Space For Storytelling

We exist to help storytellers to grow sustainably within a creative community. Space for Storytelling is a place where individuals can meet, learn, support each other.

(update March 2024) Great news! Space For Storytelling has received new funding from Coin Street Neighbourhood Fund. Thanks to them -and to St Johns Waterloo- we will be bringing you more brilliant FREE workshops in 2024-5 to help you develop your storytelling skills and career! More news soon. Meanwhile, find out about our current programme below.

Why “Space For Storytelling”?

At the start of 2022 (as a response to Covid, spiralling cost of living and removal of creative space in London) we launched a free storytelling club at Elephant and Castle. In 2023, we went a step further and created a free & accessible series of workshops to nurture London’s storytelling scene. This was all paid for by crowdfunders.

Find us at The Bridge Waterloo, St John Waterloo, on Wednesday evenings at 6.30pm. Tickets are available. All workshops, performances and masterclasses are free to access.

You are welcome to join us! (all details below)

We are disability-positive and have fully accessible toilets and a fire-safe lift.

The Bridge is a non-denominational space which is separate from the church.

Current Programme:

Sept 13th 2023 Open mic stories and introduction. You are welcome to tell a short story with us! (or just listen)

Oct 11th Sally Pomme Clayton: Masterclass & show. All welcome!

Nov 8th 3 x 15 minute Work in Progress shows & chat/ Q&A -all welcome!

Dec 13th Queering Folk Tales (Niall Moorjani) Queer folks only.

Jan 10th 2024 An introduction to storytelling for Heritage & museums (Dave Tonge) all welcome!

Feb 14th Group storytelling for adults. Showcase our work. Listeners welcome too.

March 13th 1 hour work-in-progress show & chat/ Q&A All welcome!

April 10th Discover your VOICE. An introductory workshop. (Giles Abbott) All welcome!

May 8th An intoroduction to business & marketing for storytellers (Vanessa Woolf) all welcome!

June 12th Your Mind Matters – mental health & wellbeing for storytellers Don’t let stress become a major part of your personal story. This workshop will look at mental health awareness & wellbeing strategies to help you become (and remain) the best storyteller you can be. (Emma Charlton) all welcome

July 10th Crafting Longer Storytelling Shows (Polis Loizou) all welcome.

Aug 14th Penny Pepper: Story Masterclass and workshop for people with disabilities. All Non-disabled folk welcome too!

More workshops to be announced soon.

If you would like to be kept updated about performances, events and opportunities which arise, please sign up to this mailing list:

(Note: Alongside the workshops, we also run a year-long Storyteller Apprentice scheme. Six ‘apprentices’ are being supported and challenged by professional mentors alongside performance and professional job-shadowing opportunities. This scheme is now closed to applicants.)

Here’s to our project!

Love, Vanessa

Photos below show one of our fundraiser events- “Tales by Candlelight” with special guest Debs Newbold

Meet some of the storytellers and story listeners who made our project possible:

3 thoughts on “Space For Storytelling”

    • Hello and thanks for your message. In general we will not be recording the sessions however as the 14th is a performance showcase, we might consider it with the persmission of the storytellers!


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