The Herdsman @ The Ethical Farming Conference, The Ethical Dairy Farm, May 2019
Georgia’s telling of Charles’ story is a uniquely powerful way of conveying how intensive farming methods take their toll not only on the animals in such systems but on people as well. This is a part of the story that is seldom told and stays unseen to most of us. Georgia shines a light on this in a most extraordinary way but there is hope here too to lift the spirits. This story is worth hearing – listen to it, it should be told in the classrooms and the boardrooms.
Andrew Barbour, Mains of Fincastle Farm, Pitlochry
Of all the excellent events at the Ethical Farming Conference, Georgia Wingfield-Hayes’ was undoubtedly the most memorable. Her story about the capacity of farming to both harm and heal was simply told, but incredibly powerful, and I think struck a deep chord within the audience. She brilliantly conveyed the emotional aspect of working with animals, something that is too often ignored amongst the debates over methane emissions and soil health. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
Robert Barbour, Sustainable Food Trust
Wolf Tales @ The Poetic of Leadership Conference, University of Cumbria, September 2018
Georgia’s storytelling enthralled the whole conference theatre; we were rapt up in the tale as it transformed a dry academic space into a richly woven story centuries old. Teasing out themes of gender, power and environment, the story was profound, without for a moment preaching.
Emily Oliver, http://positivenegatives.org
This captivating performance is rooted in place and person, or more individually, a woman, for this is a tale with a strong female presence, where man as predator causes loss. The place – Cumbria, specifically the southern coast of Cumbria, where it is said the last wolf in England was killed in 1390. The woman – Georgia Wingfield-Hayes, who holds the audience with her combination of storytelling and acting, enabling both an imagined contemporary and present-day sense of loss to be explored. This beautiful performance prompts reflection on the impact of today’s risks of species and habitat loss.
Julie Hutchison, Charities Specialist, Standard Life
Georgia’s storytelling draws you in a surprisingly deep way. We see her, a contemporary storyteller struggling with similar social and philosophical challenges as the character of the shepherdess from the early 1300’s. Moreover the contrasts between present day storyteller and centuries old character are drawn so vividly you begin to feel that they are connected across time in some way. This story is very relevant and important to our times. Vivian Griffiths, Bio-dynamics educator