One year of Space for Storytelling (and our new season)

No, that’s not me in the picture! This is our Space for Storytelling (SFS) end-of-year event. For once, I didn’t have to do anything. I just sat on the grass and enjoyed the rattle of trains, the birdsong rising, the breeze on my face as the audience arrived. They were so varied, a London-y mixture … Read more

The secret message

(Not a religious post!)Fifteen years ago, I was leaving the tube when a random woman came up to me, took a deep breath and said “Excuse me. This is going to sound REALLY weird but God has given me a Bible verse for you.” Yup, that was weird. I stared at her. She blurted out … Read more

6th July “Our World” Storytelling festival

Watch here A free programme of storytelling and crafts for adults and kids of all ages. Join in with our world class storytellers who will be sharing uplifting tales from different continents and cultures. Kindly supported by Southwark Council. Sign Language interpreter provided by C-Seeker. 11am-11.30 IvanaLindgren (Croatia) 11.45-12.15 Elephant Tales (a storytelling collective based … Read more

A Case for Storytelling

I don’t want to name drop or anything but, well, I’m going to. Back in 1996, when I was a trainee electrician, working on a super-low-budget short movie, I found myself sharing the back seat of a car with two, hopeful, unknown actors. One of them was Ewan McGregor and the other was Jude Law. … Read more

London Dreamtime Secret Storytelling Adventures

Once a month we gather our wild listeners, find a new locations and connect with wonder. Our art is ultra-lightweight. Pictures by Nicolas Laborie. Upcoming events here. 2. Wandering: 3. Stories: 4. Songs 5. Folklore: 6. Now we are friends: 7. Lovely audience. Join our mailing list here.

Best career advice I ever had.

Best career advice I was ever given. Everyone knows me as a storyteller, but back in the 1990s I was an electrician in lighting crews for movies. I was invariably the only woman and I was known as “The Girl spark” or “Tank Girl”. I felt very visible. I always had to win and keep … Read more

No more reluctant readers! (with Coventry Building Society)

Coventry Building Society (CBS) have a mission to get more local kids reading for fun before they are 7 years old. They are generously providing thousands of books to local schools, but that was not enough for them. They wanted to be sure children actually READ the books. They knew (as we all do) it … Read more

International Womens Day 2024 at the Society of Antiquities

You can watch the entire event on YouTube here. I told four stories about five women from the Beyond Notability academic database. Each story shone a creative light onto the womens lives, bringing in emotion and heart. I was working with (often) rather dry data! Each tale was an iceberg-tip, the culmination of months of … Read more

Beyond Notability: Alice Gomme

Beyond Notability (BN) is an academic project. Click here to find out more about it. I have been commissioned to devise & tell four stories about women from the BN database– including their contradictions and complexities. I was expected to undertake some of my own research as well as getting help from the BN team. … Read more

Beyond Notability: Hadrians Wall

The stories of Jessie Mothersole and Elizabeth Hodgson. Beyond Notability (BN) is an academic project. Click here to find out more about it. I have been commissioned to devise & tell four stories about women from the BN database– including their contradictions and complexities. I was expected to undertake some of my own research as … Read more