Bedtime Stories: These Woods More Free

In These Woods More Free’ when Robin Hood goes to London adventuring, he leaves behind a web of community where the seasons turn, and at the heart of everything is the mysterious, wise Widow Sadler…

One Woman,
One Forest,
One rich tapestry of medieval men and women, surviving and thriving as the seasons turn.


Madeleine lives on the edge of the New Forest and is inspired by its wild beauty – the wide expanse of heathland where the deer graze and buzzards soar. Inspired by authors like Ellis Peters and Candace Robb, Madeleine wanted to tale a tale of Robin Hood and place him within a living working world of ordinary men and women. Madeleine is an experienced Dorset based storyteller, who has been working in community and education settings. She took on the challenge of the Step Up Commission to step up to a national scale, to work on a piece for adults, telling traditional material to modern audiences with the vibrancy and relevance that have made these stories beloved by generation after generation. She is taking the well-known, well-loved tales of Robin Hood and exploring the role of women and gender in this very male dominated world.

Curated & Hosted by:

Dr. Amy Hale is an Atlanta based writer, curator and critic. She has a PhD in Folklore and Mythology from UCLA and has written about topics as diverse as psychogeography, occult performance art, Pagan religious tourism, color theory, and extremist politics in modern Paganism. She has written widely on artist and occultist Ithell Colquhoun, notably the biography Ithell Colquhoun: Genius of the Fern Loved Gully (Strange Attractor 2020) and is currently editing a selection of Colquhoun’s esoteric essays for Strange Attractor (2024) and an edition of Colquhoun’s erotic art and sex magic for Tate Publishing (December, 2023). She is the editor of Essays on Women in Western Esotericism: Beyond Seeresses and Sea Priestesses (Palgrave 2022) and has contributed essays for Tate, Ignota Press, Burlington Contemporary, Correspondences Journal, Camden Arts Centre, Art UK, Arusha Galleries, Heavenly Records and Spike Island, Bristol. She is currently a curator and host for the internationally loved Viktor Wynd’s Last Tuesday Society lecture series and is an Honorary Research Fellow with Falmouth University in Cornwall.

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Apr 28th 2024 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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