Join us in a secret corner of London and settle down in the dark for the enchanting, wild and completely true story of ancient necromancer Dr John Dee and his lost book of angels.
Spoiler: We have found it.
Expect tales of occult weirdness and magic, plus free chocolate. Live music by Cunning Folk
Bring a candle in a jar and something to sit on, dress VERY warmly to best enjoy the romance of our stunning surroundings. >> ticket here <<
Join Cunning Folk Music and Vanessa for music and storytelling at Atlantis Bookshop for a free celebration of the festival of Saturnalia. Free, just turn up.
Free (Crowdfunded) workshops hosted by Vanessa. Ticket here. Storytelling for Heritage with Dave Tonge.
Take a deep breath in as you immerse yourself in the strange and chilling folklore tales of buried secrets and nightmarish hauntings in St. James’s Park. Storytelling walk with Vanessa Woolf. Link coming soon
Start your 2024 with terror, blood and witchcraft in a ruined chapel. Join Vanessa and George among the flickering candles in magical surroundings for live storytelling and music. Come with your granny, your cousin, your worst enemy or your best friend for a fire and music-filled flight over the endless wild steppe in the company of Gogol’s all seeing horror, The Viy! Bring a candle in a jar and a warm blanket to best enjoy the cold and decaying grandeur of our stunning location. Original musical score played live by Cunning Folk. Please note, this story is extremely dark and not suitable for younger children.
£15 or £1 Ticket link (We offer a small number of £1 tickets for people in financial need, if that’s you, please claim one!)
Join Vanessa and George in the dark, dark woods for storytelling and music all about witches. Dress very warmly, wear waterproof shoes, bring a candle in a jar and something to sit on. We might encounter gIant Squirrels, tree-beings, and souls set free from the pages of Malleus Maleficarum. Have courage!
A full day of reflections, information and ideas about women and how they explored the past, punctuated by four specially created stories.
“Four performances will interpret some of our research around some key women, such as Charlotte Stopes, themes, like folklore, and places, such as Hadrian’s Wall. These performances will be followed by talks from and with academics, heritage professionals and creative practitioners on how they engage with the past and women’s work in these areas. The day considers storytelling through books, re-enactments, costume and interpretation in heritage sites and museums. There will be presentations covering theatre and community, AI, the historic environment, museum displays, inclusive re-enactment and research-inspired art from Julia Pascal (Pascal Theatre Co.), Catherine Clarke (Institute of Historical Research), Jo Badger (historical costume-maker), Pamela Franklin (Caribbean Social Forum), Jennifer Wexler (English Heritage), Marie Basting (author), Emma Anderson and Bryony Renshaw (Silk Museum Macclesfield), Katy Drake and Kath van Uytrecht (Society of Antiquaries Artists-in-Residence). Amara Thornton and Katherine Harloe (Beyond Notability / Institute of Classical Studies) will facilitate discussion and reflect on the process needed to engage creatively with the stories and women found in the archives the team has examined.”
Inspired by London’s midnight streets and the film “An American Werewolf
in London”… a night walk like no other! We will lead you on an
extraordinary tour under the supermoon around the West End, including locations from
the the 1980s classic film. Listen in to music, werewolf folklore,
local legends and stories from the making of the movie. Dress warmly, fur coats recommended. £15 (concs available).