Weekend of 26th-29th May 2017 – Elderflower Fields Festival, Pippingford Park, East Sussex. A fantastic family-friendly festival, so glad to be going back. Will be doing two sets in the WowPow! spoken word tent: spooky tales (for families…!) on Saturday night, and a wide-ranging set of all sorts on Sunday morning. I’ll be sharing the bill with lots of other great storytellers, including the wonderful Andreas Kornevall, Sheila Sword and Fleur Shorthouse – looking forward to it.
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.
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…