Any Ol’ Flour! – #TheTelling #DoncasterIsGreat #Telling2


A big thank you to Allegra, Rachel, Tim & Artfuel for the loan of cables and heaters for the pop-up cinema. This event is turning into a celebration of the Gift Economy before it’s even begun!

One last call out, does anyone have any spare flour for the bread-making workshop? Ben used to work for an evil supermarket, but loved bread too much to keep churning out soulless loaves. He’s presently hoping to set himself up as an artisan baker and volunteered to host the workshop for free. Unfortunately he hasn’t got a huge supply of flour, so if anyone has any spare it will be as warmly welcomed as the smell of freshly baked bread. πŸ™‚

Oh, nearly forgot, definitely the last call out… we could still do with replacement braziers if anyone has any; old oil drums, metal dustbins, that sort of thing.

See you soon x

Push for Publicity for #TheTelling – #DoncasterIsGreat #Telling2

telling flare

Despite sending out more press releases and photographs this time around we were largely ignored again by the local press. This is totally understandable as it’s not the easiest event to describe… as an exercise in ‘immediatism’ you have to actually be there to completely understand it. πŸ˜‰

We are concerned however by the number of people who told us they missed the first event, so if you can help spread the word to everyone you know it would be much appreciated. The flyer is here if you need it. πŸ™‚

Cables & Calor required for part two of #TheTelling #DoncasterIsGreat #Telling2


With just two sleeps to go until the FRIDAY FREE FILM NIGHT which will kick-off a weekend of activities for The Telling we find ourselves in need of a little help. Getting power to the basement room has proved tricky and, as we’ve mentioned before, the room in question is rather chilly so we’re putting one last call out for equipment. We can power the projector and lights, but need some more electrical extension cables if anyone has any we can borrow for the weekend (the more the merrier!).

Also the system we have at the moment might struggle with electric heaters, so if anyone has access to Calor Gas heaters. or a small generator they would be warmly (pun intended) welcomed. πŸ™‚

Also bringing your own hot water bottle is highly recommended just in case! πŸ˜‰

What to bring to part 2 of #TheTelling #DoncasterIsGreat #Telling2


Part 2 of The Telling is nearly here, so we thought it would be good to provide a list of things you might like to bring with you…

FRIDAY: The Free Film night begins at 6pm and takes place in an old basement area of Church View. We going to be busy this week making sure the place is as comfortable as possible, but it is winter and it will be cold. So bring warm clothes, flasks of warm drinks (to share obviously) and hot water bottles. Also if you have any interesting short films you’d like to share you can bring them on DVD or memory stick and Kala & Cal will decide if they’re suitable to show over the weekend.

SATURDAY: Needless to say warm clothing is recommended again. We’ll have some old gloves available for the make-do-and-mend workshop which you can mend and keep πŸ™‚ If you have any gloves or other warm clothing in need of a little TLC feel free to bring them too. They’ll also be an Open Music Workshop, so bring an instrument if you have one. In the interests of the environment you might like to bring your own mug. And in the interests of the Gift Economy you might like to bring something to give or share with everyone else (non-plastic and preferable home made… perhaps even a song or a story).

SUNDAY: Warm clothes (again) and big hugs to say goodbye to the friends you’ve made… and it might be an idea to dress down so you can help tidy up. πŸ˜‰

Fire & Heat Wanted for #TheTelling – #Telling2 #DoncasterIsGreat

A big thank you to Iona, Chris, Mick and John for their donations of wood and other combustibles! πŸ™‚

We’ve been advised that the braziers we used for part one are on their last legs, so if anyone has any old braziers, oil drums, metal dustbins, etc., that they’re not using please let us know. Ideally it should be something a little like this…


We’re also on the look-out for heaters of any description for the pop-up cinema. It’s taking place in a lovely atmospheric basement room which will be absolutely beautiful lit by the flickering light of the moving image… unfortunately the part of Church View we’re using hasn’t been heated for some time and it would be great if anyone can help take the chill-off πŸ™‚ The Telling is a 100% grass-roots DIY affair which owes its existence to the gift economy, so we’re unable to offer monetary payment for the loan of your equipment, but you’ll get a free ticket and a big hug from a cast member of your choice πŸ˜‰


#TheTelling goes international!.. Soon the world will know #Doncasterisgreat

That’s right people are coming from as far afield as Wales & Scotland for The Telling part two. The main event on Saturday night (2nd Feb) has limited places, so if you fancy a bit of this…

…it might be an idea to let us know you’re coming in advance to avoid any disappointment. Leave a comment below telling us how many are in your party and we’ll make sure your tickets are ready for you on the door.

