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An invitation to attend the court of Neversleep
(Bedtime Stories for the Royal Children)

Adrian Spendlow’s Storytelling Experience at the Dean Court Hotel just by York Minster, 7.30pm the second Tuesday of each month.

Join Adrian in the Court Cafe Bistro-Bar and dip into his story menu to select performance poetry and tales on many topics to create an evening unique for you. Join in with the Open House as a poet or storyteller or relax and listen while selecting from the extensive bar lists and bistro menu.

Admission is free and all are welcome whether poets, tellers, listeners, applauders, accompanists, enthusiast or balladeer.

There is always a great atmosphere at this friendly monthly event

13th March – 10th April – 8th May – 12th June – 10th July – 14th August – 11th September – 9th October – 13th November – 11th December – etc

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Telling Arts: This exciting new Community Interest Company bring us monthly Storytelling: Hosted by local storytellers from Telling Arts.

If you enjoy a good tale or have one to share then come along to our regular family friendly storytelling sessions. Held the 1st Sunday of each month 11.30-12.30 York Explore - (Central Library) - Entrance free of charge – Café open.

Sunday 1st April (Mary and Richard) - Sunday 6th May – 3rd June – 1st July – 5th August (During the Medieval Festival) – 2nd September – 7th October – 4th November – 2nd December - etc.


All Welcome


Adrian will be performing at this great youth centre – Door 84 in York, have a click through and ask about joining in there?


Join Adrian at Beverley Festival :: Folk Acoustic Roots :: 15 - 17 June 2012


Viking Market Gudvangen Viking Valley, Norway 

10th anniversary! Viking market and Nordic Summer Games 2012

20th-22nd July - Special Children's day Friday 20th!

Viking Valley - Gudvangen Fjordtell


Adrian will be a Pirate Storyteller at Light Water Valley for We Are Theatre for the following September weekends – 8th-9th / 15th-16th / 22nd-23rd / 29th-30th

Enquire for further details -


Pendle Witches

Storyteller Helen M Sant the organiser of the York Storytelling Festival has just initiated a collaboration with Adrian to present a show on the case of the Pendle Witches –

Enquire about bookings at

And the first booking:- Towneley Hall

From the site:- October 31st Spooky Tours & Tales-12.00 until 4pm & 7pm until 10pm-Booked places only - Charge to be made - 01282 477130 for details & to book.


NB Helen will now be performing with The Pennine Poets in place of Adrian:

Sunday 1st April 6.00p.m – 8.30p.m - Wolfe Room, upstairs at Black Swan Inn, Peasholme Green, York. Tickets : £4.00 from York Theatre Royal Box Office 01904 623568


Exciting News

Adrian’s new appointment and lots on York 800 below

               – on forthcoming Medieval Projects: York 800


Personal Skald to the Chieftain

Adrian has recently accepted the roll of Personal Skald for the Chiftain of Viking Valley, Gudvangen in Norway. Here for you now is the poetic piece he wrote as his acceptance speech.

Read here


Lost in time and Space

An exciting new event from Adrian as featured in Shine.

Lost in Space and Time


York 800 poem

Here is the piece written especially for Shine to commemorate York 800

Twelve Hundred and Twelve


Community Links

Lots to do for families in York and the region…. - Be fulfilled and fill your life.



Drawing on aspects of medieval drama, in particular the saint’s plays, storyteller Adrian Spendlow, as his character Hobb, presents a one man play of myth, belief, daily life and folklore.


York 1212 - Available for performance in schools and museums upon request.

Walk through the streets of old York of eight hundred years ago with riveting storyteller Adrian Spendlow as the character Hobb; smell the smells, see the sights, meet the people who populate these many different alleyways and narrow streets and hear the tales of their lives, of their beliefs and their concerns. Your imagination will be filled.


This riveting set will come with a full follow on pack of how to write your own tales, how to recreate the scenes of the day and how to tell the tale of York now.


Nutshell Opera Company

As narrator and co-writer with this new company Adrian presents for you here their first production

The Tale of Orlando

Drawing on the medieval writings of Ludovico Ariosto, and the songs of Handel, we continue the tradition of the tale being added to and developed with this our first production.

Further productions are in development including the recent plan to create storytelling of riveting elements of this epic tale of romance, magic and daring-do with musical accompaniment and song.

Some background:   – 1474 - 1533 - 1516 - 1685 – 1759) – 1719

Review of The Nutshell Opera Company’s Space 109 Performance

Hi Ade,  This is just to say a big THANK YOU for Saturday's fantastic entertainment.  Marvellous poetry and storytelling, gorgeous music, delicious food, relaxed and welcoming venue (with all the pictures, it rather put me in mind of the Chelsea Arts Club) - the perfect night out, in fact.  I do hope you'll be doing similar events in the future.

 Which reminds me, I've had the Penguin edition of Orlando Furioso on my bookshelves for years - sorry, decades.  Perhaps I'll now get round to reading it! Cheers, Julie”

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Adrian Spendlow: 01904 789950 / 07952 425670. 6 Acomb Mews, Front Street, Acomb, York YO243BQ
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