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Mazed

www.mazedtales.org

Cornwall is a place rich in myth and legend, and the Cornish people are born storytellers. In the past Cornwall’s stories would have been told by wandering droll storytellers, sung in ballad form by balladeers and then told by anyone and everyone round the fire on a cold winter’s night.

STORY COLLECTING

Stories have been found in old collections, and in interviews with members of the local community . Some of these interviews were recorded as oral story histories. Mazed story researchers have been trained in oral history collecting techniques by CAVA.

If you are know any local tales you would like to contribute to the collection: please contact us!

STREET STORYTELLING

A puppet of Liskeard’s umbrella man Bill Chubb, accompanied by Liskeard actor Nina Hills, is bringing local stories onto the street at festivals in South East Cornwall, starting with St Matthews Fair in Liskeard and Looe Music Festival .

FIRESIDE STORYTELLING

Storytelling workshops sharing local tales and tips for home tale telling have been held at local libraries. Storytelling sessions are held at local residential homes.

WEBSITE

The website is an archive of traditional tales from Caradon, growing as new tales are found. It features Bill Chubb’s blog of living memory stories contributed by people from the area; some true tales, some mazed memories.

COMMUNITY STORYTELLING

Collections of stories have been made from 12 locations in the Caradon area. Schoolchildren from these places heard their local tales, then retold them to their friends and families at droll tea parties. There was a public vote for each community’s favorite story.The children then took part in a visual storytelling workshop to bring their story to life – in different ways eg puppets, sculpture, textiles. A moodboard was made to record the results of these workshops. The workshops took place between September 2013 and Febuary 2014.

ANIMATIONS

The 12 chosen stories, 1 for each location, have been animated,6 by professional animators and 6 by students at Falmouth University. The animation of each place’s story will be inspired by the visuals on that community’s moodboard.

SMARTPHONE APP

A free app of 12 animated Mazed tales has been produced by Awen and made available in Apple and android formats. It will work in geopositional mode so each story can be experienced in its unique place. The app will also work in armchair mode, so the stories can be viewed anywhere. The Mazed app will launch on 2nd September 2014.

BOOK

A very limited edition book will be produced of the Mazed stories, with artwork from the project. It will be available at local libraries and museums.

EXHIBITION OF STORIES AND STORYTELLING

There will be an exhibition of Mazed stories at Liskeard Museum in the summer of 2014.

Upcoming Events

October 2019

Spooks and Smugglers

October 24 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Old Sardine Factory,
West Quay, Looe, PL13 2BX
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Join Sue Field and her puppet, Bill, in the heritage centre for spooky tales from South East Cornwall folklore. Sue worked on the hugely successful Mazed Tales project, and is now bringing the stories to the Old Sardine Factory. We will also be running puppet making activities throughout the day so you can tell your own spooky stories at home.

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