Gigs

6th July 2020 – Chasing the Sun: British Myths and the Uffington White Horse – due to immense demand, an extra online telling of my cycle of stories inspired by the Uffington White Horse, exploring the traces of legend in the landscape.

28th July 2020 – Root, Branch and Weave: In Search of a British Creation Myth – heroes, magicians and the shadows of gods abound in this online telling of old tales: piecing together legends from Wales, Ireland and further afield, we uncover the possibilities of an origin myth as old as the forests and hills.

Sep 2020 tba – Chasing the Sun: British Myths and the Uffington White Horse – another online telling of these stories inspired by the Uffington White Horse: previous dates sold out three times, so come set forth again to explore the traces of legend in the landscape.

Sep 2020 tba – Root, Branch and Weave: In Search of a British Creation Myth – another online date to delve into ancient tales from Wales, Ireland and more, to imagine the beliefs of our prehistoric forebears.

Oct 2020 tba – Brighton HorrorFest – Rachel Levy and I return with a haunting and gothic Norse tale of fallen heroes, lost love and the hope of another chance beyond death… watch this space for details!

Recent gigs

28th June 2020 – Sunday Stories Online. More stories, more magic, more chance to meet up even while lockdown continues – and raising funds for Acting For Others and the Musician’s Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund.

22nd and 23rd June 2020 – Chasing the Sun: British Myths and the Uffington White Horse – an online telling of my cycle of stories inspired by the Uffington White Horse, exploring the traces of legend in the landscape.

8th Jun 2020 – South Devon Storytellers – a 10min slot at this wondefrful and very friendly monthly group, with some splendid tellers of tales.

4th June – Portslade Roots Music Club – a rare peformance of a SONG, accompanied by my friend Julia Ullyott, at this fantastic monthly get-together for DIY music and more.

June 2020, various dates – Viking Myths! – online storytelling and workshop for children (or grownups) who are schooling from home: giants, gods, fates and feuds, all the heroism and hardship of the North… plus we make our own story!

June 2020, various dates – Sussex Folktales and Legends – a virtual tour through the mystery and magic found in the local soil, for children (and grownups) at home during lockdown. History, folklore, villains and spirits!

June 2020, various dates – Greek Myths! – online celebration of the beauty, the tragedy, the heroes and the monsters of Greek myth, for those off school in lockdown (or grownups too). Hear famous legends and lesser-known tales, and ask: what really makes a hero?

24th May 2020 – Sunday Stories Online – my monthly feast of myths and magic, streamed online to keep the flame alive during lockdown. Taking donations for Acting For Others and the Musician’s Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund.

15th May 2020 – Strange Times Online Storytelling Club – a new weekly get-together for storytellers and story lovers all over the country, and indeed the world. Hosted by the fantastic Abbie Simmonds.

7th May 2020 – Portslade Roots Virtual Music Night – virtual gathering for this magnificent monthly showcase of music: folk, roots, acoustic, whatever you want to call it, it’s made by people like us and shared for the joy of it. Regular hosts/organisers are the amazing Robb Johnson and Roger Stevens, and the main act this month was the legend that is Leon Rossellson…

6th May 2020 – South Downs Storytellers – marvellous monthly storytelling open mic marks it’s 4th Birthday! Join us on Zoom for a communal pick’n’mix of tales and tellers.

2nd May 2020 – Bethan’s Birthday Lockdown Party – Sofa-streaming online celebration for my good friend Bethan Prosser, featuring her band Pog, more music from Carol Hodge and Anja McCloskey and stories from me. Raising money for Brighton Voices In Exile, supporting refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants. Hurrah!

27th Apr 2020 – Worthing Storytellers: Tales of England – Sitting pleasingly close to the patron saint’s day of this ostensible nation state, we get to delve into the history, heritage and imagination of the multi-layered melting pot that is English culture. Sounds great to me!

26th Apr 2020 – Sunday Stories Online – raising funds for performers and theatre workers affected by Coronavirus, by spinning yarns and twisting tales. Video of the event still posted at the link!

1st Apr 2020 – South Downs Storytellers – Hailing all fools! The glorious monthly storytelling open mic goes ahead via Zoom on this most auspicious day. I’ll be contributing a tale, and can’t wait to see who else is there too.

29th Mar 2020 – Sunday Stories, ONLINE! Another afternoon of comedy, tragedy, magic and myth, streamed online so we can all still enjoy it! 3-5pm, FREE/donations, all welcome.

