Chaucer reimagined: Dorset’s Shaftesbury Tales


Throughout Dorset people having been diving into an imaginative world of 1,000 years ago for The Shaftesbury Tales Short Story Writing Competition.
SISATA Director Charmaine K, who sat on the judging panel, said: ‘We were blown away by the high quality and amazing variety of stories submitted.’
The eight winners – all in equal first place! – are:
Under 11 years:
Ferocious F by Giulia Rose Ceccolini, and Kenrics Tale by Jacob Wall
11 to 16 years:
The Tale of the Doctors Daughter by Coco Bichard, and The Brothers Tale by Betsy Wragg
16 to 25 years:
The Peasants Tale by Lyra Spencer, and ‘The Daggers Tale by Juno-Blake Cree
Over 25s:
The Traitors Tale by Stuart Edwards, and Ælfthryth’s Tale by Anne Philpott
The winners will all enjoy a cash prize and also see their story published in our booklet-programme – and their Tale might get adapted for the stage!
Inspired by Chaucer, The Shaftesbury Tales is a collection of stories – both written and performed.

Travelling players in Dorset
Performers from Treehouse Theatre will be walking from Corfe Castle to Shaftesbury in July, travelling from village to village, teaming up with local theatre groups and school children to perform hilarious and interactive community shows along the way.
Treehouse Theatre will now be working with local theatre groups to adapt some of the winning and highly commended stories for performance. Sturminster Newton Amateur Dramatic Society (SNADS), Double Act Theatre Group from Corfe Castle, and Remix the Originals will all be creating scenes in the production. Director Ben Lindsey-Clark said: ‘If you’ve always thought about joining a local theatre group, now could be a good moment!’
For details on where to see the show in July, how to get involved in the project, and read the winning stories, see

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