Secret Storytelling Adventures

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Best career advice I ever had.

Best career advice I was ever given. Everyone knows me as a storyteller, but back in the 1990s I was an electrician in lighting crews for movies. I was invariably the only woman and I was known as “The Girl spark” or “Tank Girl”. I felt very visible. I always had to win and keep … Read more

No more reluctant readers! (with Coventry Building Society)

Coventry Building Society (CBS) have a mission to get more local kids reading for fun before they are 7 years old. They are generously providing thousands of books to local schools, but that was not enough for them. They wanted to be sure children actually READ the books. They knew (as we all do) it … Read more

International Womens Day 2024 at the Society of Antiquities

You can watch the entire event on YouTube here. I told four stories about five women from the Beyond Notability academic database. Each story shone a creative light onto the womens lives, bringing in emotion and heart. I was working with (often) rather dry data! Each tale was an iceberg-tip, the culmination of months of … Read more

Important update (2)

As I write this, the sun is peeping out. I can hear the dawn chorus. I’m planning a story about apple blossom for The Royal Parks. I feel as if I’m coming out of a long dark tunnel, it feels great to be able to tell stories again. This week I stood up in front … Read more

Beyond Notability: Alice Gomme

Beyond Notability (BN) is an academic project. Click here to find out more about it. I have been commissioned to devise & tell four stories about women from the BN database– including their contradictions and complexities. I was expected to undertake some of my own research as well as getting help from the BN team. … Read more

Beyond Notability: Hadrians Wall

The stories of Jessie Mothersole and Elizabeth Hodgson. Beyond Notability (BN) is an academic project. Click here to find out more about it. I have been commissioned to devise & tell four stories about women from the BN database– including their contradictions and complexities. I was expected to undertake some of my own research as … Read more

Beyond Notability: Edith Blake

Beyond Notability (BN) is an academic project. Click here to find out more about it. I was commissioned to devise & tell four stories about women from the BN database– including their contradictions and complexities. When I looked at the shortlist, I jumped at Edith Blake because my finely honed nose-for-a-story could sense interesting complexity. … Read more

Beyond Notability: Charlotte Stopes

Beyond Notability (BN) is an academic project. Click here to find out more about it. I have been commissioned to devise & tell four stories about women from the BN database– including their contradictions and complexities. I was expected to undertake some of my own research as well as getting help from the BN team. … Read more

Top ten storytelling nights for adults in London

 “I was as eager as a child to find out what happened next.” Adult storytelling nights are flourishing in London. A good story has the power to transport you from the daily grind to the wonder of childhood. But be warned: some tales are definitely not for children! On the right night, you’ll find material … Read more