Danger: very young audiences (Part 1)

One of the best things about this job is the variety. So when I’m not telling horrific tales for adults, I might be telling lovable friendly stories for under threes. But how can any storyteller hold the attention of very tiny children who may not have language yet- kids who don’t know that it’s rude to shout, babble loudly, cry or wander off? This question … Read more

What is London Dreamtime?

London Dreamtime is the name of the storytelling evening I run with George Hoyle and special guests. We’ve told stories with live music in foot tunnels, rooftops, derelict buildings, scary night forests, stunning secret gardens, an unlit West Norwood Cemetery and in Brompton Cemetery after the gates have been locked…on various boats and ships… and in the evicted the Heygate Estate (before it … Read more

“Into the greenwood” One Tree Hill, South London

“Into the greenwood” was planned as a story and song showcase of Nigel’s set about the ancient trees of Britain. We chose One Tree Hill as our venue- one of the most beautiful South London remnants of the Great North Wood. Joining us among the leaves were musical cunning folk of the wood – Sarah, Ian and Elizabeth. There’s only one … Read more

Playing in a Toy theatre with Pop Up Festival

Last weekend I got to tell stories inside my very own enchanted toy theatre made by gorgeous fairytale illustrator Jane Ray. It was all part of the pick and mix magic of the Pop Up Festival of Stories. (Big thanks to Jen Farrant, who took these photos in the Royal Opera House building in Thurrock.) Pop Up Festiva (brainchild of director … Read more

Year 5 get their book!

It was a truly magical moment when year 5 Boutcher Primary finally saw the book they wrote with Jenny and me last November. I’m not surprised they look so pleased, illustrator Russell Olsen did an amazing job interpreting their words and the whole thing is so well-designed, colourful and full of loving detail! The settings reflect the school’s location in … Read more

Faeries of the Minesweeper, Deptford: Photos

We were blessed with an especially wonderful crowd and atmospheric weather last Friday. Big thankyou to the lovely audience members who gave us permission to use these pics, especially Robyn Conway. Our walk started by St Paul’s Deptford and took us through industrial estates to the Minesweeper boat opposite the Laban Centre. For one night only, Nigel and I were working with … Read more

Canary Wharf 1987 – and a story about Shad Thames

I love this photo of Canary Wharf in 1987 from @rima1731. It reminds me of this story: Before I was a storyteller I used to work as an electrician in the film industry. I did lighting for the last ever shoot at Jacob Street Studios in Shad Thames SE1. The studio was small and cosy- the most … Read more

Enchanted Woolwich

On Saturday 7th of June, we hope you’ll join us in the otherworldly surroundings of Woolwich’s deceptively old -and charmingly derelict- “lido”. The waters are deep and full of massive fish. The views across the Thames at dusk are incredible. Definitely bring a camera! As night falls it will be time for some supernatural storytelling … Read more

Whose story for Rayleigh?

Writing about work is better than doing it. With this in mind, it’s time for a few words about an interesting new commission (one that I should be rehearsing right now). I was approached by the Arts Development officer of Rochford Council in Essex. They wanted a supernatural story for adults based on the history of Rayleigh’s … Read more

Visit to National Geographic, London

I was happy to be invited to spend the day telling stories at the National Geographic Store in its new location just opposite Harrods. With its cuddly animals, welcoming atmosphere and Persian carpet, it’s an ideal space for storytelling. I really like these stills by the photographer Jose Farinha. (His website has some excellent pictures on it – … Read more