The Girl with the Poorly Leg

There are Fairies in the Gutter FlyerPicking up where her internationally acclaimed There are Fairies in the Gutter left off, The Girl with the Poorly Leg is a true story of enduring friendship, system failure and street angels, set against the grit and grime of urban decay, aimed at adult audiences and poised, as ever, to provoke a political reaction. It will be available for booking from Summer 2021 onwards and will hopefully go on to storm as many storytelling festivals as its predecessor; including Cape Clear, FatE, Settle and Alden Biesen.

In the meantime, There are Fairies in the Gutter; which features Ursula’s own songs as well as her poignant (and in places, hilarious) collection of stories, is now available on CD, inviting listeners of all ages to recall their own childhood ‘furries’ as magically as it ever did and reminding all that these dear folk can always be accessed through memory.

Visit the events page for more info. or watch some highlights on YouTube.

  • Age Range: Adults Only
  • Audience Capacity: Small Groups to 100 +
  • Duration: 60 Minutes
  • Venue Requirements: Audience seating, a sound proof room & a PA
Ursula doesn’t describe the world of her stories so much as invite you to see for yourself. Her tales are populated by life’s left behinders, the don’t fit inners, the getting through by the skin of their teethers… but they are not the objects of pity. They are the ones you are rooting for. You walk and run alongside them, wanting them to prevail. Sometimes they fall, sometimes they don’t. This story is funny, pithy, heartbreaking, surreal and totally human, usually all at the same time.
(Mark Whyatt for Commoners Choir on ‘The Girl with the Poorly Leg’)
I have been going to Festival at the Edge for a good few years now and I can honestly say that it was the first time I have seen a standing ovation. You truly deserved it. I came away feeling all blessed.

(Chris Wise, Audience Member at Festival at the Edge on ‘There are Fairies in the Gutter’)

Ursula Holden Gill in 2009