Gawain and the Green Knight can join Robbie Williams, Slash from Guns ‘N’ Roses, Banks’s Bitter and Josiah Wedgwood as famous Staffordshire exports. It’s official, according to Andrew Baker of Staffordshire Libraries, so Cheshire and Derbyshire can forget any claims they may harbour.
On May 7 I went along to St Chad’s church in Stafford to see the story told by talented artist Xanthe Gresham. Gawain is a story I’m familiar with having written features on the medieval tale for newspapers in Staffordshire and Cumbria. It’s a fascinating story and well worth reading, but to see it recreated by a wonderful storyteller in a Norman church was a great experience.
Visitors from eight months to eighty were enraptured by Xanthe’s physical storytelling approach from dancing and dressing and kissing to fatal axe blows. Click here for a summary on St Chad’s site. Staffordshire Libraries and St Chad’s and Xanthe are to be congratulated for a popular and engrossing piece of storytelling.
St Chad’s is a great church and often overlooked. The masons were exceptionally skilled and there are influences from so many different cultures in the stone. Click here for an earlier visit and the story of Orme.