Eve’s Three Beautiful Daughters: a weekend telling with Shonaleigh

21st – 23rd October in Bethesda at the Neaudd Ogwen, High Street, Bethesda, Gwynedd LL57 3AN

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

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.

Eve’s Three Beautiful Daughters 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 Adam and Eve are thrown out of paradise, they are each given a number of gifts.

Among the gifts given to Eve is a bag of treasure – not treasure of gold, silver, or jewels, but treasure of a far more precious nature – five hundred and forty-seven herbs, seeds, and plants that will cure all mortal ills.

When Cain kills Abel, Eve cries to the heavens in anguish, “Give me daughters!”

Her wish is granted and she is blessed with three beautiful daughters, to whom she passes on her treasures.

These women walk the world still… but what happened to the gifts they received from Eve?

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 Eve’s Three Beautiful Daughters 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. There will only be 20 places, so booking is essential.

The weekend will start at 7.30pm on Friday evening (arrive from 7pm for a cup of tea).

Saturday’s session will run from approximately 10am – 9.30pm.

Sunday will run from approximately 10am – 1.30pm.

It will take place within a relaxed atmosphere with tea and chatting.

Places for the whole weekend are strictly limited to 20 people, but we are opening up the Saturday night for more people to attend that section only as a standalone performance, in the main performance space of Neuadd Ogwen.

Suitable for adults and 14+ only.

There is a charge of £72.50 to attend the whole weekend, to cover the cost of the room, teas, coffees and cake, and a fee for Shonaleigh.

There are a couple of concessionary places available if you are unwaged or low waged, email us to ask about that.

Book in for the whole weekend here.

We are also opening up the Saturday night for more people to join and hear some of the choicest Treasures from this astounding story cycle. Book that right here:

  • Regular rate tickets £12.50
  • Concessionary rate tickets £10


How to find it?

This event takes place at the Neuadd Ogwen, on Bethesda High Street, postcode LL57 3AN.

Here’s a map.

Is there parking?

Yes, there is some on street parking, some parking down side streets and some mini carparks along the Bethesda High Street.


What are the timings (for the whole weekend)?

On Friday, arrive around 7pm for cup of tea before stories begin at 7.30pm. We’ll end around 9.30/10pm.

On Saturday, arrive for 10am, we’ll have stories in the morning, there’ll be a pause for lunch, 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.

On Sunday, arrive for 10am, we’ll have stories in the morning and we’ll finish around lunchtime.

Do I need to bring anything?

Mostly… bring your good ears and hearts to listen. 

You might want to bring a packed lunch or dinners with you, or visit the local cafes, pubs or food outlets at mealtimes.

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)?

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

What is not included in the ticket price?

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

Meals are not included.  There are a couple of cafes nearby that are open for lunch, the Tryfan pub just along the road serves food, and there are a couple of mini-supermarkets within walking distance.

Any tips on finding accommodation?

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

Or Meg’s static caravan in Rhiwlas is currently free (via AirBNB)

There are many other places listed on AirBnB too.

Camping options if you’re feeling brave in October:

Any other questions?

Give Claire a call on +44 (0) 7970 409 724 or email claire@anadlu.com