27-29th October inclusive, so arrive on Friday 26th October 2018

Storyteller in Residence: Carol Russell

Carol Russell trained at the Jamaica School Drama as an Actor/Teacher. She now works in Britain as a writer, storyteller and consultant using storytelling in organisations.

A professional storyteller since 1994 Carol has worked in schools, universities and libraries, planning and executing storytelling and writing workshops. She was guest storyteller on BBC’s GLR for three years, and has also performed at many international storytelling festivals, including, the Scottish International Storytelling festival and the Cape Clear International Storytelling festival.

As a writer her work has been commissioned by all the major British TV broadcasters, including screenplay, HOUSE OF USHER, a short films made for the BBC, a half hour single drama, A SUITABLE  CANDIDATE for Channel 4. She was also one of the BAFTA nominated team of adapters of Jacqueline Wilson’s Story of Tracy Beaker. In 2010 she won the BAFTA/Stellar Network pitching competition. She is currently developing a drama series, Dark Justice, with GreenAcre Films. Carol’s original drama series, Mackenzie’s Law, is currently in development with BBC.

Workshop: A Story, A Story. Let it come, let it go.

Description: From traditional tales to dilemma tales to personal stories from your own life, bring a story you like, can relate to and feel comfortable with and join Carol Russell and discover the joys of telling stories.


Timetable: Where and When

To be held in cottage 6 behind Ciaran Danny Mike’s Pub

SATURDAY 27 October
10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m
Morning Session

1:00 p.m – 2.00 p.m

2:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m
Evening Session

9:00 p.m – 11:00 p.m
Optional Stories/music
location to be confirmed

SUNDAY 28 October
10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m
Morning Session

1:00 p.m – 2.00 p.m

2:00 p.m – 5:00 p.m
Evening Session

6:30 p.m – ….. p.m
DINNER in a restaurant on the island
location to be confirmed



MONDAY 29 October
9:00 a.m – 12:00 p.m
Morning Session

1:00 p.m – whenever p.m
Optional Island Walk

4:00 p.m
More ferries, Monday morning at 7:15 a.m or 9:00 a.m

Tuesday 9:00am or 4:00pm

Open to all but limited to c. 16: A fun yet heuristic opportunity for aspiring storytellers, practicing storytellers, teachers of all levels, librarians, social workers, politicians, actors , priests, publicans. . .

When Applying


Total cost €200 = €150 for course plus a non-refundable registration fee of €50.

A light buffet Lunch of  Vegetable soup (gluten/ dairy free) and an array of bread, crackers, cheese, ham, various salads, and other delights, along with cakes, tea, herbal tea, coffee and biscuits, will be created and served up by our delightful assistant Ann Brennan, on Saturday and Sunday, meals will be included in the price. Monday lunch will be what ever is left! Or you can buy lunch in Sean Rua’s restaurant before you leave the Island…or in Bushe’s of Baltimore (to be on the safe side)

Any dietary issues please tell us in registration email.

A special banquet for all, held Sunday night, will be an extra, price (and location) yet to be determined.


email Michel (michschell followed by @gmail.com) to book a place.



Latest registration by Sept 9, 2018: ( €50 )

Workshop fee by October 1st 2018. ( €150 )



Registration process: 


1. Send an email to michschell ( complete the address with “@gmail.com“).

Any dietary issues please tell us in registration email.


2. You will receive an email-confirmation that you have been placed on the registration-list on a first-come first-serve basis.


3. Make sure to pay the non-refundable registration fee within *two weeks* of your email confirmation. Please note that if you have not paid your registration fee within these two weeks, we may no longer be able to guarantee your place.


4. Once all places on the workshop have been filled, we will keep your name on a reserve list through which you may still obtain a place should someone cancel.

*Note: the workshop fee can also be paid in one go with the registration fee at the time of registering *



HOUSE SHOES  Please bring slippers, as both houses are shoe free zones

Accommodation options: usually a gang of us stay in the Hostel, where we can make our own breakfast’s and dinner’s. Email hostel direct to book a place, prior booking is best, Info@capeclearhostel.com

There is a B&B – Eileen Leonard 028 39160 (close to Chucks house, that will now be a 20 min walk to the new venue for our workshop )

Cape Clear Holiday Houses; there is an opportunity for people to stay there, so if  up to 6 people would like to club together you could rent a house, one en-suite double room and two twin rooms, so hardly any walking involved, please contact Mary O Drisceoil 0044 7553359596, or 086 3665078 please organize this amongst your selves

VENUE for Workshop

We will be working in the Holiday houses close to North Harbour.


If you require a taxi for the short walk up a small hill, ring 086 3836759



Leaving Baltimore:   (€16 return)  45 minute crossing

Friday ( 26th ) ferry service to Cape Clear

Sailing: 11am or 5.30pm


Leaving Cape Clear:

Ferry is at 4pm (Monday 29th)

More ferries, Monday morning at 7:15 a.m or 9:00 a.m

Tuesday 9:00am or 4:00pm




The Storytelling Workshop, sister to the Storytelling Festival, is also in it’s 24th year. Chuck and Nell Kruger, founders of both the Cape Clear Storytelling Festival and the popular October Weekend Storytelling Workshop, have sadly left the Island. However a bunch of hard core attendees have decided to keep it going in their honour, and also because they love it too much to let it die.

*Please note that the location for holding the workshop has changed on the island, it will now be held in the holiday houses behind Ciaran Danny Mikes Pub, same as last year, not far from where the ferry comes in.