Lyn Ford
Lyn FordUSA
Lynette Ford is a fourth-generation Affrilachian storyteller and Ohio teaching artist. She has shared folktales, spooky stories and original narratives all her life. Lyn’s work is now published in educational resources, and in her award-winning books: Affrilachian Tales: Folktales from the African-American Appalachian Tradition; Beyond the Briar Patch: Affrilachian Folktales, Food and Folklore; Hot Wind, Boiling Rain: Scary Stories for Strong Hearts, and (with storytelling friend Sherry Norfolk), Boo-Tickle Tales: Not-So-Scary Stories for Kids. Lyn is a member of the National Association of Black Storytellers’ Circle of Elders and the National Writers Council. Lyn has ten grandchildren, four great-grandsons, and a patient husband.

Daniel Morden
Daniel MordenWales
Welsh storyteller DANIEL MORDEN has told traditional stories for a living since 1989. A firm favourite, he has performed at the Cape Clear International Storytelling festival three times before, as well as teaching Storytelling workshops on the island. His work has taken him all over the world, from remote First Nation communities in the Arctic Circle to the Sydney Writers Festival. He has researched and retold a wide variety of stories, including Greek myth, Welsh folktale and the tales that inspired Shakespeare and Chaucer. He is also an award-winning author.

Joe Brennan
Joe BrennanIreland
Joe Brennan is delighted to be returning to Cape Clear to share his stories of wonder, adventure and fun. Since his last visit he has travelled south to India and Egypt, West to the US, East to Lithuania and Russia, north to Norway and Iceland. He also found time to write children’s plays; create and perform ‘Star Boy’, an early years theatre piece with no words, and ‘Whispering Waves’, a storytelling performance piece and published his first book ‘Donegal Folk Tales’.
Czenge Zalka
Czenge ZalkaHungary
Csenge Virág Zalka is a storyteller and author from Hungary. She holds an MA in Archaeology, an MA in Storytelling, and a PhD in Culture Studies. She travels the world, sharing rare Hungarian folktales and long traditional stories with her audiences in English, Spanish, and Hungarian. She has a special love for myths, epics, and other complex ancient narratives, while her academic research focuses on connections between oral tradition and popular culture. As an author, she publishes world folktales (Tales of Superhuman Powers, McFarland, 2013) and Hungarian fairy tales (Dancing on Blades, Parkhurst Brothers, 2018) from her repertoire.
John Spillane
John SpillaneCork
John Spillane landed a full-time permanent and pensionable job on his 18th birthday as a bank official in the Bank of Ireland. Two years later he left that job to become a full-time professional musician.” My mother nearly killed me”. He has played with many bands and musical outfits. As well as solo work, and also on occasion played with some outstanding musicians like Jimmy Mc Carthy, Baaba Maal, Christy Moore, Ger Wolfe, Sinead Lohan, Pauline Scanlon.
It has been a fantastic musical journey, releasing 10 albums and playing music in Ireland, and throughout Britain and Europe, U.S.A., Canada, Bermuda, Zambia, Senegal, China and Japan.

MC’s DURING THE 2018 FESTIVAL MC’s will include (various past & present members of the committee)

Pat Speight: Pat has told stories from Cork to Tennessee, Belfast to Montreal, North of England to Sardinia and many places in between. He has told stories to groups of two to 1200. A featured teller at festivals all over Ireland, England, and North America, is a regular visitor to Cape Clear.  He was Storyteller-in-Residence to Cork County Council in 2002.  He is the MC for the ever popular “Story Swap” event on Saturday afternoon.

Liz Weir: From County Antrim she is the founder of the Yarnspinner community storytelling groups in Ireland (1986). She was Director of the Ulster Storytelling Festival (1989-2008), and the North West International Storytelling Festival in Derry (1993-2000). She is currently the Director of the new Ghosts in the Glens Festival. She has been a member of the Cape Clear International Storytelling festival since its inception. Since 1992, she has travelled the world performing at international storytelling events, from the National Storytelling Festival (Tennessee) to the Australian and Canadian National Storytelling Festivals.

Paddy O’Brien: Born in Co Kerry he is a natural storyteller who has appeared at the Cape Clear Storytelling festival on three occasions including the first festival in 1994. He has also featured regularly at many of the other Irish storytelling festivals such as Slieve Bloom and Courtmacsherry.

Diarmuid O Drisceoil:  He grew up in a bi-lingual home, speaking English and Gaelic, and listened to the stories of his wide family network for years. He draws his stories mainly from the Irish tradition but adapts them to suit his surreal sense of humour. He has been a great favourite with audiences as MC at the festival for a number of years. Diarmuid is the author of four books, three of which with his brother Donal. The most recent offerings “50 years have flown: A History of Cork Airport”, and “Serving a City: The Story of Cork’s English Market” have been widely acclaimed.

Jack Lynch: Jack has twice been the featured Irish storyteller at the Cape Clear Festival, and has been a regular teller at local arts festivals and at storytelling festivals – Cultra, Omagh, Scealta Shamhna, Slieve Bloom, Sperrins, and Courtmacsherry. He is a founder member of the Dublin Yarnspinners and of Storytellers of Ireland/ Aos Sceal Éireann.