London Dreamtime is the name of the storytelling evening I run with George Hoyle and special guests.
We aren’t scared of the cold or the dark- and we like to uncover supernatural histories, forgotten folklore, eerie corners and hidden byways of the city. It’s aimed at an adult audience and our locations are usually secret, for various reasons.* We pass over the paths like whispering ghosts, disturbing no one and leaving no marks – just as if we were never there.
It’s always cheap, secret and unofficial. If you want to read the sad(?) but true reason for that, click here.
I thought I’d throw together some of the photos of 2014 sent to us by lovely audience members. (Thank you!) First up: “Fairies of Deptford Creek” in January and February. Photo by Clarissa.
In June we returned to Woolwich for the third time with special guests Katy Carr and Pennie Hedges. Some children who were out playing nearby wandered over and asked if they could stay and listen.
They sat down just as we were starting. (pic: Chris Basu)
In July we went up one of the tallest hills in South London with George’s Gentlefolk. The leaden clouds gathered just as it was getting dark and we were caught in an incredible electrical storm. The perfect moment for a story. It was a startling experience… (Photo by The bad Witch who also blogged about us here.)
In August we were back in Deptford… on a lantern-lit boat this time. Photo by Robyn Conway.
In September it was easy. People had been suggesting the Victorian gothic Nunhead Cemetery to us for years. We told ancient Egyptian grave stories among the tombs and then slipped through the gap in the fence to finish up atop the incredible reservoir. (This area has all been re-fenced now and is completely inaccessible) The photo – of Gentlefolk – is by Laura.
In October we took a trip into our very own Cabin in the Woods in the dead of night for some scary stories with One Eye Grey‘s Chris Roberts. Photo taken with strong flash. *Shiver*
The Snow Queen was our last storytelling adventure of the year (picture below by Stefan Zitzmann). The special guests were Jo Clayton and Elizabeth Forester. We started at 2.30pm- but because it was the shortest day, the woods were already a deep fairytale twilight. We were especially grateful to all the hardy souls who joined us on that bitterly cold afternoon, you made our yuletide merry with your portable fairy lights and warm smiles!
So what’s up next…? Check out the calendar!
Until then… keep dreaming!
* secret reasons.