Pembrokeshire Storytelling

Straeon Sir Benfro

Lively Irish & Syrian Tales from Deb, with Barney Griffiths on Violin

Wednesday 31st January 2024  |  Time: 7:30 pm

Venue: 16 West Street, Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, SA65 9AE

Storytelling at Peppers Cafe

Rhondda Arts Festival

STORYTELLING NIGHT
Lively Tales from Deb with Barney Griffiths on Violin

Friday 20th October 2023  |  Time: 7:00 pm ‐ 10:00 pm

Venue: Clwb Coffi, 121 Dunraven Street, Tonypandy, Rhondda, CF401AS

Barney Griffiths

SECRETS and SILENCES

Llangwm Litfest: Sat 12th August

Our Gwobr Esyllt Prize commission show, fresh from Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival.

With the magical Ailsa Mair Fox on cello and voice threading her music through the stories.

Secrets and Silences Poster

A Wild Flight

Theatr Gwaun: Wed 9th August

An original story from me after being inspired by a fragment of a lost folk song, plus a wonderful Armenian tale; all embellished by the fantastic Ailsa Mair Fox.

Wild Flight Poster

Beyond the Border
International Storytelling Festival
7-9th July 2023

Deb took two shows to Beyond the Border this year:

A Wild Academy

A Wild Academy - Beyond the Border
Deb Winter & Barney Griffiths
Friday 7 July, 8.30pm - 9.30pm
Golchfa Nature-inspired storyteller Deb Winter with three powerful stories of threat and transformation, woven with magic and the versatile violin of …
https://beyondtheborder.com/a-wild-alchemy/

Secrets and Silences

Secrets & Silences - Beyond the Border
Deb Winter and Ailsa Mair Fox - Esyllt Harker Commission Winners 2021
Sunday 9 July, 1.30 - 2.30pm
Casglu A bright full moon sails over the forest, but always there are …
https://beyondtheborder.com/secrets-silences/



Two reviews of Deb’s shows

Review of ‘THE FIRE-MAKER’ 2019

“Storyteller Deb Winter performs her ‘Fire-Maker’ show with Tinc y Tannau - two incredibly inventive musicians - Sianed Jones and Ailsa Mair Hughes. They both sing and play the Bass Viola da Gamba, weaving their extraordinary improvisions through the stories. And Deb Winter is…. herself. A warm, funny, spiritual, nature- embracing, lovely woman who shares her beautifully crafted stories with us. Deb delightedly unfolds her stories to a capacity audience. Three tales of natural and supernatural creatures, all embraced by the universal mystery. Deb’s lyrical lament for the extinction of so many creatures is infused with an invigorating anger and celebrates our new young activists: ‘La Loba is lighting fires in the hearts of our young; sparking our children.’

The audience are enthralled by each and every one of Deb’s words, punctuated as they are by the earthy sounds of Tinc y Tannau. How do they do it? How can they be it? There’s empathy, enthusiasm, and an electric energy between the three women which inebriates us all, which fills our loving cup. Us all who give them a standing ovation as they bow before us, their laurel leaf crowns sliding slightly down their foreheads. It’s so laughable, the absurdity of it all, this wonderful life.”

BB Skone
Broadcaster, Pure West Radio/ Journalist, Western Telegraph

Fire Maker Review Photo
Audience comments about ‘The Fire-Maker’ Show:

“Bravo! Simply stunning”

“Powerful, magical, important”

“A truly wondrous and hypnotic experience”

“A truly amazing experience”

“Better than anything I have been to in a long time. Took me into another world. Loved the stories and the variety”

“Inspirational - re-awoke my creativity”

“A privilege and a joy to be there”

“Thank you for the spellbinding, dream-like images you took us to - it was so powerful”

“Mesmerising”


Review of ‘THE RED SHOES’, Bristol Story Festival

“Bristol Storyfest 2016 began tonight with fabulous tales from Deb Winter in a packed La Ruca Café on the Gloucester Road, accompanied by the enchanting strains of Fiona Barrow’s violin and harp. The Red Shoes was a fitting, dizzy tale of temptation to begin this festival of words, and Deb had the audience entranced with her gripping take on an old fable.

Whether you grew up with the Hans Christian Andersen version, or have delved into the wild and darker origins unearthed in Clarissa Pinkola Estes’s Women who Run with the Wolves, tonight’s interpretation was a gripping and glorious dance of physicality and finesse. The room was touched by Deb’s delicate telling; moved by the reflection of ourselves in the compulsion of a 16 year-old Karen. Behind the big questions was a beautiful evening of storytelling and music, delivered with youthful curiosity and heartfelt charm. Deb held a warm and welcoming room.”

