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Storytelling

As a storyteller, who specialises in true-life tales, I have performed in a wide variety of venues. These include theatres, art galleries, libraries, bookshops, cafes – anywhere that people gather to hear stories.

In my early work, my mentor was international storyteller and author Cat Weatherill. She first invited me to perform in one of her successful Tell Me On A Sunday shows at The Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. I appeared there on a regular basis and later joined a troupe of true-life tellers Flashlight Storytellers. From 2014 – 2016, we performed at a variety of storytelling events in the West Midlands, introducing the ‘true-life storytelling’ model to the circuit. Our inspiration was the style of the iconic show The Moth in New York. This is a legendary event which celebrates the craft of “true stories told live”.

Arts Council funded projects have further enabled me to run Workshops in Storytelling. These include my time as Writer/Storyteller in Residence for the Voices from the Ashes project, in Birmingham. I have also worked as project assistant to Cat Weatherill for her monthly Mee Club in Coventry. There, I regularly performed as one of the guest storytellers, and hosted a couple of shows at The Herbert Art Gallery.

I am now invited to perform as a guest storyteller in spoken word gigs all over the Midlands. My repertoire contains comic & poignant stories that last between 7 – 10 mins. The next step is to create my own show.

Watch this space!

StoryVibes – Sawdust & Silk

The first StoryVibes of 2019 was held in its new, regular, haunt – Artefact art gallery, in South Birmingham. It was an eclectic mix of stories, spoken word and music, that featured the fascinating storyteller Cindylou Turner-Taylor. She performed Sawdust & Silk, a Cinderella tale set in 1930’s England. Continue Reading →

Story Vibes – The Pongo’s Dream

A new kind of storytelling and spoken word fusion – Story Vibes – has come to town.

The brainchild of storyteller Sharon Carr, it had its first launch at The Kitchen Garden Cafe – well-known for storytelling & music in Birmingham, so it was great to be invited to tell one of my favourite true-life stories… The Lion, the Wolf & The Cornershop. Continue Reading →

True Life Storytelling @ Kenilworth Books

Having recently performed in a two-hander show with author and international storyteller Cat Weatherill, it was a pleasure to join her as Guest Storyteller at the end of an all-day workshop @ Kenilworth Books in Warwickshire.
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Truth & Truffles – Stoke Golding

Tonight was a chance to perform a set of some of the true-life stories I have perfored over the years in a two-hander 90-min show with author/storyteller Cat Weatherill  Continue Reading →

The Mee Club @Herbert Art Gallery, Coventry

March – Sept 2016 The Mee Club ran a series of open-mic evenings of true-life storytelling – that were up and running once a month on Fridays @ 8pm at Coventry’s iconic Herbert Art Gallery – as part of their… Continue Reading →

The Mee Club Party

@ the Herbert Art Gallery It was good to see new storytellers share their stories with us at The Mee Club party, after joining us for a spring & summer season of workshops and open-mic performances at The Herbert Art… Continue Reading →

Guest Storyteller @ Waterstones on the Mic

Waterstones, Birmingham – July 2016 I was invited to tell my story The Lion, the Wolf & the Cornershop in the special guest slot of this regular open-mic gig at Waterstones. It was a warm, sultry evening and the audience… Continue Reading →

Flirt Off @ Old Joint Stock, Birmingham

This was our launch show at The Old Joint Stock and as Cat Weatherill blogged on Facebook… “FANTASTIC stories tonight. An unexpectedly pungent lover… taking your surgical aid on a hot date… unintentionally leaving your girlfriend on a train then… Continue Reading →

Hearts & Crosses @ Birmingham Old Rep

“Birmingham’s sensational storytelling collective presents an exciting evening of stories straight from the heart, brought to vivid life, full of love and loss (just in time for Valentine’s Day!)” “Genuinely uplifting” Arts Council England The Old Rep website

Tantalising Tales

Burbage Community Arts Festival 2015, Burbage In the lovely village of Burbage I joined Flashlight True Life Storytellers to deliver an evening of stories from around the world. The programme included stories from local storytellers like myself and national &… Continue Reading →

World Book Night 2015

It was exciting to be invited to be Guest Storyteller when Crisis celebrated the world of literature at a Special World Book Night event in Digbeth – the heart of the city of Birmingham.
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Yard Talk @ FRICTION ARTS

Digbeth, Birmingham, 11th April 2015 – This was a chance to tell one of my stories alongside other guest storytellers Graham Langley, John Pole and Gavin Young. It was part of Friction Art’s artistic programme aimed at drawing in the… Continue Reading →

Short & Sweet

Library of Birmingham Here was the opportunity to present my own prose fiction story Writing West Midlands and the Library of Birmingham’s monthly open mic evening of short fiction performances…at Short and Sweet “Short and Sweet … powerful snippets of… Continue Reading →

Love & Chocolate

Thimblemill Library, Bearwood, Birmingham At this intriguing Art Deco historic building in Bearwood, on the eve of Valentine’s Night, I performed my new 7-minute true-life story about finding love in the snow and the magic of Christmas. It was part… Continue Reading →

Tell Me on A Sunday Greatest Hits

@ The Door Theatre, Birmingham REP We performed this show as part of Birmingham Literature Festival. It was a showcase for the best of the Tell Me on A Sunday season, featuring true-life tales full of wonder, mystery and fun…. Continue Reading →

JAM FACE – KITCHEN GARDEN CAFE

Kings Heath, Birmingham This was one of our first shows as the Storytelling Troupe Flashlight.  Here I joined the group of talented writers, performers and musicians who regularly filled the guest slots at Tell Me on A Sunday to start our own company… Continue Reading →

TELL ME ON A SUNDAY – IKON GALLERY

Brindley Place, Birmingham It all started from having a regular slot at the successful Tell Me on A Sunday event which ran monthly at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, hosted by international writer and storyteller Cat Weatherill. These popular events, which were often ”… Continue Reading →

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