15th Mar 2020 – Story Walk, Cissbury Ring – a walk on this spectacular hillfort site, sharing tales of human’s activity there going back to the Neolithic, plus folktales and legend it’s picked up along the way. 10% of proceeds given to the National Trust for maintenance of the site.

5th Mar 2020 – World Book Day at Shoreham College – stories and workshops for years 4, 5, 7 and 8.

24th Feb 2020 – Worthing Storytellers – Beowulf and Other Tales – the amazing Amy Sutton shares her telling of the great Old English epic: grim, funny and intense! Myself and other comrades will be bringing other tales in support, suitable for a Saxon feast-hall. Coast, Beach Parade, 7:30-9:30pm, £5/£3.

23rd Feb 2020 – Sunday Stories, Village cafe, Brighton – the first one went so well, we’re doing it again! Mystery and adventure, for one and all, 3-5pm. FREE/donations!

11th Feb 2020 – Chasing the Sun, Guesthouse Storytellers, Newhaven – a cycle of stories inspired by the Uffington White Horse, exploring the traces of legend in the landscape. Drawing from archaeology, history and tales from Wales, Yorkshire, Iceland and more, I imagine the myth that might have been.

4th Feb – The Great Fire of London, Hertford Infant School, Brighton – stories for Years 1 & 2 to investigate the legendary London blaze.

19th Jan 2020 – Sunday Stories – what better way to while away a winter afternoon than snuggled up in a cosy cafe with some stories? I’ll be sharing some favourites, new finds, and anything that pops into my head – plus acoustic indie folk rock from the amazing Neil Singh. Village cafe, Islingword Road, Brighton, 3-5pm, FREE/donations. All ages welcome!

8th Jan 2020 – StoryNight at Torriano – celebrating 12 years of Nell Phoenix’s club as one of 12 tellers, each doing a story of only 7.5mins in length!

20th Dec 2019 – Glow Wild, Wakehurst Place – back again at the spellbinding lantern trail – art, lantern making, food & drink, perfect for a midwinter evening.

10th Dec – Hertford Junior School, Brighton – Viking stories for Year 4’s Fabulous Finish!

7th Dec 2019 – Winter Lucky Dip, St Richards Church, Hollingdean, Brighton – compering once more at the ever-fantastic annual community fair with stalls, cake, music and more.

22nd November 2019 – Glow Wild, Wakehurst Place – enchanting lantern trail featuring art and sound installations, lantern making and heartwarming food & drink.

10th Nov 2019 – Ditchling Beacon story walk – a walk again in the stunning the South Downs, sharing tales of prehistory, ghosts, monsters and modern times, via their traces left for us in the landscape.

26th Oct 2019 – Nightwatch, King John’s Nursery, Etchingham – a heart-nourishing evening exploring the world at night: astronomy, wildlife, storytelling, and a hot supper.

20th Oct 2019 – Ditchling Beacon story walk – an envigorating walk in the striking scenery of the South Downs, sharing history and tales from Bronze Age barrows to ghostly hounds, Napoleonic defenses to knuckers and witches.

17th Oct 2019 – The Saga of Hervor and Heidrek, Sweet Werks, Brighton – raising a world of warrior women, ghosts, greed and vengeful magic in this Icelandic sage, with Rachel Levy of South Downs Storytellers.

19th Sep 2019 – Greek Myths: Perseus & Medusa! Hertford Junior School, Brighton – exploring the twists and bites of Her Snakiness’ story with Year 6

13th-15th Sep 2019 – Into the Trees, Pippingford Park, East Sussex – ever-amazing family festival celebrating all things woodlandy and outdoorsy. I’m storytelling on Sat eve and twice on Sun afternoon.

15th Aug 2019 – Summer of Stories: How It All Began, Bags of Books, Lewes – back again for more storyweaving and wonder.
6th Aug 2019 – Summer of Stories: Heroes and Villains, Bags of Books, Lewes – second in a run of sessions at this wonderful bookshop.

2nd-4th Aug 2019 – Oxfest – jam-packed family festival at the Sussex Ox, Polegate – music, activities, camping, local food and drinks in the Sussex countryside. I did sets under a tree on the Saturday and Sunday afternoons, beneath Windover Hill with its Long Man.

30th July 2019 – Summer of Stories: Magical Beasts, Bags of Books, Lewes – first of a series of sessions at a BRILLIANT independent bookshop. 11am-12pm, best for 6-12 year olds, £3 per child – please book here.

