REBECCA SMART   Rebecca Smart is a storyteller who works with rites of passage, and the power of story to effect radical change. She has an ear for unearthing the untold stories that need to be shared, and is a deep listener as well as being a compelling and dynamic teller.  Rebecca continually draws inspiration from the diverse stories encountered in her group work in settings ranging from NHS mental health wards, to businesses, retreats, and the forest – where she works with women and myth. As a performer Rebecca has a background in theatre, improvisation and poetry, and has been seen at Cheltenham Literary Festival and BAC for Apples and Snakes; the Barbican & BOV; storytelling performances for festivals and theatres in collaboration with musicians, and heard in a wide variety of stories, plays and poetry for Radio 4.    www.womensrites.co.uk

REBECCA SMART

Rebecca Smart is a storyteller who works with rites of passage, and the power of story to effect radical change. She has an ear for unearthing the untold stories that need to be shared, and is a deep listener as well as being a compelling and dynamic teller.  Rebecca continually draws inspiration from the diverse stories encountered in her group work in settings ranging from NHS mental health wards, to businesses, retreats, and the forest – where she works with women and myth. As a performer Rebecca has a background in theatre, improvisation and poetry, and has been seen at Cheltenham Literary Festival and BAC for Apples and Snakes; the Barbican & BOV; storytelling performances for festivals and theatres in collaboration with musicians, and heard in a wide variety of stories, plays and poetry for Radio 4.


www.womensrites.co.uk

  USIFU JALLOH   Usifu Jalloh is a highly experienced, talented award winning performer and educator who has been working in arts education for over 20 years. His roots in multicultural Sierra Leone, and his long standing and close association with artists and audiences from a wide range of cultures, have lead him to develop a storytelling style which encompasses international languages, music, dance and story themes. He was born in Kamakwie in the Bombali District of northern Sierra Leone.   Usifu has a passion for motivating young people to educate themselves within the context of their culture. Along with Storytelling and music, he has established Maambena Fest through the Aruna Jalloh Foundation as one of the vehicles he uses to accomplish this laudable goal.   www.usifujalloh.com

USIFU JALLOH

Usifu Jalloh is a highly experienced, talented award winning performer and educator who has been working in arts education for over 20 years. His roots in multicultural Sierra Leone, and his long standing and close association with artists and audiences from a wide range of cultures, have lead him to develop a storytelling style which encompasses international languages, music, dance and story themes. He was born in Kamakwie in the Bombali District of northern Sierra Leone.
 
Usifu has a passion for motivating young people to educate themselves within the context of their culture. Along with Storytelling and music, he has established Maambena Fest through the Aruna Jalloh Foundation as one of the vehicles he uses to accomplish this laudable goal.

www.usifujalloh.com

  VERGINE GULBENKIAN   Vergine Gulbenkian was drawn to performance storytelling as a direct and essential form of communication in 1991, after studying drama. Her interest led her to research the rich Armenian oral tradition- co-producing a documentary video with Richard Eayrs about the ashugh (epic singer) tradition in Armenia.  The shows she creates are based on traditional tales and epics and she performs them in venues that have included the South Bank centre, the Battersea Arts Centre, the British Museum, the Barbican Pit and the Soho Theatre. She has received commissions from Festival at the Edge and Beyond the Border Storytelling festivals. Vergine was ‘Storyteller in Residence’ for a project called Storytelling across cultures, bringing traditional tales to schools and community centres in Oxfordshire. She works with Museums, performs regularly at international storytelling festivals and works in schools, sharing the joy of telling and listening to stories with pupils and teachers.

VERGINE GULBENKIAN

Vergine Gulbenkian was drawn to performance storytelling as a direct and essential form of communication in 1991, after studying drama.
Her interest led her to research the rich Armenian oral tradition- co-producing a documentary video with Richard Eayrs about the ashugh (epic singer) tradition in Armenia. 
The shows she creates are based on traditional tales and epics and she performs them in venues that have included the South Bank centre, the Battersea Arts Centre, the British Museum, the Barbican Pit and the Soho Theatre.
She has received commissions from Festival at the Edge and Beyond the Border Storytelling festivals.
Vergine was ‘Storyteller in Residence’ for a project called Storytelling across cultures, bringing traditional tales to schools and community centres in Oxfordshire. She works with Museums, performs regularly at international storytelling festivals and works in schools, sharing the joy of telling and listening to stories with pupils and teachers.