Daniel Balla, Festival Director

Red Shoes Review Photo

The Raven and The Rock
The Raven and The Rock Poster

Storytelling Performances & Workshops

Out And Wild Festival

Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire: Fri 9 Jun ‐ Mon 12 Jun

A new well-being festival designed to be a safe and happy space for LGBTQIA+ and non-binary people happening in Pembrokeshire.

Deb will be telling not-so-traditional tales at the Out & Wild Festival at Lawrenny, Pembrokeshire on Saturday 10th June at 1pm.

Out and Wild Poster

Rhondda Arts Festival

Rhondda Arts Festival Treorchy:  Tue 20th June

Award-winning Storyteller Deb Winter shares with you an entertaining selection of stories. Expect the unexpected from this lively storyteller, known for her inventiveness and sense of humour.

Deborah at RAFT

Rhondda Arts Festival Presents:

A NIGHT OF STORYTELLING ‐ Licensed for drinks and laughter

Tuesday 20 June 2023  |  Time: 7:00 pm ‐ 11:00 pm

Venue: Clwb Coffi, 121 Dunraven Street, Tonypandy, Rhondda, CF401AS


Cherish or Chase

Storytelling Night in Fishguard:
Wed 7 Dec 2022, Peppers Cafe  |  Cafe opens from 6pm, Stories start 7.30pm

Cherish or Chase Poster

Community Storytelling in Pembrokeshire

During 2021‐22 Deb worked as a Community Storyteller (Cyfarwydd) as part of Beyond the Border’s Mycelium Hub Project.

Cyfarwydd for Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival and People Speak Up:

Funded by the Hub, Straeon Gwaun was re-launched as Straeon Sir Benfro / Pembrokeshire Storytelling. The committee is currently seeking alternative funding to run again in the Autumn.

An Over-friendly Mari Lwyd

Photo: Mari Lwyd made an unexpected appearance at Straeon Sir Benfro in December 2022.
Made by Hedydd Hughes, local storyteller and primary school teacher.


Spirit of Water, Heart of Stone

Theatr Gwaun

Thursday 22 September 2022  |  Time: 8:30 pm

Venue: On Land's Edge Festival – Theatr Gwaun

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Creation myth and climate change were stirred together in the cauldron and the boiling liquid spat these two stories out. United by a deep love of nature, award-winning storyteller Deb Winter and musician/composer Gill Stevens share two powerful stories with passion, urgency and insight into the human condition. Deb’s inventiveness with words is matched by Gill’s creativity on the viola da gamba to give you an immersive experience that speaks to the heart, challenges borders and embraces ‘the other’.

My collaboration with Gill Stevens (viola da gamba) - our short water-inspired piece (performed in 2021 at Dyffryn Fernant) is back, paired with a sort of adult fairy tale, inspired by Norse mythology & folklore.


Edge Festival, Solva

Narwhal

Sunday 31 July 2022

Venue: Literature Tent  |  Time: 10:30 pm  ‐  12:00 pm

“The Stars were Singing”


Dreams and Desires

Deb With Raven Feathers

The Llangwm Literary Festival

Sunday 14 August 2022

Venue: The Big Marquee  |  Time: 5:00 pm  ‐  6:00 pm

Tales of strange loves and longings from lively storyteller Deborah Winter. Whether her words paint pictures of the arctic seaboard or a medieval feasting hall, the audience is drawn into that world.

Passion and playfulness are Deb's hallmarks as an oral storyteller. Sit back and travel in your mind to some unexpected destinations as old tales are re-forged and the sparks fly out into the night.


Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival

Deb with the Violinists

Spirit of Water, Heart of Stone

Aberystwyth Art Centre  ‐  Friday, 2nd September 9pm

Creation myth and climate change were stirred together in the cauldron and the boiling liquid spat these two stories out.

United by a deep love of nature, storyteller Deb Winter and musician Gill Stevens share two powerful stories with passion, urgency and insight into the human heart.

Deb's inventiveness is matched by Gill's versatility on the bass viol to give you an immersive experience that speaks to the heart, challenges borders and embraces “the other ”.


Chasing The Moon

QUEENS HALL, NARBERTH  ‐  Friday, 9th September 7pm

Wrap a silver-tongued storyteller round with sweet and strange sounds and you have an evening of enthralling tales woven with entrancing music.

Storyteller Deb Winter leads you to unexpected places and ambushes you with moments of surprise and delight as we travel in the strange land of her imagination. Kind lies, impossible tasks and a brave heart lead young Aixa into danger as she 'chases the moon' in the middle east; whilst back in medieval Wales two men see something few have ever seen.

Versatile violinists Jayne O’Hara and Barney Griffiths draw you into Deb’s strange world with alluring music and original improvisations that make the stories glisten with magic.

