Gigs

31st Oct 2018 – Hallowe’en stories at Bags of Books – CANCELLED due to unexpected circumstances. Hope to rearrange something soon though, please keep an eye out!

17th Nov 2018 – The Serpent King’s Daughter, School of Storytelling, Forest Row – rejoining the glorious Guesthouse Storytellers committee for another ensemble telling of this cycle of Indian stories. Great to be doing it again! More details to follow.

20th Nov 2018 – Ancient British myths, Hertford Junior School, Brighton – stepping back to our Iron Age past in two sessions with Year 3.

12th Dec 2018 – Greek myths at Hertford Junior School, Brighton – summoning the warm winds of the Mediterranean for Year 6’s Fab Finish!

Recent gigs

9th Oct 2018 – Tales from the Graveyard, Guesthouse Storytellers, Newhaven – I shared an old Brighton ghost story at this night of genuinely scary tales.

23rd Sep 2018 – Apple Day, Stanmer Park, Brighton – sadly my area was RAINED OFF… but hope to be back another year!

14th-16th Sep 2018 – Into the Trees – the ever-incredible woodland festival at Pippingford Park, Ashdown Forest, East Sussex – family activities, wildlife walks, food & drink, and me offering stories old and less-old about humans’ interaction with the woods.

Tues 11th Sep 2018 – The Serpent King’s Daughter, Guesthouse Storytellers, Newhaven – a great time joining the resident group of tellers for an ensemble version of an old Hindu tale, at this  fantastic regular story night.

Sat 30th Jun 2018 – Hertford Infant School summer fair – delving into adventure and magic in the Sussex soil with kids and families at our fantastic local infant school.

Sun 24th Jun 2018 – University of Sussex Community Festival, 11:00-3:00 – sharing stories from old and not-so-old Sussex at this great day out showcasing the work of the university, where in a parallel timeline I am employed as a welfare advisor.

Sat 16th Jun 2018 – back at Hollingdean Lucky Dip summer fair, compering all day and nattering with Sandy the Seagull, and also telling a few stories for good measure.

Sat 9th Jun 2018 – Locating Women in the Folk conference, University of Sussex – presenting a poster by myself and Simon Russell, on our graphic adaption of the myth of Njord and Skadi; and also got to swim in some amazing conversation with interesting and like-minded people (and tell the Squire of Hendy at the end!)

Fri 25th-Sun 27th May 2018 – back under the sun and trees at Elderflower Fields Festival, Pippingford Park, East Sussex. Shared the WowPow! stage with a host of other storytellers, poets and more besides; enjoyed the evening light exploring multi-layered myth through tales from the Mabinogion, the Icelandic Eddas, Alderley Edge, the Berkshire Downs and the Sussex soil.

Sat 5th May 2018 – Time Travel Treasure Hunt at Brighton Open Market. Help foil a villainous scheme in a strangely familiar world of mods and rockers, princes and Blackshirts, science, magic and adventure. Can you find the clues in time? Or will malevolent forces get there first? Will you decide the City’s fate? A treasure hunt for kids and their grownups, created in collaboration with Brighton Open Market and students of the University of Sussex Department of History.

Thurs 15th Mar 2018 – Creation to Narration, Artista Cafe & Gallery, Hove – great time at the third night of a NEW monthly storytelling event!

Sun 4th Mar 2018 – The Book Show, Arts@theCrypt, Seaford – a week-long celebration of books and illustration, put together for World Book Day by Seaford Contemporary Illustrators and Printmakers (SCIP). I closed the final day by premiering a specially-created story, Amelia and the Book of Ideas.

Sat 3rd Mar 2018 – relaunch of EarthSea Plantbased Wholefoods, our favourite and valued local wholefood coop! At Coachwerks, Hollingdean Terrace, Brighton.

Tues Feb 20th 2018 – Building Brighton at Hertford Infant School – helping with a special topic, layering on local history from the ground up. In my (and the) element(s) sharing stories and history from prehistoric days to Saxon times.

Mon 29th Jan 2018 – STORY SLAM at the ever-amazing Brighton Storytellers, Latest Music Bar, Brighton – gave a first walkout to my set of Berkshire folktales featuring on Herne the Hunter, Henry VIII, St Oswald’s Well and modern-day homelessness; as well as enjoying lots of fantastic other weavers of yarns.

