Really sad news this week that Roy Bailey, folk singer and pioneering sociologist, died on Tuesday of heart failure aged 83. He’d been unwell for some time, but it’s still a horrible shock to know he’s gone. I was lucky enough to meet him a number of times through my friend Robb Johnson, and he … More Roy Bailey RIP
I was really sad to hear the news yesterday of the passing of Stan Lee. He pioneered a whole universe of storytelling that’s meant so much to so many of us: not just brightly-coloured superheroes, but characters with doubts and flaws and dark sides they have to overcome – people, in fact, just like us. More … More Farewell to Stan Lee
Sadly the night of spooky stories at Bags of Books has had to be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. The shop and I are very sorry, but we hope to arrange a gig there some time soon. Please do watch this space!
An exciting gig on the way! Back in September I was very lucky to be asked to join The Serpent King’s Daughter at Guesthouse Storytellers in Newhaven: this group performance retold A Digit of the Moon, a tale-and-collection-of-tales drawing on Hindu traditions and set down by F.W. Bain in 1898. We had such a great … More Indian-inspired evening at School of Storytelling
The nights are growing longer and the shadows getting darker… so join me in the warmth at Bags of Books for some ghostly gloomy tales! I’d been thinking it would be wonderful to do some Hallowe’en storytelling this year, sharing some of the spooky tales I’ve picked up recently. It’s fantastic to get to do this on … More Hallowe’en storytelling in Lewes!
Help foil a villainous scheme and save Brighton’s past, present and future! Come with storyteller Jon Mason to search for the missing pieces of a Victorian time machine, as the soul of the City hangs in the balance. Can you find the clues in time? Or will malevolent forces get there first? Who gets to … More Time Travel Treasure Hunt returns!
So, I know I’m a bit late to be saying that – sorry, I’ve been busy since actual New Year, enjoying some family time and getting back into my day job. But I’ve been wanting to share this from the end of last year – one of the lovely thankyous I got from Hertford Junior … More End of the old year, beginning of the new
First look at an interesting new thing I’ve been working on with illustrator Simon Russell… Thanks to Simon, I’m getting to fulfil a long-held ambition: writing scripts for comics! We’re working on a version of one of my favourite Norse myths, the Marriage of Njord and Skadi. Has been great fun to collaborate on telling … More Norse myths comic!
Hello all. I wanted to share some thoughts, and also a poser that’s been nagging at me recently. It’s a technical hurdle I’ve set myself…: I’m doing a session soon at my daughter’s school, on ancient British myths – they do “The Celts” every year so I thought I’d offer my services. It’s kind of … More Ancient British myths, and a question of names…
One thing that was on my mind a lot this last summer is the Mabinogion – specifically the fourth branch, “Math ap Mathonwy”. For those of you wondering what these unfamiliar words mean, the Mabinogion is a cycle of interrelated Welsh stories found in two manuscripts from around about the fourteenth century; there are four … More A Welsh Dreaming? People, Place and the Past in the Mabinogion