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Markus Luukkonen at The Storey this November

This November, as part of our ongoing storytelling programme Litfest are delighted to welcome internationally renowned storyteller Markus Luukkonen to Lancaster!

Date and Time: Thursday 24th November 7:30pm

Venue: The Storey Auditorium, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH

Tickets: £9.50 full/£8 Concession – tickets available online here or In person/by phone: Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, 01524 582394 (Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm)

‘From the Woods’

 Finland is a land of endless forests and thousands of lakes. The forest is sacred, but it’s the edge of the civilized area, an unknown and frightening place. The vast wilderness has always been full of strange beings. The Devil might be lurking behind the trees; other creatures are watching from the undergrowth. Which are good and which are bad? And how can you be sure?

Markus weaves these traditional tales from his native Finland with narratives from his own life. The result is a string of stories about love, about death, and about dreaming, told in Markus’ down-to-earth and dynamic style. He combines dark Finnish humour with beautiful imagery and a gentle finger on the pulse of the human condition.

Markus Luukkonen is a storyteller from Finland. He studied performing arts in Helsinki and tells stories in clubs, theatres, galleries and festivals. He performs predominantly for adults and in his work he likes to mix personal stories, folktales and myths. He is a founder member of the Finnish Storytelling Association, Samova Storytelling.

Markus is based in Finland, but all his career he has been worked internationally. He has performed at storytelling festivals and clubs in Belgium, Estonia, Greece, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. A member of the Executive Committee of the Federation for European Storytelling for three years, he has recently also been touring with the international storytelling company 3Troubadours.

in 2008-2009 Markus traveled over land and sea from Helsinki to Uluru in Australia. He spent nearly two years on the road, and he collected and wrote stories from places he visited. 

Through Autumn 2016 Markus is working as an artist-in-residence in Edinburgh. 

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Lancaster Words

Lancaster Words is a three-day celebration of the written and spoken word that is being run by the Department of English & Creative Writing at Lancaster University and featuring, amongst others, Paul Muldoon. The event launches on 6th July 2017 and runs through July 8th.  As part of the three days, there will be a series of readings, interviews, talks, panel discussions, performances and workshops at different venues across the city and on campus. We are in the process of programming events for Lancaster Words, and want to put out a call for expressions of interest. If you’re a writer, creator, producer, or represent a community arts organization and/or arts organization, etc… in or around Lancaster, and would like to be involved, we would like to hear from you.


If you are interested, please fill in the pitch details requested below and email them to or


Title of the event and what you see happening (details such as possible locations, length of event, possible number of participants etc): A bit about you: Who the event is aimed at:

Support, if any, you need to put on this event (tech, funding, etc…)

There is the possibility we may be able to support a select number of projects (up to £250).