Join the University of Sunderland at their event in support of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month!

‘STORY INTO SONG’ ONLINE INTERACTIVE MASTERCLASS 10AM – 11AM
Storytelling for Key Stage 2 pupils with multi-award-winning storyteller, author and playwright,
Richard O’Neill and professional musician and songwriter George Hoyle. Together they blend the
old and the new; telling a selection unique, exciting and original stories through song. Participating
pupils will have the opportunity to join in and sing along. This interactive masterclass will be held
on MS Teams.


‘STORY INTO SONG’ LIVE EVENING EVENT FOR TEACHERS,
PARENTS/CARERS, PUPILS AND OTHER PARTNERS 6PM – 7.45PM

MURRAY LIBRARY LECTURE THEATRE, UNIVERSITY OF SUNDERLAND,
CITY CAMPUS, SR1 3SD

Join Richard and George in this fascinating and humorous insight into an upbringing in a large
nomadic family and its interaction with the modern world, from the 1960s to the present day.
A thousand years of Roma history, originating in India. Through a series of songs, stories,
musings and anecdotes, you will gain an understanding of the gypsy culture and who they are.
This event will introduce the story of the Gypsy people from the 18th century from the Gypsy
Queen of Sheffield to their part in modern day recycling.
Richard and George have been working together since 2020 to create these unique and exciting
folk songs and stories to bring this culture to life.


RICHARD O’NEILL
Richard O’Neill is a multi-award-winning storyteller, author and
playwright born and raised in a large traditional nomadic Romani
family, whose history in England and Scotland goes back hundreds of
years. Richard continues the tradition of travelling across the UK and
mainland Europe, delivering storytelling sessions and storytelling skills
workshops at school, libraries, festivals, universities, and theatres. He
has a particular interest in using literature to promote inclusion and
social mobility.

Website: richardthestoryteller.weebly.com


GEORGE HOYLE – CUNNING FOLK MUSIC
George Hoyle is a professional musician, songwriter and music
producer with over 20 years of experience. He has toured extensively
internationally as a bass player. He is currently the live bass player
for acclaimed folk band Stick In The Wheel. George wrote a song
which was a number 1 hit in Italy and has written music which has
appeared on adverts for Nokia and Mitsubishi. George makes his own
music under the name Cunning Folk. His music is inspired by magic
and folklore and his last album was in the top 10 folk albums of
2020 according to Songlines magazine. George is also a professional
storyteller and gives folklore talks.

Website: ffm.bio/cunningfolk


FREE PARKING ON CAMPUS AFTER 5PM

PRE16ACTIVITIES@SUNDERLAND.AC.UK
0191 515 2865

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University of Sunderland: Gypsy, Roma and Traveller History Month Events
Calendar
28/06/22 to 28/06/22
Event type
On-campus, Online Programme
Audience
General
Location
University of Sunderland
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