I am overjoyed to see that adult storytelling nights are flourishing again 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 that might be terrifying, wonderous or erotic as well as gripping, moving and enchanting. London has much to offer the adventurous listener. Here, in no particular order, to celebrate National Storytelling Week, are my top picks:
This free, monthly, friendly- and sometimes glamorous- open mic night is for new storytellers, seasoned professionals & everyone in between. Hosted by Niall Moorjani – follow them on Insta / DM for details (@niallmoorjani) Last Wednesday of the month, 7.15pm London Hospital Tavern E1 free
Fire circle hosted by Richard Skrein and Adam Njenga. A free, monthly community storytelling event for adults, come and share the stories of our ancestors, or just listen… all are welcome! First Thursdays Rangers Kindergarten site, Bethnal Green Gardens, E1 0HW free
Myths, legends and folktales in the beautiful Victorian surroundings of Pullens Yards. Friendly club, all welcome to tell and listen. Hosted by the amazing Elephant Team. First Sunday of the month, 3pm, Pullens Centre, green door, Crampton Street, SE17 Free, £3 suggested donation.
Exciting, themed true story slam at Rich Mix with ‘mainstage’ events at the Union Chapel in Islington. Put your name in the hat to have the chance to tell a five minute story. 8pm 35-47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA, second Wednesday prices vary
Yes, it’s my very own night 🙂 We have the best audiences in town, not that I’m biased! Every month we visit a different secret and beautiful location for immersive storytelling with music. Bring a candle and something to sit on. Picture below. Various secret locations in London (dates here) various prices, free-£25
Free (crowdfunded) workshops and events in the centre of London. For artists, actors, writers and everyone who wants to improve their professional storytelling skills. Themes here. Accessible. Second Wednesdays The Crypt, Bridge Room, St Johns Waterloo SE1 6.30pm-8.30pm Free
The “Viktor Wynd Museum Of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History” presents regular storytelling evenings for adults with either Victor himself or velvety-voiced Giles Abbott. Themes include ‘Dark Fairytales from around the World’, ‘Undying Love’, ‘Gothic Horror’ and more. Only 8 audience members at a time are admitted to the Wunderkabinett. 11 Mare Street London E8 4RP £15
Hot punch, chat, and the power of ancient stories. Showcasing the best UK storytellers. Hosted by the fabulous Nell Phoenix. Second Wednesday of the month, 8pm Torriano Meeting House NW5 £10 on the door.
Venture to the villagey outer reaches of Zone 6. Surrey Storytellers meet once a month with the cream of the UK’s storytelling scene. St John’s Church hall, 411 Malvern Road. Worcester Park KT7 7NY £10/7 (Worcester Railway Station)
One of London’s oldest storytelling clubs brings a dose of wonder to Walthamstow! A mix of storyrounds and featured tellers. Hosted by ace storytellers Jumana Moon and Mike Forbes. Second Tuesdays St Mary’s Church, Walthamstow E17 9RJ £6/7 tickets (cash on the door please)
Pic: London Dreamtime storytelling