See you soon for another magical evening! πŸ™‚

#TheTelling MAIN EVENT Poster #DoncasterIsGreat

the telling MAIN EVENT (small)

The main event for part two of The Telling will be a fire-lit music, arts, performance, poetry, feasting, song, dance and storytelling event similar to part one, but with a few new surprises. So far it goes a little something like this…

A power-down, fire-lit evening of wit and wonder hosted by the very wonderful Tim Ralphs and illuminated by the very mysterious Mr Fox

Performers include:

  • Tim Ralphs
  • Mr Fox
  • Shonaleigh
  • Jon Boden
  • Rachel Horne
  • Ian Walker
  • Joie Rachel Carruthers
  • Beast
  • Violet Cannon Jnr
  • Tim Lee
  • Allegra Hawksmoor
  • A Ramshacle Affair

Further acts to be announced

Click here to download and print a PDF of our MAIN EVENT poster πŸ™‚

#DoncasterIsGreat but has it got wood for #TheTelling ?


As you can imagine it takes rather a lot of wood to keep you lovely people warm (and bathed in an eery yellow glow…) during The Telling. We had just about enough for the last event, but came dangerously close to running out. So if anyone out there has any old pallets, cuttings, logs, furniture, hyper-inflated currency, bankers, etc., that you’d like to donate then please leave a comment below and we’ll arrange to get it from you to the fire pit.

Many thanks, The Tellers x

FREE OPEN WORKSHOPS at #TheTelling Saturday 2/2/13 #DoncasterIsGreat

the telling WORKSHOPS (small)

There will be a number of free Open Workshops during part 2 of The Telling. There’s a wide range of themes, but the main focus is on localism, maker culture, craftsmanship, DIY, permaculture, arts, artisans and the gift economy. One of the best introductions to the themes we intend to cover is Mark Boyle‘s ‘The Moneyless Manifesto‘; which is available for free online… but we recommend buying a copy to keep with you at all times!

So far the workshops include:

  • Sewing For Dummies (BRING YOUR OLD SOCKS!) – a drop-in make-do-and-mend workshop with Abi Nielsen & Ria Doyle: no sewing experience necessary, bring any clothes you want to mend or alter, or just come and learn a new skill. Suitable for all
    ages, but children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Open Music-Making (BRING AN INSTRUMENT!) – with Jonathan Penney: learn an instrument or share your own skills with others in an Open Music Making jamming session. Suitable for all ages.
  • Metal Forging Demonstration – with Barney Harris of the Regather Co-operative: we’ll have a forge next to the fire-pit with ongoing metal casting demonstrations… might also be a good place to keep warm on a February afternoon. Suitable for all ages, but younger children must be supervised when near the forge area.
  • Storytelling and Shadow-Puppets – with Shonaleigh: learn to tell stories and/or hone your existing storytelling skills. Adult orientated, but still suitable for younger people – parental discretion is advised.
  • Singing Workshop – with Jon Boden: sweeten your voice and help develop a shared repertoire which blurs the lines between performer and audience, turning a song into a convivial experience. Suitable for all ages.
  • Drumming Workshop – in the Cosmic Yurt! Suitable for all ages.
  • Peacemaking in the 21st Century – talk and informal discussion led by
    Simon Heywood of the Peace Tax Seven. Suitable for all ages.
  • Bread-making – with Ben Pritchard. Suitable for all ages.
  • An Introduction to Permculture – with John Briggs: permaculture is about much more than simply growing your own food, it is a design system (and way of life) which can improve your physical and mental well-being while helping create a better environment for everyone else.
  • RoSY2.0 (Republic of South Yorkshire 2.0) – with Warren Draper: an open and informal brainstorming session which asks what would South Yorkshire look like if it were consciously designed by makers, hackers, permaculturalists, philosophers, artists and artisans.
  • GIFTING: an ongoing event to celebrate the emerging gift economy: bring a thoughtful (non-plastic and preferably non-mass-produced) present and give it to somebody random. Suitable for all ages.

More details to follow… in the meantime click here for a PDF of our WORKSHOPS poster. πŸ™‚