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Wed 18th Mar 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Kitchen Garden Cafe, York Road, Kings Heath, B14 7SA

Birmingham Storytelling Cafe

Category: Storytelling

Kate Corkery

Sweet Shop on The Shore 

When are we old enough to know better?  How strong is a piece of string?  Is seven really the age of reason when we are supposed to know right from wrong, and true from false?

In a village on the shore of Cork Harbour an only child struggles to make sense of the world.  As the River Lee ebbs and flows nearby, regular customers come and go to a small sweet shop that is at the heart of that community.  The stories they share linger in her imagination and grow a life of their own.

Sweet Shop on The Shore is an autobiographical storytelling performance by Kate Corkery.  Originally commissioned for the 21st Festival at the Edge, it was later awarded ‘Outstanding Storytelling Performance of 2012’ by The British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.

Kate gave us a child's eye view of village life and its array of characters on the banks of the River Lee at a pivotal moment in her life.  You can see how transported the audience was from this selection of their appreciative comments:

"Is this the Irish 'Under Milk Wood'?  If so it's better.  A tour de force."

"Very special, we were there with Kate all the way, and her cast of wonderful characters."

"Funny, touching and hugely entertaining."

"Magical!"  "Absolute transforming magic."  "Now I know the meaning of enchantment."  "Absolutely spell-binding."  "Magic is not a good enough word, beautiful."

"Wonderful sense of time, place and people seen through the wonderous eyes of a child and the compassionate eyes of the storyteller."

Tickets £7 from the venue (0121 443 4725) or

Doors open and food served from 6:30. Performances begin 7:30.

Entrance via Fletchers Bar

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