Pembrokeshire Storyteller Wins National Prize

Deb Winter

Performance storyteller Deb Winter from North Pembrokeshire has won this year’s Gwobr Esyllt Harker Award for Women Storytellers in Wales, jointly with musician/storyteller Ailsa Mair Hughes.The prize celebrates the talent and contribution of an established or emerging woman storyteller in Wales. With the prize comes a bursary of £2,000 to support the creation of a new storytelling show to be performed at the Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival in 2023.

The award is intended to continue the legacy of Esyllt Harker who died aged 67 of cancer, a much-loved Welsh singer and actor, and one of the few storytellers able to work in both languages of Wales.Singing was her first love. Her beautiful, distinctive voice was equally at home with jazz and traditional material and she sang with many bands. Esyllt Harker appeared several times at the Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival and the National Eisteddfod.

‘I’m absolutely thrilled to be chosen,’ said Deb, ‘and delighted to share the prize with Ailsa as we’re both inspired by nature and love working together.’ 

The prize was awarded by Chwedl, the Welsh women storytellers’ organisation. The judges said: ‘We are all very excited to see how Deb and Ailsa will develop their work. Ailsa and Deb are two really inspiring practitioners – look out for them over the coming months as storytellers step out from the screen into the real world again…’

Image of Deb Winter by Malcolm Cawley

Deb has taken her storytelling shows across Wales from the Lleyn Peninsula to Llanelli. She’s performed at the Queen’s Hall, Narberth, Cheltenham Science Festival, Tenby Arts Festival, Priddy​ Folk Festival, End of the Road Festival, Swansea Fringe, Llangollen Fringe and outdoor venues in campsites, woods and beaches. Deb set up the popular Fishguard Storytelling/Straeon Gwaun nights, held in Peppers Café, and is known for her lively storytelling, improv and creative writing workshops.

Contact Details:

Chwedl (Wales’ Women’s Storytelling Network):

Deb Winter:

Tel:  07805 823 706

Kitty Parsons

Kitty has forgotten how long she has been here now but she loves Pembrokeshire for its beauty and it's people. She spends her time searching out stories for, swimming in the sea , drawing and painting as Snorkelfish and eating cake. She says " has been an opportunity to celebrate this beautiful county and its people. Keep the stories coming. We love to hear from you."

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