Leeds International Storytelling Festival

Evening at the West Yorkshire Playhouse and we are in the crowd listening to EDDIE LENIHAN tell his macabre Irish folk tales. I like the way that Eddie links his stories to the present 'urban legend' style by telling us that he heard these strange and gruesome tales first hand from the old people involved in them.

He's a hard man to stop when he's in full storytelling mode, eventually the 'management' draw his attention to the time. "Just two minutes more" he replies. As the audience shuffle out Eddie is giving valuable information to protect yourself from 'The Lads' (which include metal, the colour red, running water and salt). Spending time with Eddie makes you believe that taking precautions against the fairy folk is very wise, especially when humans build and invade more and more of their wilderness lands.


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