Storyteller, historian and enthusiasm-sharer!
What we'll do
An autumn trek through Sussex folklore and history, along the hilltops and trails around Ditchling Beacon. Stretch your legs and your imaginations, among tales of witches, ghost dogs and ancient history, and the spectacular scenery of the South Downs. Local storyteller Jon Mason will lead you on a 2.5hr circular walk, starting and finishing at Ditchling Beacon car park and taking in Downs, hillsides and villages. And as you walk, he'll share stories and history embedded in the landscape around you, from folktales to modern-day legends, sprung from local people past and present, and from the physical traces they've left in the land. Moderate walk suitable for all ages, mixture of gentle trails with some steep slopes, might be more challenging depending on the weather conditions. Risk-assessed and compliant with Covid-19 guidelines. PLEASE NOTE: - Weather-dependent, and may be affected by changes in Covid-19 guidelines - if there is any need to cancel/rearrange, attendees will be cont...
About your Mentor
About your Mentor
As a storyteller I constantly research local folklore. I am also fascinated by history, and so read avidly on the lives and activities of people in the past. I have devised and delivered school sessions for many years on the connections between local folklore, history and landscape; and have created and led walks and Time Travel Treasure Hunts since 2016, included as part of the Brighton Festival Our Place programme. In 2017 I completed a course on Telling for Heritage at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. I have a BA in History with Archaeology, an MA in Contemporary History, and am currently undertaking a PhD looking at links between folklore, community and landscape.
Strengths to develop
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I offer concession prices to: - keyworkers - under 16s - those in full-time education - unwaged - over 65s
• No refunds are given except in the case of a cancellation by the Mentor.
• If the event cannot go ahead due to a poor weather forecast or changes to Covid-19 guidelines, you will be notified and a full refund given. If you or a member of your household test positive for Covid-19 or show symptoms (high temperature, persistent dry cough, sudden loss of sense of taste or smell) please do not attend - notify me in advance and you'll be issued with a full refund. If you need to cancel for any other reason, you may do so up to 48 hours before any session and receive a full refund.