Tues 8th Jan 2018 – Elemental Stories at Guesthouse Storytellers, Newhaven – I shared the Japanese creation myth of Izanami and Izanagi, alongside lots of other tales of earth, air, fire and water, for the first night of the year of this fantastic club.

Fri 8th Dec 2017 – Norse and Anglo-Saxon myths extravaganza for Yr 4’s Fantastic Finish at Hertford Junior School – small group tales round the fire, and then a sweep over the Rhinegold saga at the finishing feast!

Sat 2nd Dec 2017 – Lucky Dip Winter Fayre, St Richard’s Church, Hollingdean, Brighton: compering the events, and also sharing some winter tales from near and far, alongside the amazing Ruth Cooke.

Tues 14th Nov 2017 – ancient British myths for Year 3 at Hertford Junior School – digging down into the roots of prehistoric mythology for the Iron Age Britain topic, gathered round a fire in our imaginary hall.

Tues 7th Nov 2017 – Hertford Junior School, Brighton – Greek Myths for Year 6 –  tales of Heroes to start the kids’ writing project!

Mon 25th Sep 2017 – Tales from the Ocean DeepBrighton Storytellers, Latest Music Bar, Brighton – SADLY DIDN’T MAKE IT in the end: was struck down by a freak virussy migraine thing… Very sorry to the good people at Brighton Storytellers, was really looking forward to it too.

9th & 10th Sep 2017 – Into the Trees, Pippingford Park, East Sussex – another wonderful weekend of outdoor activities in this amazing place: fun, food and crafts for families, and I’m sharing tales of the greenwood while we immerse ourselves in all things foresty.

Thurs 13th Jul 2017 – Greek Myths for Year 6 at Hertford Junior School, Brighton – gods and monsters…! And a quick mini-workshop on the meaning of myth and making monsters for our times.

Weekend of 26th-29th May 2017 – Elderflower Fields Festival, Pippingford Park, East Sussex. A fantastic family-friendly festival in a beautiful place, so glad to go back. Also great to share the bill with lots of other great storytellers, including the wonderful Andreas Kornevall, Sheila Sword and Fleur Shorthouse.

Wed 10th and Fri 12th May 2017 – Taliesin: A Tale of Power, Class and Environmental Catastrophe – a cycle of medieval Welsh stories with striking contemporary resonance… Part of the Brighton Festival Fringe, in the atmospheric comfort of Artista Cafe & Gallery, Hove.

Fri 24th Mar 2017 – Singing gig with the Bandana Collective, The World’s End, Brighton.

Fri 17th Mar 2017 – Singing gig for These Three Monkeys, at The Art House, Southampton, accompanied by the amazing Mark Wilson on bass.

Wed 15th Mar 2017 – All’s Fair? Tales of Gender, Equality and Relationships, The Dukebox Theatre, Brighton – solo show for International Women’s Day (8th Mar) – taking some of my favourite, most poignant tales from old myths, I explore lessons for us all (sometimes tragic, sometimes inspiring) about gender in modern life.

Tues 14th Mar 2017 – Desmond Anderson Primary Academy, Crawley – stories of woods and a workshop on Ancient Egypt, for students on the Autistic Spectrum.

Fri 10th Mar 2017 – Big Untidy Gothic Tales Special, the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading – stretching into the darker corners of my repertoire, alongside operatic metal from Incarnadine Coven, pagan folk-rockers Spriggan Mist and a storyteller spoken of in hushed reverence who was lovely to meet: Cliff Easterbrook aka the Travelling Talesman.

Wed 21st Dec 2016 – Winter Solstice Woodland Gathering for Kindlings Outdoor Play and Education, Brighton – marking the heart of winter with fun and soup in the woods, alongside fellow storytellers Ruth Cooke, Sheila Sword and others.

Fri 9th Dec 2016 – singing gig at Big Untidy Not Quite Christmas Special, the Rising Sun Arts Centre, Reading – alongside Pog, Wob and Paula Curtis. Wonderful place, always great to make the journey – and lots of fun with the other acts.

Fri 2nd Dec 2016 – Norse and Anglo-Saxon myths! For Year 4’s Fabulous Finish at Hertford Junior School, Brighton.

Thurs 1st Dec 2016 – singing gig with the Bandana Collective at Railway Roots, the Railway Inn, Portslade. With support from the Ukeladies!

