Been a long time since I last updated this site but all that is changing. I have been dormant too long. This new year will see a flurry of activity I promise and a load of new projects by myself. The last few years have been very interesting with me being involved in a number of theatrical television and radio projects. I have however been somewhat lax with my stories I feel. This will change in 2017. Work is well underway on two new books and I hope to have another cd released in the next twelve months. I also have a few exciting new projects that i shall tell you about very soon.
In the meantime I would like to thank everyone of you who has kept faith with this site and continues to support me greatly whenever I perform. The storytelling audiences this year have been out of this world and in numbers I could only dream about in the past. This year I will perform more widely and more often and you will hear of it first at this site.
Its the new year folks, forget the old and live big and well in the new.
Blwyddyn newydd da.
I have recently been going through a bit of a Barren phase when it came to writing new stories. Spent hours digging through old Myths and legends and even listened intently to ancient audio Ghost stories in the hope of finding a little gem that could aid me in my quest to find that perfect tale. Nothing jumped out at me , absolutely nothing. I eventually sat down and resolved myself to maybe revisiting some old favourites or perhaps using some well worn and well known works that would provide few surprises but maybe some home comforts to my audiences. Then I started observing. I live in a pretty rural area. the forests are lush and green and peppered with ancient structures and foilage that seems to leap from another world. I have a pretty energetic dog and have for the last year been a pretty avid runner trying to stride out there with a view of losing a few pounds. By observing I mean taking the time to really look around and use my imagination. Those of you that follow me on Twitter (@Owenstaton) will notice that I have been posting pics of places that have awakened my interest or caused my imagination to fire itself from its slumber. It has done me the world of good, once more the pen is flowing and the words are tumbling forth. New tales are being written and performances planned.
Don’t just look my friends, observe it makes a Hell of a difference ..
Apologies to you all for the delay in updating or indeed caring for this blog in what seems like an age. I feel in the past I have used it to just post upbeat missives about forthcoming shows and what can only be called ramblings about projects or people I have been fortunate to meet or work with. I think that its time to move in a different direction, its time to dance to a different beat and time to start telling stories. I am supposed to be a storyteller after all…..
I started telling stories in 1997 , the other day that didn’t seem long ago but now realise that its seventeen years ago which is incredible. I didn’t plan on becoming a storyteller, I didn’t particularly want to become one but it happened and has been happening ever since. I write a lot, I perform a lot, I draw good audiences and I travel widely . I have released a CD I have written stories and travelled to many different countries promoting storytelling and performing for vastly different audiences. I have won awards at the biggest theatre festival in the world and reviewed consistently well throughout my career but there has always been something missing, something lacking and something lonely about what I have done. I look around , I read and I hear of all the wonderful festivals and clubs that are now promoting storytelling around the country. I read endless blogs and fascinating snippets of all the wonderful performances that are taking place throughout the land. I see , I hear but I do not participate and I can only assume that I am speaking with a different voice…..?
I do not call my self “a Teller” (tellers work in banks), I never wear robes and my religious beliefs are actually quite orthodox. I have a day job and am actually quite fond of the things that many people in this great land are fond of. I don’t think Im any better or worse than any other storyteller or performer I have just come to the conclusion that I must be speaking with a different voice?.
I wonder is my voice unique or are others feeling the same?, others that perhaps have performed for dare I say “the established storytelling voice” only to find that voice suddenly silent when you require it to speak on your behalf. Are there others out there who feel that although the audiences are more than willing to gather at your fire, its when you require the warmth of the established flame all you find are dirty embers and a freezing breeze that swirls around you..
I consider myself a nice person, I have made few enemies and count my friends many. I have often wondered why when turing to some of the others who share my passion for the wondrous things in this and other worlds I feel I am reaching out to the coldest of shoulders. I have come to the conclusion that I am speaking with a different voice..
Thats it folks I will leave these words upon this parchment, they feel lighter now they have left my chest. Please feel free to comment, I would like that , unless of course you don’t like my voice, but that is fine too..
Until the Time between times…
what a wonderful summer it has been, I have travelled everywhere and told tales to many hundreds of people. In all honesty my feet do not seem to have hit the floor, and here we go into what I call the “busy” time of the year. The nights grow darker and you can feel the winter creeping in on us like a claw. Halloween shuffles towards us and I am working on a new halloween show called “Unearthly mutterings ” which i shall bring you more news on very shortly. i am still writing, I am still performing and this year has seen me have some wonderful opportunities such as opening the fantastic Ysgol Y Cribarth in Abercraf or performing for visitors in the brilliant Margam country park. Im enjoying it, I hope you are. Get ready folks its going to be a really busy few months.
Hello all and thanks for joining me here.
Wow the year is flashing by in a blink and my feet have hardly touched the ground. this is by far the busiest year i have had so far and it just continues at a rate of knots. Firstly big thanks to all who attended my shows at Coelbren and Margam your support as ever means the world to me and it was just great to see some familiar faces again. The snow continues to swirl and as i type this I am gearing up to take the plunge and step outside into what must be the coldest wind I have ever faced. My work with”Bear bones” is really coming along and as you will have seen on the welcome page to this site we now have a list of dates and I would love to see you there if it is possible as the boys from the bear band have really added a new dimension to my stories with their wonderful music. I cant wait for this one, I really cant .
You may also have noticed that the dates for my performances at Changing seasons in Craig Y Nos are also now available. this is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth and I for one cannot wait to once again perform there. The food is also fantastic and they are offering a ticket that also provides high tea or Tapas. Get up there folks its going to be great.
