The Glens Storytelling Festival

There’s no stronger connection between people than storytelling

The Glens Community

Organised by Antrim Glens Tourism, this 5-day community storytelling festival will celebrate the rich cultural heritage of the Glens of Antrim. The festival will include storytellers and musicians from both within and outside the local area and will comprise a programme of events, performances and sessions designed to appeal to children, young people and adults of all ages, cultural backgrounds and interests.

The Festival

The Festival will take place in a range of different community locations including Cushendall, Cushendun, Glenariffe, Ballycastle , Rathlin Island, Carnlough, Glenarm and Ballygalley. In addition there will be walks, children’s craft sessions and storytelling workshops to enhance the skills of adults and children.

No Matter What

Here’s to the Art of Storytelling

What an example of fine activities, spooky going on’s and plenty of family fun.

Some examples of the activities for the week long festival.  For more details please follow the link below.

Seriously great stories
Family Fun
  • Stories from the Landscape
  • Storytelling Workshop
  • Evening of Stories, Music and Craic
  • An evening of Spooky Tales & Music
  • Spook-tacular Happenings for 8-11’s
  • Tales and Tunes – an evening of stories and music
  • An evening with Spooky Tales & Music
  • Late Night Scary Stories
  • Not So Scary Stories
  • Not So Scary Stories
  • Scullion Hurls: Hurling with The Other Crowd
  • Steenson’s: Tales of Gold & Silver
  • Forest & Story Walk in partnership with Glenarm Walking Group
Festival Favourites
  • Tea & Tales at Blackthorn & Willow
  • Ghosts on the Coast:  Tales at Manor House Rathlin
  • Spooky crafts, stories, face painting and fancy dress
  • Ghost Story Swap – your chance to tell a tale
  • Storytelling & Music Concert with Colum Sands
  • Forest & Story Walk in partnership with Walk the Glens Group & Glens Red Squirrel Group
  • A Feast of Fearful Tales (with soup and sandwiches)
  • Witch at Sea
  • Stories in Stone at Bonamargy
  • Spooky Stories & Strange Songs

Creating Fabulous Memories

Sharing amazing stories
GERRY DONLON aka BARDS ALOUD

GERRY DONLON aka BARDS ALOUD

The magic of stories

LIZ WEIR

LIZ WEIR

The magic of stories

COLUM SANDS

COLUM SANDS

The magic of stories

KATE CORKERY

KATE CORKERY

The magic of stories

CHRISTINE McMAHON

CHRISTINE McMAHON

The magic of stories

EAMONN KEENAN

EAMONN KEENAN

The magic of stories

KAREN EDWARDS

KAREN EDWARDS

The magic of stories

 JANICE WITHERSPOON

 JANICE WITHERSPOON

The magic of stories

NIALL DE BÚRCA 

NIALL DE BÚRCA 

The magic of stories

Listen to fine stories and music in the heart of the Glens of Antrim

Special guests Colum Sands, Kate Corkery, Christine McMahon, Niall de Burca Gerry Donlan plus a host of local tellers and musicians

For those wanting to develop their own storytelling skills there will be a workshop and a story-swap where they can have a go themselves. Younger members of the family can enjoy “not so scary” stories and there will be other special children’s activities such as quizzes, crafts and fancy dress..

So come and experience the true spirit of the Glens of Antrim at this unique festival where listeners of all ages will hear tales of ghosts, fairies and witches to send shivers up their spines.

The Festival Aims …

The festival aims to strengthen the cultural links and celebrate the diversity of the population living in the Glens today.