There is a strong storytelling element to this year’s festival.

“The universe is made of stories not atoms”

“A good story cannot be devised; it has to be distilled”

We are great fans of storytelling at Furness Tradition; we firmly believe that stories are for all ages – not just small children. Stories unlock keys in our imagination and give a very real understanding of the world around us.  In this multimedia age, there is something vital and nourishing about connecting with others face to face for the sharing of a story or song.



Steve Wharton

Thursday 6th July, Natterjacks Coffee House, Queen Street 7 pm  £4.00/small children free.

Steve starts off our Thursday evening Festival warm up with his one man Cumbrian Stories and Songs show. This is a pre-festival event and admission is not included in the Storytelling ticket.







Katherine Soutar Caddick
Katherine Soutar Caddick


Exhibition of Illustrations drawn from Traditional stories

Katherine Soutar-Caddick

From Saturday 8th July 10 am until Sunday 9th July 1 pm, Coronation Hall Ante Room – Free admission

Katherine is a freelance illustrator and glass artist who works on ideas that appeal to her sense of fun and way of seeing the world as well as exploring the rich seams of myth and story. She is currently working on cover Illustrations for the County Folktales series of books by the History press – a perfect commission for someone who loves stories.

She will be exhibiting some of her work as well as taking part in a workshop discussing her approach to illustrating stories.



Madam Bridget’s caravan of curiosity presents:

The Golden Orb of Prophecy

Saturday 8th July, 10.30am, Ulverston Library £5.00

Hidden deep within the recesses of Madam Bridget’s caravan are many objects of antiquity and mystery, and none more so than the Golden orb of prophecy. Lost in the vales of time but unearthed during a random spring clean, the Golden orb is bursting at the seams with stories and songs of past times and hidden futures. Madam Bridget invites you to join her for a slap stick show that will reveal the many secrets of this ancient treasure and you never know……it might reveal your fortune!!!! 



Tales From the Wild Edge

Dougie MacKay

Saturday 8th July – 3.30pm, Coronation Hall Supper Room £10.00/£8.00
The Scottish Highlands are heralded by many as “Europes last Wilderness”, yet how wild is it? Has this once wild frontier become domesticated, or do pockets of wildness still rustle from the gnarled birch woods, rugged coast & boggy moors?  Which stories still lie in the land yearning to be told?
Contemporary Highland storyteller, Dougie Mackay, leads a journey of rewilding through folktales from the British Isles and overseas.  Inviting the audience to follow unkempt paths, alert to animal allies, ears pricked for dangers, revelling in mossy delights and venturing where few dare.  Shake off the domestic and go feral for the afternoon.  A howling delight of a storytelling show blending traditional Highland styles and wandering verve.





Ian Douglas, Dougie MacKay and Mark Borthwick

Fireside stories 

Saturday 8th July – 10.30 till late – Hope & Anchor Beer Garden – Free

Around the firebowl in the Hope & Anchor garden

New for this year’s festival is a late night of fireside storytelling and fine tunes hosted by our resident storyteller Ian Douglas, with Mark Borthwick and Dougie MacKay these fine weavers of words will have you enthralled and enthused, maybe enough to tell your own story?




Storytelling Forum discussion

Sunday 9th July – 10am, Coronation Hall Ante Room £5.00

Mark Borthwick, Steve Wharton, Ian Douglas, Dougie MacKay and illustrator Katherine Soutar-Caddick

This was an incredibly popular event last year and we have been urged to repeat this – hear about our storyteller’s inspirations, approaches to their craft, ask them questions and of course hear a few stories.

If you wish to attend all 3 of the above events you can save money by buying a Storytelling ticket.