Telling Christmas Tales at The City Museum

Press Release: 21/11/2005

Michael O'Leary, otherwise known as the Hagstone Storyteller, is to visit the City Museum Winchester telling seasonal 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.

Hear how Old Tom trapped the ghost that was going to spoil Christmas for the inhabitants of No Man's land, and how Alfred's toes ran through the streets of Winchester.

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 local places, legendary events and ancient museum objects alive, in the imaginations of his audience." said Cllr Therese Evans, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Sport.

Sher Kent, Visitor Services Manager for the Museum, commented "This is just one of a series of family fun days we hold throughout the year. I am really looking forward to hearing the story of Alfred's toes!"

Tales commence on Saturday 3 December at 11.00, 11.45 12.30, 2.00, 2.45 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 848 269, e-mail , .