“Save Our Stories” THANK YOU!

This summer has been tough, but we’d pulled through. We had been able to create magic, support ourselves financially, reach out to isolated people and create fully-funded opportunities for other artists. We’d even also made training packages to help other storytellers work digitally and get paid during the pandemic. But last week we had some of the worst professional news … Read more

New challenges and opportunities for storytellers and storytelling

All arts including storytelling have suffered during the pandemic. However, I have been heartened to discover that our art form is a survivor. Since lockdown begun in March I have done projects on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook Live and of course the ubiquitous Zoom. I have worked with museums, galleries, schools, literacy and community organisations, done … Read more

Storytelling online: coming to you from our cabin in the garden

Hi, for those who dont know me, I am Vanessa  “London’s resident Storyteller” (Time Out) coming to you from the cabin at the end of our Peckham garden…  music and foklore from George and resident fox cubs. Here’s what we’ve all been up to in April and May… Instagram: IGTV (Family Stories for The Garden Museum in Lambeth.) … Read more

2019 in photos, some strange commissions -and very special thanks!

review of 2016 review of 2017 review of 2018 When people ask me what my job involves, I often struggle to explain it! Hopefully this post will give an idea of what we do. I couldn’t do all this without my collaborator; ridiculously-talented, wildly-knowledgeable musician and storyteller George Hoyle! 1) Strange Commissions. (Pics below.) Huge thank you to Mendy Korer, … Read more

Adult Storytelling events in London

Traditional storytelling has the power to bring human beings together to experience awe, community and excitement. Stories are about people, emotions, and connection- it’s a privilege to work regularly as a storyteller for adults. I was delighted to be commissioned to write a piece about adult storytelling events in London for Time Out (paper edition). … Read more

A new and different story for the Great Fire of London

I was so excited when the Museum of London got in touch. They wanted me to create a brand new flagship offer for SEND schools: A completely new “Great Fire of London” session. The commission was challenging: To create a brand new story. Can be delivered by different freelancers and is flexible enough so they can modify … Read more

“Stories of the Sun” and celestial alchemy in Leighton House

Ever since forever, it has been my not-so-secret wish to tell stories after closing time the extraordinary, eccentric and extravagant surroundings of Leighton House Museum. Last Friday I did! I’ve done plenty of museum “lates” before- but usually storytelling is just one of the attractions on offer. However on Friday I got a whole late to … Read more