5th July 2019 – Twilight Tales, Paddock Fields, Lewes – a free community celebration with stories and dance, organised by Patina and Starfish Studios to round off the day of their Moving On parade.
30th June 2019 – The Lucky Dip: Tutti Frutti – Compering again at this annual community extravaganza organised by the wonderful Hollingdean Lucky Dip.

21st June 2019 – Midsummer story walk, Hollingdean, Brighton – gentle walk up to Hollingbury Hillfort to watch the sun go down on the longest day, featuring local folk tales, history and ancient British myths as we go.

20th June 2019 – Hertford Schools’ Summer Fair – sharing tales of wonder and fun for my local infant and junior schools’ bash!

15th June 2019 – The Saga of Hervor and Heidrek, Westgate Chapel, Lewes – a full evening’s retelling by Rachel Levy and I of this tragic and action-packed saga, featuring a warrior-princess, a king on the make, the high cost of glory and a cursed sword…

8th June 2019 – The Serpent King’s Daughter, Storytelling Hut, Emerson College, Forest Row – another ensemble telling of this Hindu-inspired tale with Guesthouse Storytellers.

24th-26th May 2019 – Elderflower Fields festival, Pippingford Park, East Sussex – another welcome visit to this fantastic family festival in the depths of the Weald. I’ll be storytelling on the WowPow! stage on Fri, Sat and Sun nights.

25th May 2019 – Time Travel Treasure Hunt, Hangleton Community Centre, Brighton – staged as part of the Brighton Festival’s Your Place programme, and created in collaboration with history students from the University of Sussex. A spectacular day!

16th May 2019 – The Serpent King’s Daughter, Printer’s Playhouse, Eastbourne – a magical cycle of fables drawing on Hindu mythology: a mighty king must spin stories or face enslavement, by the woman he loves – the dangerous and clever Serpent King’s daughter. I’ll be taking part in this group performance by the Guesthouse Storytellers ensemble. £8, tickets and info available here.

6th Apr 2019 – The Wedding Reception of Njord and Skadi – celebrating the launch of the new comic by Simon Russell and myself, with fun times and fellowship at the Jolly Brewer, Brighton. Plus music from Dryadic and Katy Rodda, and an epic telling of The Saga of Hervor and Heidrek with Rachel Levy.

30th Mar 2019 – Viking Adventure Day for Girl Guiding Lewes Division – storytelling workshops at a full day of activities on a Norse theme… and round the campfire South Downs Storytellers‘ Rachel Levy and I premiered our telling of the haunting Saga of Hervor and Heidrek.

9th Mar 2019 – International Comic Expo, Holiday Inn, Brighton – sharing our new comic, The Marriage of Njord and Skadi, and telling a smorgasbord of Norse myths!

31st Jan 2019 – Stories for the New Year, Worthing Storytellers, Cellar Arts Club, Worthing – opening night of a new regular storytelling group! I’ll be sharing a short tale alongside some really impressive local tellers. Doors 7:30pm, £5 (£3 Cellar Arts Club members).

29th Jan 2019 – Building Brighton, Hertford Infant School – using ancient stories to explore local history with Year 2 students, from the earliest human activity to mediaeval times.

13th Jan 2019 – The Serpent King’s Daughter, Depot, Lewes – return of the ensemble telling of this Hindu-inspired cycle of tales, with the amazing people of Guesthouse Storytellers. 5:00pm-7:00pm, £8/£6, booking recommended.

16th Dec 2018 – Christmas Party at Coachwerks, Hollingdean Terrace, Brighton – a great time by the fire telling wintery stories of frost and flame, at this brilliant local venue/artist’s space/wholefood shop.

14th Dec 2018 – Norse myths at Hertford Junior School – back again for fickle gods and flawed heroes at Year 4’s Viking Feast.

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

1st Dec 2018 – Hollingdean Lucky Dip’s HOLLY JOLLY – ever-fantastic community winter fair at St Richard’s Church – stalls, activities and music, and I’ll be making the announcements as Master of Ceremonies and storytelling with the amazing Ruth Cooke. 10:30am-3:30pm, more details to follow.

20th Nov 2018 – Ancient British myths, Hertford Junior School, Brighton – stepping back with Year 3 to our Iron Age past through legend and folktale.

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 Deep, Brighton 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…