It's the way she tells 'em

A Jewish storyteller visits Cape Clear this week, writes Cleo Murphy

Drut'syla. It's the Yiddish word for storyteller, the name by which Jewish "seanchaís" are known. Shonaleigh is a Drut'syla, but she's no ageing granny sitting by fire. She's a vibrant, funny performer who has made a career out of her creativity. She tells stories with her hands, using fingers, clad in silver jewellery, right down to her lengthy painted nails. She also uses her dark eyes and a flick of her black hair. The overall effect is bewitching.

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