Telling tales at the City Museum

Press Release: 22/11/2004

Michael O'Leary, otherwise known as the Hagstone Storyteller, is to visit the City Museum in Winchester to tell tall tales, yarns and legends of old Winchester.

Come along and hear a traditional storyteller weave his tales of fearsome giants, heroes and spooks, all with a local flavour, for a family audience.

Prepare to be entertained with the legend of the Viking giant Colbrand who fought the English hero Guy of Warwick on Danemark Field just outside the Winchester City Walls. Hear the gruesome saga of Sigmund and the wolf, carved by King Canute onto the walls of his cathedral in Winchester, and, discover more about the mysterious sleepers under the hill!

Michael O'Leary is based in Southampton, but his stories are influenced by traditional folk tales from across the British Isles and beyond.

"Mike aims to bring alive local places, legendary events and ancient museum objects in the imaginations of his audience." said Sher Kent, visitor services manager at Winchester City Council's Museums Service, "The day promises to include exciting and spooky stories mixed with a little bit of music and a great deal of laughter".

Tales commence on Saturday 27 November 2004 at 11.00, 12.30, 2.00, and 3.30 pm. Admission to this special event is free and no booking is required, just turn up!

For more information contact Winchester Museums Service on 01962 848269, e-mail,