About Me

“Storytelling Phenomenon” – Nest Collective

I am “London’s resident storyteller” (Time Out) with “one of the planet’s coolest jobs” (Lonely Planet Kids)

I am also artistic director of London Dreamtime. We put on regular events. We are champions of storytelling as an art form. We help you find the perfect performers for your event. We can help you to become a storyteller and guide you to the stories that you need. We work with businesses, schools, parks and gardens, heritage, galleries, nurseries, charities, PR and more.

“Real, exciting, magical and engaging.”

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“We absolutely loved your events – they were such a huge success!” Festival Director, Henley Literary Festival

A connection with wonder. Storytelling brings us together, offeres new perspectives, transports us and creates empathy. Just drop us an email with a few details and we will get back to you straght away.

A few highlights:  TEDx talk about storytelling and magic, curating & hosting an afternoon of storytelling with Guy Garvey for Meltdown at the Southbank Centre, fairytale walk for Fulbright Scholars, new commission for V&A Museum, live stories for adults on the roof of the London College of Fashion, stories for Royal Academy of ArtsKensington PalaceRoyal Botanic Gardens KewHarrodsRoyal Opera House ThurrockSelfridges, Shakespeare’s Globe… I have provided seasons of storytellers for The London Eye, Samsung KX and the Royal Parks. We curate festivals, lead workshops, train, mentor and share our expertise with businesses and charities.

Museums and Heritage: National Gallery, British Library, Design Museum, London Guildhall, the Museum of LondonV&A Museum of ChildhoodNational Trust (various), The Royal Parks (various) London Transport MuseumGarden MuseumDulwich Picture GalleryBarbican CentreLauderdale House, The Postal Museum and many more.

Theatre: Sadlers WellsNational Theatre Outside SpaceRoundhouseUnicorn  Rich MixPolka, ICA, Jacksons Lane.

Childrens Books: Shows, literary festivals and more for UsborneAndersenWalker Books and Harper Collins. Titles include A Bear Called Paddington, Five Minutes Peace, Make a Story with Mog, Guess How Much I Love You, That’s Not My Puppy, We’re going on A Bear Hunt, Elmer the Elephant.

Academic: University College London (UCL): Provost award-winning public engagement project. Educational stories about medicine for medical students the Royal Free Hospital, events with Royal College of Music, commissioned event for London College of Fashion, guest lecturer for Camberwell College of Arts… story events for the children of students at Kings College London. Special performance for the College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota…  working with curators to help tell People’s Stories at Imperial War Museum…various performances and workshops for undergraduates and practitioners in childcare and social care.

PR/Charities/Business: Performances, training or workshops for Lloyds BankJohnson & JohnsonBNP Paribas InternationalCharles Russell Speechlys. After dinner storytelling for journalists at the Austrian Tourist board’s Winter launch. “Training to Teach” for doctors at UCL Medical School, National Geographic Store, “startup storytelling” for entrepreneurs, promotions and projects for Pret A MangerStart Rite shoes, Arthritis Research UK, Hunter Boots, Ward Homes, Peabody Housing trust, Bede House, PECANRenaisi and many more.

Amazing…. I can’t think of anything to improve on it. -Workshop Participant “Telling Client Stories” PECAN

Weird and wonderful:   In a remote castle in the clouds in Italy, in the dank underpasses of Elephant and Castle roundabout, aboard HMS President, in the crumbling attic of a Pop Up Gin Shop in Soho, in the Arts Club Mayfair, late at Atlantis Occult Bookshop, in the Apple Store Covent Garden, on the roof of the evicted Heygate Estate, lost in the woods with Secret Adventures, by the “Brompton Cemetery Time Machine” after dark and at midnight in Safehouse1, interpreting extraordinary objects for a national exhibition by the Crafts Council, reading a Paddington Bear Book to tens of thousands of people at Christmas, hosting a storytelling seance room for A Curious Invitation Masked Ball

plus TV and radio appearances and countless schools, festivals, libraries and community organisations all over the UK and in various countries across the world… but especially in London!

