The Glass Palace of the Moon Maid

Friday 16th August – Sunday 18th August at Neuadd Goffa Mynydd Llandygai, LL57 4LQ

Join a Tellers, Tales, Tradition weekend near Bangor, North Wales – or connect up from where you are on Zoom.

You are invited to a unique, immersive weekend of storytelling for adults with Shonaleigh, the world-renowned tradition bearer and storyteller.

The Glass Palace of the Moon Maid belongs to the Cycle of Hillel, which is the first of twelve epic, latticed, interlinked cycles of stories passed down through generations of Jewish women.

When Eben the Stonemason saves a lost baby from a river, and finds her a new home, he little suspects that it will lead him to the stars and beyond.

The Glass Palace of the Moon-Maid is a magical wonder-tale spanning this world and the beyond, a tale of stars and comets and moons, life and death, love and betrayal, and, of course, the occasional goat.

This is a rare chance to hear these ancient tales in the light and on the tongue, stories untold for two generations and barely spoken of for decades.

Shonaleigh is a Druts’yla, and carries on a living unbroken oral tradition passed down from grandmother to granddaughter. She knows around 4,000 tales that she can recall on request, using the lost art of ‘stories within stories’.

This telling of The Glass Palace of the Moon Maid will be recorded as part of the Last Drut’syla Project to create an archive of this tradition’s stories. This is an unmissable opportunity for anyone interested in stories or in oral and lost cultures to come and help document and archive this tradition through listening, requesting stories, and asking questions.

Suitable for adults and 11+ only.

This will be a hybrid event: either attend in-person in Mynydd Llandygai (we’ll supply lunches, teas and snacks) or virtually via Zoom.

BOOK for the whole “GLASS PALACE” weekend (£90 in person, £40 online)

BOOK for Saturday night “TALES FROM THE GLASS PALACE” (£10/£6 advance, £12/£8 on the day)

There are a limited number of volunteer places available to help out at the weekend in Mynydd Llandygai, where you’d assist during the weekend with cooking, cleaning and organising, and pay a reduced fee. Get in contact to discuss.


How to find it?

This event takes place at the Neuadd Goffa (Memorial Hall) in Mynydd Llandygai, postcode LL57 4LQ. Here’s a map.

Is there parking?

Yes, there is a car park opposite the hall, and you can also park along the road. There are two disabled car parking spaces immediately outside the hall.

I’m attending on Zoom, where’s my link?

The access links are sent out by email on booking. Please add to your mailbox so you receive these safely.

What are the timings (for the whole weekend)?

On Friday, the hall will be open from 6pm. Feel free to bring food to share for dinner. The chat and stories and the Zoom room opens at 7.30pm. We’ll end around 9.30/10pm. Zoom timings: 7.30pm-9.30/10pm.

On Saturday, arrive for 10am, we’ll have stories in the morning, there’ll be a pause for lunch of soup and salad, then some stories after lunch, then break sometime in the afternoon to take an optional stroll. Then there will be stories at 7.30pm and we’ll finish around 9.30/10pm. Approximate Zoom timings: 10.15am-1pm, 2pm-3pm, 7.30pm-9.30/10pm.

On Sunday, arrive for 10am, we’ll have stories in the morning and we’ll finish after lunch (more soup and salad) around 2pm. Approximate Zoom timings: 10.15am-1pm.

What are the timings (for Saturday night)?

Doors will open at 7pm. Show starts 7.30pm. Zoom room opens 7.30pm. The evening will end around 9.30/10pm.

Do I need to bring anything?

Mostly… bring your good ears and hearts to listen. 

If attending in-person, bring a bit of food to share on the Friday night. We’ll be providing lunches but you’ll need to sort out your own dinner on Saturday.

If you’d like to bring your own chair, you are welcome (there will be regular chairs provided).

What is included in the ticket price (full weekend in-person)?

All the storytelling, lunches, teas, coffees, cake, and biscuits through the weekend.

What is included in the ticket price (full weekend on zoom)?

All the storytelling but you’ll have to sort out your own snacks and comfy ambiance!

What is not included in the ticket price?

Accommodation is not included. You will need to sort out somewhere to stay separately.

Dinners are not included.  We suggest bringing some food to share on the Friday and visit a local pub for food on the Saturday.

Any tips on finding accommodation?

The nearest Travelodge is 5 mins away on the outskirts of Bangor.

There are many places listed on AirBnB too.

There are bunkhouses about 5 mins drive away in Gerlan, Bethesda and the Ogwen Valley.

Campsite options:

Any other questions?

Give Claire a call on +44 (0) 7970 409 724 or email