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 Nights in London for Time Out

woo! I was delighted to be commissioned to write a piece about adult storytelling events in London for Time Out (paper edition). It’s great to have the opportunity to promote some of my favourite storytellers and shout out about the amazing variety and breadth of storytelling happening in the capital. All details for my next event … 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

A Golem from Thames Mud: Who was the “Baal Shem of London”?

May 2019 has seen me deep in research for a strange and fascinating project. It started when George showed me this entry in “Martyrs and Mystics” by Ed Glinnert “an alchemical laboratory on London bridge”… “creating a Golem of Jewish Legend…” Wow! I had no idea that London had its very own Golem story! I suggested the … Read more