I hope everyone’s managing okay in the ongoing lockdown. Some schools in the UK are indeed now thinking of opening for all pupils again – but as many children are still studying from home, I’ve taken some of my school sessions online! Sharing history, myths, and more, these are sessions I’ve delivered in schools and … More Off school? How about some stories!
In the words of Joss Whedon, you can’t stop the signal – and in these gloomy times, oodles of creative comrades of mine are moving their gigs online to keep us connected and smiling. I’ll be doing the same myself where possible. Understandably, most (I’m anticipating all) of my gigs have been cancelled for the … More Gigs go online – creativity and community carry on!
An almost offensively brief message, but I didn’t want to let another day go by without paying tribute to Terry Jones. I was stunned and sad yesterday to hear he’d died, and at only 77. I didn’t even know he’d been struggling with dementia. It’s a real loss that his colour and wit and imagination … More Terry Jones RIP
Walk the green earth. Scour the sky above the chalk hills. Your troubles will follow you, whatever the age. But did a hero once walk among us? Did a mother raise her son? Did he grow to face our fears – and will that sun rise again? On Tues 11th Feb I’m thrilled to be … More Chasing the Sun
Hi all! How was your festive season? As restful and nourishing as it could be, I hope. I had a good break, and am pleasantly surprised to realise I have a run of gigs ahead of me to start the New Year! But first of all, an apology: some of you might remember that I … More New Year of gigs
Hi all. First of all, some sad news – unfortunately the event at King John’s Nursery on Sat 7th Dec has had to be CANCELLED. I’m very sorry about that, but stay tuned, I hope to be telling stories there again in the future. BUT, so as not to bring a total downer, I have … More Wintery gigs update
If you should wend your way through the woods of the Weald on an early evening in December – say, on Sat 7th Dec – you might find a friendly group of buildings by a turn in a lane; and around them you might see a lovingly-kept garden nursery; and inside the first building, you … More Stories by the fireside…
Some photos from last night at Glow Wild, Wakehurst Place, where I was storytelling and welcoming guests to the lantern trail, courtesy of the splendiferastic Bard and Troubadour. I can’t wait ’til my next slot there on 20th Dec. Is truly beautiful! Do go if you can. (And while I’ve always had a strict aesthetic … More Glowing Wild last night
Hello all. I get to combine the two sides of my working life again on Wed 20th Nov, next week, when I will be giving a short talk as part of the University of Brighton’s Wellbeing Week. One of the themes for the week is that lifelong learning has lots of wellbeing benefits, enhancing self-esteem … More Wellbeing, student life and prehistoric mythology
What’s happening here…? We’re doing some recording, that’s what! I’m making a CD of some of my favourite, most familiar, trusty tales to tell. The hits, if you like! From Sussex, Wales and also a bit from Berkshire where I grew up: if you’ve seen me telling at a festival or community fair, it’ll sound … More CD on the way…