Tue 8th Nov 2016 – 10min slot at Guesthouse Storytellers, Newhaven, before the main act of Orpheus & Eurydice by Andreas Kornevall. Andreas is a scholar of mythology at the School of Myth and Story in Devon, and is a fantastic storyteller with really great insight into the deeper meanings of mythology. He’s always wonderful to watch, and at this gig was accompanied by the lyrical and beautiful classical guitar of Geoff Robb.

Sat 29th Oct 2016 – Hallowe’en at Brighton Open Market! Old tales of mystery and shadows for the season of mists… Telling traditional stories from around the UK with the mood, magic and atmosphere of the festival; alongside music, extra stalls from ART Junky and a COSTUME PARADE!

Wed 26th Oct 2016 – Story Treasure Hunt at Brighton Open Market – an epic quest through Brighton’s history, stories and Time Itself! Commissioned by the Open Market as a half-term activity, the treasure hunt led two groups of kids (and their faithful grownups) through a strangely familiar world of activists and gangsters, students and Blackshirts, fishing families and fairies, science and magic and adventure – and helped stop a villainous scheme to seize the soul of the City.

Sun 23rd Oct – Storytelling Fundraiser for The Hummingbird Project – at Coachwerks, Hollingdean, Brighton. Glorious afternoon alongside Ruth Cooke, South Downs Storytellers and loads more, tucked up with vegan Sunday roast and locally-brewed beers. Raised £120 for The Hummingbird Project, Brighton, who do amazing work providing aid & solidarity to refugees in the camps at Calais and Dunkirk.

Sat 24th Sep 2016 – Brighton Open Market – two sets of stories about Brighton and Sussex, as part of a fundraiser for Macmillan Cancer Relief.

Weekend of 3rd-4th Sep 2016 – Into the Trees, Pippingford Park, East Sussex – a GREAT time telling stories of woods on both days of this family activity festival, in the splendid wilderness of Ashdown Forest.

Thurs 4th August – ALBUM LAUNCH! Ringing in my new album of songs at The Greys, Brighton, with Mark Wilson on bass and Weezey Jaye on drums – and support from Lewis McKale and Weezey in her guise as HumourJail. We did it!

Tues 26th July – Top of the Horse & Stables, London – singing gig, previewing new album of songs with bass player Mark Wilson of Underhound in tow.

Mon 4th July –  three sessions at Hangleton Primary School, Brighton (to the Infants, Yrs 3 & 4 and Yr 5) as part of their Book Week – stories and history from Sussex and farther afield, touching on some of their topics (such as Heroes and Castles), and broader themes such as change in the light of the end of the academic year and the recent EU referendum

Mon 27th June 2016 – short slot at Brighton Storytellers, alongside lots of other great spinners of tales!

Sat 25th June 2016 – Family fun day at The Park View pub, Brighton

Fri 24th June 2016 – Private Party

Sat 18th June 2016 – Lucky Dip Summer Fayre, Hollingdean, Brighton – one of a group of grownups helping kids put on a Puppet Theatre, using their own handmade puppets!

Weekend of 27th-30th May 2016 – Elderflower Fields Festival, Pippingford Park, East Sussex: http://www.elderflowerfields.co.uk/ – two sets in the WowPow! spoken word tent, over the course of an amazing weekend

Thurs 14th April 2016 – Elm Grove Primary School, Brighton – Amazonian tales and other jungle stories, to help start the new topic for Yr 4

Wed 9th Mar 2016 – Book Week at Benfield Primary School, Portslade – a wide-ranging storytelling session for the younger kids, then delving into Greek myths with the older years – followed by a workshop on storytelling techniques on that theme for Year 5

Sat 5th Mar 2016 – Wilderness Wood, Hadlow Down – telling tales of woods and woodland after the day’s work on Stewardship Saturday

Thurs 3rd Mar 2016 – International Book Day at Hertford Infant School, Brighton – lots of fun celebrating stories with all the classes

Mon 25th Jan 2016 – Seven-Minute Star slot at Brighton Storytellers

Sun 6th Dec 2015 – Lucky Dip Christmas Market, Hollingdean, Brighton

Fri 4th Dec 2015 – Hertford Junior School, Brighton – Norse myths as part of Year 4’s Fantastic Finish!

Tue 13th Oct 2015 – Hertford Junior School, Brighton – two workshops with Year 5 classes around literary/storytelling tools, using elements of Amazonian folklore…