  ABBIE SIMMONDS   Brighton-based Abbie is a passionate performer of myths, folktales and folksongs, particularly those from the snow capped mountains of the north. Abbie enjoys exploring the liminal spaces where myth becomes modern, and tales of warrior goddesses, trickster ravens and troubled Kings from long, long ago find renewed truth in the present moment. She also just really, really loves stories!   "A storyteller with edge, with the mark of someone who really knows their craft" Ashley Ramsden, Founder of the School of Storytelling  "You really were amazing and so untiringly generous of yourself.  It was a privilege to hear you tell in one of my favourite storytelling venues." Jonathan Lambert, Director of Hare Moon Storytelling Camp    www.abbiesimmonds.com

ABBIE SIMMONDS

Brighton-based Abbie is a passionate performer of myths, folktales and folksongs, particularly those from the snow capped mountains of the north. Abbie enjoys exploring the liminal spaces where myth becomes modern, and tales of warrior goddesses, trickster ravens and troubled Kings from long, long ago find renewed truth in the present moment. She also just really, really loves stories! 

"A storyteller with edge, with the mark of someone who really knows their craft" Ashley Ramsden, Founder of the School of Storytelling

"You really were amazing and so untiringly generous of yourself.  It was a privilege to hear you tell in one of my favourite storytelling venues." Jonathan Lambert, Director of Hare Moon Storytelling Camp 

www.abbiesimmonds.com

  JOANNE TREMARCO   Joanne spent four years training with Jonathan Kay in the art of fooling. As part of Fool Size theatre Joanne makes both spontaneous and choreographed theatre for the street and the stage. Her work is high quality, inclusive and uses the archetype of the fool (which can be anything and nothing) to explore taboo issues from a myriad of perspectives balancing comedy with tragedy. Other works by Fool Size include: the award winning Women Who W*nk, The Fig Leaf Wars, Punch and Judy, The Penis Monologues and Flock. Her work has been part of the Wellcome Trusts’ Sexology Season and she has collaborated with the R.C.A. On an interactive philosophical experiement at Being Human Fest. She is currently training as a birth and a death doula with Living Well Dying Well, learning to care for people who are bringing new life or leaving life. Her recent comissions include street and stage performances for Physical Fest/Merseyside Dance Initiative and Open Culture. She is also a regular puppeteer for The Lantern Company, a creative evaluator for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. She loves performing without a parachute and making audiences laugh and cry.   

JOANNE TREMARCO

Joanne spent four years training with Jonathan Kay in the art of fooling.
As part of Fool Size theatre Joanne makes both spontaneous and choreographed theatre for the street and the stage. Her work is high quality, inclusive and uses the archetype of the fool (which can be anything and nothing) to explore taboo issues from a myriad of perspectives balancing comedy with tragedy. Other works by Fool Size include: the award winning Women Who W*nk, The Fig Leaf Wars, Punch and Judy, The Penis Monologues and Flock.
Her work has been part of the Wellcome Trusts’ Sexology Season and she has collaborated with the R.C.A. On an interactive philosophical experiement at Being Human Fest.
She is currently training as a birth and a death doula with Living Well Dying Well, learning to care for people who are bringing new life or leaving life.
Her recent comissions include street and stage performances for Physical Fest/Merseyside Dance Initiative and Open Culture. She is also a regular puppeteer for The Lantern Company, a creative evaluator for Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. She loves performing without a parachute and making audiences laugh and cry.

