Hi all! Yesterday I had the good fortune to be at TWO splendid monthly events: UpRoar People’s Ceilidh and Spoaken Word (both of which are wonderful and I would heartily recommend them!) – and while at UpRoar, my good friend Robb Johnson happened to mention that I’m a storyteller – hence I was invited to … More New video – a Tale for Our Time
Last Spring I was very lucky to be given a three-month work placement with Surrey Hills Arts, funded by Techne Doctoral Training Partnership, to develop storytelling performances about the impact of human activity on the Surrey Hills through the centuries. And I’m really thrilled to announce the results! Working with local historians, archaeologists and more, … More Footprints: eco-storytelling in the Surrey Hills
Our HorrorFest show is GO! Spooky Sussex: Forgotten Fears from Local Folktales will crawl from the shadows on Tues 26th Oct at SweetWerks, Middle Street, Brighton. Rachel Levy and I will share terrors that have haunted the footsteps of Sussex people since times far and near… black dogs, hungering spirits and the restless dead abound. … More Brighton HorrorFest: Spooky Sussex – IN-PERSON TICKETS ON SALE!
Book now for Footprints storywalks at the Devil’s Punchbowl tomorrow! I’ll be leading you through the history of human interaction with the landscape, from the deepest past to modern times, with a good strong dash of folklore and myth thrown in. … More History and prehistory in Hindhead tomorrow!
On top of my Crecganford interview, one of my stories has been picked up by East London Radio for Tony Cranston’s Talking Stories show! It’s out now to listen online here. I tell a tale from Sussex fairy lore, and there’s plenty of other fascinating stuff from other storytellers too. Enjoy!
I did an interview recently for the fantastic Crecganford YouTube channel! You can watch it below. We had a great time chatting about the possible prehistoric beliefs behind British and Irish medieval tales: I got to share some of my speculations about the roots of British Isles folklore, and along the way we had a … More New Interview on British Myths
I’m really excited to announce an event coming up later this month, and a fascinating project I’ve been involved in since May. On Thurs 29th Jul, I’ll be leading storywalks at Hindhead Commons, Surrey, looking back at how human actions have shaped the landscape since the earliest times. This is is just one activity at … More FOOTPRINTS – tales of ecology and human impact in the Surrey Hills
So, you remember me talking about recording a CD of favourite folk tales? Well, I’ve been back in the studio a couple of times since – including last week when I think finishing touches were put upon it! The recording includes five tales, from Sussex, Berkshire, North Wales and the mysterious depths of medieval myth. … More CD update – nearly done!
So! I had a great time yesterday, going back to the ever-amazing Brighton Road Recording Studios, with the incredible co-owner/engineer Ali Gavan. The reason being, to record some of my favourite folktales for a forthcoming release! This plan has been on my mind since before lockdown: I wanted to record a selection of shorter tales … More CD and download on the way…!