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

The Snow City

The forecast was gales and driving rain with no possibility of a let-up. The event was outside with no shelter. The problem was, I’d left it a bit late to cancel. Knowing that the weather has provided miracles for us every time so far, I believed – superstitiously – that things would clear up. But … Read more

Darkness… in the heart of the Urban Forest

On Friday night we went into the heart of the Urban Forest. Considering that torrential rain was forecast, I was quite impressed by the substantial numbers of people who turned out to hear stories and songs inspired by the darkness. The Heygate estate is looking especially wonderful at the moment: all bunting, graffiti, chickens and unofficial … Read more

True Stories on the Heath II

Possibly something to do with the Olympic opening ceremony…? We’d taken over 100 bookings, not to mention lots of phone calls and urgent textings on the day(where is it, can I bring my friend,etc). But we ended up with a very manageable 30 people. Looking back on the evening, I think the intimate atmosphere was … Read more

Elephant & Castle Odyssey

On Sunday we had a storytelling procession around Elephant & Castle roundabout. The event was a celebration of Eva Sajovic and Sarah Butler’s residency at The Cuming Museum, and the theme was ‘Home’. Artist Rebecca Davies created a shrine of the home to carry around with us. We’d all placed things representing our homes on it – plus it was … Read more

‘Afterlife’… on the roof

It was during our frantic search for another Heygate Estate location that I found the roof of the bakery. That was when we decided to do a late-night ‘tales from the afterlife’ on the roof. The roof would make such brilliant, lonely theatre for ancient myths, with the starry sky as our curtain. (In fact, … Read more

Supernatural Urban Forest zombie mix-up

The Heygate Estate is one of the most beautiful and atmospheric urban spaces I’ve been in, so I was thrilled to be able to arrange some spooky storytelling in the ‘Urban Forest’ growing among the concrete walkways and broken windows. Unlike most of my commissions, this was unpaid – it was just for my own … Read more