What is London Dreamtime?

London Dreamtime is the name of the storytelling evening I run with George Hoyle and special guests.

We’ve told stories with live music in foot tunnels, rooftops, derelict buildings, scary night forests, stunning secret gardens, an unlit West Norwood Cemetery and in Brompton Cemetery after the gates have been locked…on various boats and ships… and in the evicted the Heygate Estate (before it was demolished), in Millenium Mills (before it was refurbished) in Tobacco Dock, sitting on the foreshore by Wapping Old Stairs, wandering Barbican Water Gardens after dark and (maybe the best) actually IN Elephant and Castle Subway  (before it was closed for good) and many more…

We have collaborated with many fantastic partners including UCL, London Hat Week, Portals of London, London Month of the Dead, Secret Adventures, Saira Niazi from Living London, The Embers Collective and John Constable of Crossbones Garden.

Our stories and music are often site specific, usually magical and sometimes very scary!

Just thought I’d say a big thank you to you for a great event! I fell straight into the story and didn’t sleep too well that night! —Andrew, an audience member at ‘Highgate Vampire’

Update: we are delighted to be the only storytelling night included in Time Out’s  “50 Best Nights Out in London”! “Time Out’s Nightlife and Things To Do editors join forces to pick the best places to spend your precious evenings”

Vanessa Woolf has made a career for herself by leading Londoners into obscure areas of the capital at night and telling them magical stories by candlelight…
—Time Out

Storytelling that doesn’t care if you’re sitting comfortably
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Topics have included the Highgate Vampire, the Queen’s Magician Doctor Dee, the women behind the story of Jack the Ripper, the Gypsy Queen of Sydenham Hill Woods, Ghosts of the Thames, the Stoke Newington Vanishing, the Highwaymen of Richmond, Scared to Death in the Woods, the Brompton Cemetery Time Machine and Fairies of Deptford…>

You’re a fantastic storyteller, and the way the story came across was both vivid and captivating. I’ve loved Wapping for quite sometime, but Sunday enhanced my appreciation greatly
—Carl, an audience member at ‘The Golem of Wapping’

* secret reasons.