Isabella’s Story Cycle and Exetreme Imagination

extremeExetreme Imagination is Exeter’s festival of writing and stories taking place until 29th October 2016. There’s an exciting programme of author events, creative workshops, performances and exhibitions taking place at arts and cultural venues across the city.

Today we attended a free event at Central Library entitled Uncle Tacko’s Imaginarium and Isabella’s Story Cyclexetreme3e – a veritable feast of creative storytelling at it’s very best. Entertaining and imaginative, fascinating and captivating, children of all ages were enthralled by the carefully curated series of stories, each with a level of audience participation and all in the spirit of the best oral storytelling tradition.

All four story tellers were fantastic but it was the history behind Isabella’s Story Cycle that most captured my imagination.

extetreme2The Story Cycle is a beautiful creation in it’s own right, based on the Japanese Kamishibai style of storytelling using illustrations inside a box theatre on the back of a bicycle. A Kamishibai storyteller cycled from place to place, telling stories with the help of the bike theatre and selling toys and sweets to make a living.

Uncle Tacko’s Imaginarium and Isabella’s Story Cycle will return to Exeter Central Library on Wed 26 & Thu 27 Oct 2016, 11am – 4pm drop in. If the weather is good, they will be outside in Uncle Tacko’s colourful side show tent which will add a whole new level of magic to the stories.

It’s a free event, with stories suitable for ages 4-14 (though the grown ups enjoyed them just as much as the children).

There are lots more events for Exetreme Imagination – find out more on their site.

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