Lisa Schneidau: The Tangle of the Commons

Lisa Schneidau: The Tangle of the Commons

Sunday 1 March 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Ashburton Arts Centre

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Lisa SchneidauUPDATE, Sun 1 March: Due to an administrative cock-up, this event was advertised on our online booking site as starting at 4.30, with the doors opening at 4pm. This means that we’ll need to wait until ticketholders arrive before we begin.

The Tangle of the Commons tells the story of the British landscape and our relationship with the wild things around us, seen and unseen. Who really owns this place –and what happens if humans push things too far?

Here are some of the old tales, laced with history, ecology and a hefty dose of the ridiculous, to provoke thought and inspiration about the land we usually take so much for granted. Through story, we will walk the islands of Britain with peasant farmers, dastardly robber kings, magical rivers, malevolent fairies and disgruntled wildlife, starting in the Dark Ages and watching our landscape change as we travel through history.

Lisa Schneidau is a storyteller and environmentalist based on Dartmoor. She seeks out stories about the land and our complex relationship with it. Lisa is the author of Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland (History Press, 2018). More information about Lisa’s storytelling performances, projects and writing at

“Lisa captivates her audience, and makes you ponder whether the land always has a tale to be told and a voice to be heard” Beaford Arts on Tangle of the Commons

“a book of folk tales tailor-made for 21st century environmentalists” Jini Reddy, Resurgence & Ecologist, reviewing ‘Botanical Folk Tales of Britain and Ireland’

Lisa trained as an ecologist and has worked in British nature conservation for over twenty years, in roles as diverse as farm advisor, lobbyist and conservation director. Since 2012 she has worked with Devon Wildlife Trust, leading the Northern Devon Nature Improvement Area programme.

Tickets: £10 or £8 or £5 – you choose. Pay what you can afford, or what it’s worth to you.

Different prices are all for the same unreserved seats – please pay what you can.

Tickets in advance from (10% booking fee added) or in person from Rafikis (next door to the Arts Centre), Ashburton Information Centre and (usually) on the door.

To reserve a ticket, email

Doors and bar open 30 minutes before the advertised start time.

Accessibility: Venue has flat access from street. PA tickets available on request.

Wheelchair users, please get in touch with the box office in advance if possible.

Free parking after 6pm and all day Sunday in the Town Car Park behind the Town Hall, and in the Grey Matter compound on Chuley Road. More information and map.