Deb with the Violinists

The Stars Were Singing
Stars Were Singing Poster

The Company of Birds (and other stories)

Deb Winter with the voice & cello of Ailsa Mair Hughes

Date & Time: 25th July, 8pm

Venue: Felin Uchaf, Llŷn Peninsula

Roundhouse Poster
Roundhouse Listings Poster

Under The Waves
Under The Waves Poster

The Fire-Maker
Firemaker Poster

Impetuous Deeds
Impetuous Deeds Poster

Storytelling Weekend at

The National Botanical Gardens

- Green Magic
Strange Tales of Talking Trees, Tempting Toadstools, Magical Plants & Mischievous Spirits with evergreen storyteller Deb Winter


Pixie Deb on Toadstool

Fins & Skins
Fins Poster

In ‘Fins & Skins’, poet and storyteller are united by a deep love for the ocean​.


Tales From The Forest
Tales From The Forest Poster

Frogs & Wolves: A Storytelling Workshop
Deb Storyteling


Tenby Arts Festival: Strange Goings On
Deb Storyteling

Venue: Church House, Upper Frog Street, Tenby SA70 7JG

Date: Saturday, 23rd September, 2pm

Storytelling with Deb Winter

Lively Storyteller Deb Winter presents a medley of strange tales to surprise and entertain you.

What is going bump in the night? Who comes in out of the mist? Mysteries and mischief from a playful teller of traditional tales.


Curious Stories, Cheltenham Science Festival
Curious Stories Poster

Date: Saturday, 10th June

Join the Institute of Physics and storyteller Deb Winter for an evening of weird and wonderful science, as scientists share stories which will both surprise and entertain.



All Four Corners
All Four Corners Poster

Trysts & Promises
Trysts Poster

Behind The Veil
Behind The Veil Poster

Spoken Word Saturday 2017
Spoken Word Saturday Poster

The Company of Birds
Company of Birds Poster

The Story Weavers

Pontardawe Arts Centre

Company of Birds Poster

Delyth Jenkins, Deborah Winter and Prue Thimbleby bring you a special show commissioned by the 2016 Gwanwyn Festival: an Evening of storytelling and Celtic harp.



The Magic of Green
Magic of Green Poster

Trysts & Promises

Wednesday, July 27th 2016 at Tregwynt Mansion, Haverfordwest

A tryst in a medieval orchard; a journey into forbidden lands; love, redemption and sacrifice.

Travel back in time with storyteller Deb Winter and musician Fiona Barrow (fiddle, harp, accordian) and meet a dark lord and a fair lady. Pass some time with us at the inn with a mysterious stranger. But be very careful what you say to him…words are dangerous things…………

Music: Fiona Barrow is a professional violinist who trained classically and also followed a love of traditional music, playing on the west coast of Ireland for 2 years, and also made a living as a street musician travelling across Europe as a solo act and with various outfits including Tragic Roundabout, Fiasco di Casino, and Swervy World theatre.

She toured with the Doppelganger gypsy orchestra playing at Topkapi Palace, Istanbul, Skopje Festival in Macedonia and Tuzla in Bosnia. She played a sell-out run on Broadway with Travelling Lights award- winning show ‘Into The West’ and completed several tours with Kneehigh theatre including ‘Tristan and Yseult’ at Sydney festival, Australia, Wellington festival, New Zealand and Spoleto festival in South Carolina. She also toured for 5 years with singer Eve Loiseau in the hit show ‘Piaf -the Songs’.

Fiona has composed and performed for storytelling for many years. She was musician in residence in Somerset for a year with storyteller Jane Flood, and toured the sell-out show ‘Peter and the Wolf’ with Martin Maudsley, appearing Beyond the Border, Bath Fringe and Sage, Gateshead.


Dreams and Desires Poster

The Red Shoes
Red Shoes Poster

Dreams & Desires
Dreams and Desires Poster

A Medley of Tales
Why Stories Must Be Told

Call of The Wild

Join singer Rosie Sleightholme (“Utterly wonderful stuff” - BBC Radio Wales) and storyteller Deb Winter (“Storyteller of the Year” - Bristol Storyfest 2015) as they weave a blend of original and traditional songs and stories, taking you on a magical journey into forbidden forests, wild seashores and strange lands.


Call of The Wild Poster


Videos of Deborah Storytelling

Jack's Trip
Recorded for the Awen Project by
Ar Waith Ar Daith


Story Beginnings
Bird Song
Videos courtesy of Chris Bidmead
chrisbidmead@myway.com

Comments from attendees

“Thank you so much for such a superb performance and teaching slot yesterday. I felt so inspired that I have been musing over three stories, pacing back and forth in my mind trying to find a wordpath to the journey I am on.”

“The storytelling workshop was excellent. I really enjoyed the session and found it very inspiring.”

“Your enthusiasm is infectious!”

“I have found my inner performer!”