Here’s my itinerary:
All three stories were very well-received. I don’t think anyone had heard them before, which I loved. I purposely chose lesser known fairy tales, and it was so rewarding to see the audience genuinely captivated. My favourite moment was after ‘White Bear King Valemon,’ when one family went rushing out to the front of the house to look under the bridge for the troll-hag!
Inside the hall, Lady Walpole and I put together a display of fairy tale books from both of our collections. They received a lot of attention, especially after I gave the talk.
One woman also came up to me and said that I had inspired her to tell more fairy tales to her grandchildren, and be more creative with them. I smiled and thanked her, but inside I was just melting with joy. All I want out of life is to talk to people, help them, and make a difference. However small. This woman proved that I could do that with stories. She gave me hope, and I made up my mind then and there to do more events like this one.
Aside from my little area, there was also a fabulous children’s book stall run by North Norfolk Children’s Book Centre. They had dragons:
And of course, I bought some books. Sorry not sorry:
Outside in the gardens, little metal fairies made by the talented Baron at Wolterton Forge were hidden in various places. Lots of people followed the fairy trail, and found cuties such as these:
Local hospices came and set up stalls, too. In total, over £300 was raised to support them. Fairy tales and helping charity – what a great combination! Thank you to Lord & Lady Walpole for hosting the event, and for letting me be a storyteller. And thank you to everyone who came and generously supported the hospices.