“All commented on how wonderful the performance was….It was perfect.– Burgh House, Hampstead

(Pic above © Andrew Mohammed)
Amazing- everyone loved your stories!” – Butterfly London PR (for their company’s fifth birthday celebrations)

Partial list of clients and storytelling venues:  V&A Museum, Kew Gardens, the British Library, the Conway Hall, Sadlers Wells, National Geographic Store, Kensington Palace, The Barbican Centre Curve Gallery, The London College of Fashion, Totally Thames Festival, Shakespeares Globe, V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, the London Eye, Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival (United Arab Emirates), Stormont Parliament Building (Belfast NI), DD storytelling Camp (virtually in China), the Foundling Museum with the Nest Collective, National Maritime Museum, Union Chapel Islington for Daylight Music, Rich Mix, National Theatre Outside Space, Benjamin Pollocks Toy Shop Covent Garden, Asylum Chapel, Royal Opera House Thurrock, the ICA, the Waterloo Vaults, Battersea Power Station, Camberwell College of Arts, University of Greenwich, The British School in Milan (Italy), The Hospital Club Covent Garden (Private members club), Unicorn Theatre, Hay Literary Festival, Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, the Museum of London Docklands, The Royal Festival Hall, the Clore Ballroom (and many other spaces in the Southbank Centre!) “Bold Tendencies” Multistorey Carpark, Museum of the Women of the East End, Stratford-Upon-Avon Literature festival, Dodd’s Ginshop in Soho, The Arts Club Mayfair,  JW3, the Jewish Museum London, East London Mosque, Harrods Knightsbridge, Queen of Hoxton Rooftop, the Museum of London, Bradford Literary Festival, Dulwich Picture Gallery, the Apple Store Covent Garden, all of The Royal Parks, The Lilian Bayliss Theatre, the Cutty Sark, Guildhall Crypt, The Big Green Bookshop,  the Design Museum, the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Brent travellers site, ‘Seven Stories’ Newcastle,  a steam-hauled luxury Pullman, the Big Jewish Summer Fete, Young Muslim Writer of the Year awards ceremony, Southwark Cathedral, the Discover Story Centre Stratford, The Postal Museum, The Story Museum in Oxford, The Bede Centre Bermondsey, the National Maritime Museum,  ‘BNY Mellon’ Boat Race main hospitality (aka “Oxford and Cambridge boat race”), aboard the Minesweeper Boat, The Century Club Soho (Private members), aboard the Docklands Community Boat, in the Garden Museum, Lloyds Bank Building, ‘Farmopolis’, aboard the The Golden Hinde, Southside House, Kensal Green Cemetery, Samsung KX, the Grant Museum of Zoology, Shrewsbury Book Festival, RoccaSinibalda Castle Italy, Burgh House Hampstead, the Petrie Museum, Ironbridge Museum of Enginuity, aboard the Tall ship ‘Morganster’, The Wool Hall, Lavenham Suffolk, The Bussey Building, Sutton House in Hackney, the John Cass Art Museum, the Cinema Museum, Lollibop Festival at Hatfield house, Mayors Thames Festival, Jewish Care, Islam TV, Cuming Museum, the Wandsworth Museum, Lauderdale House, Leighton House Museum , Selfridges, summer residency in the main Atrium in Westfield White City, the Green Note Camden, Tailspin storytelling club, Tongue Fu spoken word night, Chabad Islington, International Storytelling Festival in Ispra (Italy), Florence Nightingale Museum, Centre for Literacy in Primary Education, Polka Theatre, Bedford Park Walled Garden, Klezmer in the Park Festival Regents Park, aboard HMS President, Kensington Gardens, West Norwood Cemetery, The East London Mosque, Brompton Cemetery, BBC Radio London, Raleigh Windmill Essex, Royal Free Hospital Medical School, Safehouse 1, London Jewish Cultural Centre, Dulwich Books, the Lyric Hammersmith, Jacksons Lane, aboard the Tall Ship Jantji, Tower Bridge Foreshore for Thames 21, Toynbee Hall Aldgate, The Bishopsgate Institute (for their Ghost Conference), Waterstones (lots!), Dilston Grove Gallery,  Atlantis Occult Bookshop, Nunhead Cemetery, Bede House Association, Ljungby Sagobydens Storytelling Festival (Sweden), The National Gallery, the London Transport Museum and a huge number of special needs schools, nurseries, gardens, parties, fairs and libraries.

We had a building full of smiling children and grown ups and the feedback has been glowing with positivity.-Design Museum Family Day

Thanks again, I have rarely seen that group enjoy themselves an be so inventive and creative as with you – SO WELL DONE!” -Camberwell College of Arts (UAL)

Contact

For commissions, bookings or if you have any questions, email me at vanessa@londondreamtime.com.
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