A dreamy Sunday afternoon – what local mysteries inspired local author Alan Garner?

Looking for ways to while away the first Sunday afternoon in October? How about a dreamy afternoon listening to a mix of poetry, storytelling and music about the memories of our renowned local author Alan Garner?

This is a unique opportunity to hear some of Alan’s memoirs of growing up in Cheshire brought to life.

Celebrated as the author of ‘The Weirdstone of Brisingamen’ and 12 other books for children and adults, Alan’s fascinating account of his wartime boyhood in Alderley Edge, and which local yarns and legends inspired his writing, is a wonderful look-back to a bygone rural age.

This afternoon show, from 3pm on Sunday October 6th in St Luke’s Church, Goostrey, celebrates the publication of Goostrey-based Alan Garner’s memoir ‘Where Shall We Run To?’.

It’s a collaboration between storyteller Nick Hennessey and musician and composer John Dipper, with script-development support from Alan’s daughter Elizabeth, a novelist and editor.

Tickets for this special afternoon, entitled ‘Over and Nether, ’are £15, available here.

“The storytelling and music were wonderful, and I found the Q&A very inspirational in getting me thinking about storytelling and place”  Kate Picker Visitor Experience Manager, The National Trust

Other opportunities during our event-filled first Goosfest 2019 weekend…..


 Friday evening October 4th: a cabaret-style Friday evening of easy-listening jazz, from 8pm in Goostrey Village Hall on October 4th , with licensed bar opening at 7pm Click here for tickets, priced £15. 
 Saturday daytime: a day-time Saturday photographic workshop, from 10am to 4pm in Goostrey Sports Pavilion, with instruction on still life photography from award-winning professional photographer Richard Weston. There are still a few places at £20. Click here to book.
 Saturday evening, October 5th: on the first Goosfest Saturday night, October 5th, we’ve got a special Cheshire appearance by BBC ‘Springwatch’ presenter and wildlife expert Iolo Williams at 8pm in Terra Nova School Performing Arts Centre. Tickets are £18 each. Click here for more information.

Sunday afternoon’s Floral Masterclass is fully booked, but if you fancy a rural treat on Sunday evening….

 Sunday evening, October 6th: we’ve got up-and-coming country music star Katie O’Malley and her band, in ‘The Barn Upstairs’ at The Orchards Farm, Twemlow Lane, from 7.30pm. Tickets cost £13. You can still book here.

And that’s just the first weekend. There are still another 27 events to follow. Check out the Goosfest 2019 website for full details and availability on each event.

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