Just a quick update guys but know this, things are going well and will only get better. Take care and wrap up, its still cold but there is always a welcome at the fire.
Hello All and happy new Year.
The snow is swirling around outside and the country has come to a standstill, at last though this slight break in mantic rush that is my life has given me the chance to perform a long overdue update to this site. Christmas was fantastic , the reception that “Yuletide spirits” had at Changing seasons in Craig y Nos was fantastic and motivated me even further to diversify and perform different themes and methods of bringing stories to life. To that end I have been meeting with fantastic folk duo “Bear Bones” and we shall be very shortly announcing a series of shows which will include a collection of my favorite stories performed to their wonderful music. Watch this space.
Another exciting development involves the work I will shortly be doing for a company called Wales history and hauntings (www.Waleshistory.co.uk) . This company has been running very successful Ghost walks in Margam park near Port Talbot and also at Llandaff in Cardiff. I will shortly be performing a number of their Ghost walks throughout the spring. This is fantastic news for me as it was through ghost walks and local legends that I started storytelling in the first place so its as if things have come full circle.
Please keep checking back as I will soon have a list of dates for you when i shall be doing the Ghost walk and It will be great to see you there.
In the meantime keep wrapped up and safe and please keep checking in here , I promise to write a little more here this year. Its my resolution if you like.
Halloween is coming at us at a rate of knots and my mind is filled with Tales both old and new. It is an exciting as well as a nerve shredding time of year a time where being a storyteller really hits home , its a time when the audiences are big (hopefully) and the margin for error is mercilessly small. Fingers crossed that all will go well ….
Looking ahead I am currently working on a storytelling version of Dickens “A Christmas carol ” called Yuletide spirits this show will encompass a little audience participation and will attempt to create a real christmas feeling which will hopefully get you right in the mood for the festivities. I am glad to say that the response to this has been overwhelming with bookings coming thick and fast. It really does warm my heart to see all the support I get for the people whom I perform for and I thank them all from the bottom of my heart.
On that front I would also like to announce that the perfomance of Yuletide spirits at Coelbren welfare hall on the 6th of December will be in aid of the wonderful charity “Harry’s fund” ( www.harrysfund.org.uk) its a charity which I have supported for the last year or so and will continue to do so, please check them out it is a wonderful cause.
I am also really pleased to be performing Yuletide spirits at Craig Y Nos country parks Changing seasons tea rooms in the Upper Swansea Valley on the 15th of December , this will hopefully be the start of a series of projects created by myself and the park , please watch this space. Tickets are available from 01639731498
Talking of projects, I was recently contacted by the lovely Rebecca Buck of Ospray studios who is a really talented sculptress it seems that (fingers crossed) we will be working together soon to bring something truly magical to the upper Swansea Valley , i cant say much more than that at the moment but watch this space , its very exciting.
On top of all that I am also working on a project with the fantastic guys at the Bear Bones band. Early stages at the moment but next year could be a busy one the way things are going.
Hope you are all well?
Hello all, Halloween fast approches and with it comes one of the busiest times of the year for a storyteller. The phone has been red hot and the shows come thick and fast but that for me makes it one of my favorite times of the year, a time when I can really let my imagination run riot and let my pen go to town on some really scary tales without fear of scaring the audience.
On the Introduction page you can see the poster for Graver tidings which was designed by the Wonderful Eleanor Flaherty. Eleanor is a good friend and a fantastic artist/director and performer. You can check out her web page at www.Eleanorflaherty.com so please do so.
I also have to thank the wonderful People at Margam park for whom I recently spent a very wet but quite lovely August bank holiday performing for . Even though the rain came slamming down all day I still had a great time telling tales and I hope the audience did as well. I hope to be back there very soon.
Coelbren is a wonderful place. Every time i perform there the audience turns up in their droves and they really seem to appreciate the stories and tales that I tell there. Last week was no exception and i am really pleased to announce that I shall be back there on the 6th of December so if you fance some yuletide tales please join me on what should be a great night.
I hope you are all doing well and i shall catch you all at the Time between times where please be sure to say hello.
All the best
Thanks to all who sent their best wishes during my illness earlier in the year. You will be glad to know that I am now back and raring to go.
Summer is proving to be incredibly busy with a huge number of schools visits as well as local performances, I am in the process of putting the finishing touches to this years Halloween show “Graver tidings” which promises to be even better than last years. I have a number of new announcements but will keep them for the autumn . Please keep checking in , you may find something that will suprise you.
All the best
I hope that you had a great Christmas and New Year and are raring to go for 2012. Although things have been quiet on the performing front (took a month off over Christmas), things are really starting to heat up again. Firstly I am proud to announce that I will be performing at the “Goodnight little star “Event at Pontardawe Arts centre on Sunday the 29th of January. This event is being organised in aid of harry’s fund (www.harrysfund.org.uk) as you may know I am a supporter of this wonderful charity and am proud to take part in what is sure to be a great event.
the on February the 9th we have the official launch of my cd “Tales from the new Inn” at the Gough constitutional club in ystradgynlais on the 9th of February at 7.30 PM . Entry is free and there will be a load of performances from myself as well as other local singers/storytellers and choirs. Please come along , have a drink and enjoy a great night , you could even pick up a copy of the cd if you wish (they are going fast).
From there its onwards and upwards (with a little break for an operation on my ear in March ) Loads of performances to tell you about but i shall keep that for another time.
All the best