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19:00 - 21:00 8 October 2014

Storytelling in the Middle Ages: An evening of tall tales, music and werewolves


Upper Room | The Betsey Trotwood (link Map)
56 Farringdon Road | Clerkenwell, London | EC1R 3BL | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: FREE
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

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Dr Erin Goeres, Lecturer in Old Norse, UCL Department of Scandinavian Studies
Dr Elizabeth Dearnley, Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, UCL Department of French
Tamsin Dearnley, Harpist

Storytelling in the Middle Ages will be an informal evening of storytelling, music and discussion, in which participants will be introduced to some fantastical tales from the Middle Ages and invited to try their hand at creating their own.

Join UCL academics Erin Goeres and Elizabeth Dearnley, and harpist Tamsin Dearnley, as they introduce the Breton lai, one of the most popular genres of medieval literature. Lais were short, rhymed stories about love, chivalry and the supernatural, said to be based on the tales of the ancient Bretons, and often linked with harp music.

Erin, Elizabeth and Tamsin will recount some of the most popular lais, before inviting the audience to take part in a storytelling workshop, preparing and retelling Breton lais in their own words, accompanied by improvised harp music from Tamsin.


Erin Goeres
+44 (0)20 7679 3185 | e.goeres@ucl.ac.uk


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