oral tradition including the old myths, folktales, fairy tales, ballads, family, personal and modern stories. The Quimper Storytelling Guild continues the event's legacy established by Brian Rohr in 2009. The Guild also gathers for their Third Sunday Story Swap for aspiring and experienced tellers to hone their craft in a supportive, informal setting.. Next gathering is December 16th at the Port Townsend Library Learning Center, 1220 Lawrence Street. The 90 minute story swap begins promptly at 2 pm. Sign-up on a 1st come basis; guild has framework for listeners to provide constructive feedback by the listeners. Refreshments and Guild planning meeting follows the swap. More info at www.facebook.com/QuimperStoryGuild/, QuimperStoryGuild@gmail.com, or 360.316.9600.