 

  EMMA HOCKLEY   Emma Hockley is an Artist, Art Educator and Illustrator working between London and her studio in Oxford. Her work fuses elements from religious traditions, personal photographs, found media and her immediate surroundings; appropriating styles and influences from both her formal art education as well as her many travels. Working intuitively with an emphasis on texture and atmosphere her images illuminate ideas beyond the physical realm. Combining her external environment and her internal landscape of emotions in spontaneous imagery the works are often rooted in reality and yet metaphorical and surreal. She has run workshops across the country and will be artist in residence at this years Oxford Storytelling Festival, wandering, drawing and encouraging others to do the same.   www.emmahockleyarts.co.uk    

EMMA HOCKLEY

Emma Hockley is an Artist, Art Educator and Illustrator working between London and her studio in Oxford. Her work fuses elements from religious traditions, personal photographs, found media and her immediate surroundings; appropriating styles and influences from both her formal art education as well as her many travels. Working intuitively with an emphasis on texture and atmosphere her images illuminate ideas beyond the physical realm. Combining her external environment and her internal landscape of emotions in spontaneous imagery the works are often rooted in reality and yet metaphorical and surreal. She has run workshops across the country and will be artist in residence at this years Oxford Storytelling Festival, wandering, drawing and encouraging others to do the same.

www.emmahockleyarts.co.uk

 

  HEATHER JANE   Heather is a fledgling storyteller, lover of tales (and tails), animals, the natural world and magical Otherworlds. One of her key life skills is seeing the animals in people, and the people in animals, and finding both the underbelly and the mischief in life. A wild woman in training; she loves exploring different lands, meeting other humans, crashing about, listening to the beasts, narrating the world around us and laughing.  After a long dalliance with stories, Heather got on with it in earnest in 2017 after working in South Sudan and realising stories are the heart language which can carry the hope of change. She studied at the International School of Storytelling and has performed at a string of festivals with WetheUncivilised, at story nights in Bristol, and recently was commissioned by an artist to create a story for community tree planting events in Exeter.  Her current areas of focus and interest include exploring our murky history and how that influences societies today, exploring connection with nature as a pathway to belonging, and seeking the old feminine wisdom in stories hidden beneath their patriarchal overcoats.

HEATHER JANE

Heather is a fledgling storyteller, lover of tales (and tails), animals, the natural world and magical Otherworlds. One of her key life skills is seeing the animals in people, and the people in animals, and finding both the underbelly and the mischief in life. A wild woman in training; she loves exploring different lands, meeting other humans, crashing about, listening to the beasts, narrating the world around us and laughing.

After a long dalliance with stories, Heather got on with it in earnest in 2017 after working in South Sudan and realising stories are the heart language which can carry the hope of change. She studied at the International School of Storytelling and has performed at a string of festivals with WetheUncivilised, at story nights in Bristol, and recently was commissioned by an artist to create a story for community tree planting events in Exeter.

Her current areas of focus and interest include exploring our murky history and how that influences societies today, exploring connection with nature as a pathway to belonging, and seeking the old feminine wisdom in stories hidden beneath their patriarchal overcoats.

  KERIMA MOHIDEEN   Kerima is a storyteller, teacher and environmental and human rights activist. Part Sri Lankan, and part English, she has made her home in London for the time being. She has worked with schools and NGOs to create materials to raise awareness and stimulate discussion about colonialism, racism, impacts of mining and women`s rights. Her favourite stories are those which bear witness to and honour the courage of those who resist oppression and work to bring about change; stories to raise our spirits and remind us that another world is possible. Kerima trained as a storyteller at the International School of Storytelling where she created “If the trees could speak” under the direction of Roi Gal Or, one of the lead lecturers on their flagship three month storytelling course.  She has performed this a number of times at including alongside speakers on human rights and environmental justice at Amnesty International UK and School of Oriental and African Studies. In her spare time she does a little storytelling with the Brixton Storytellers.     

KERIMA MOHIDEEN

Kerima is a storyteller, teacher and environmental and human rights activist. Part Sri Lankan, and part English, she has made her home in London for the time being. She has worked with schools and NGOs to create materials to raise awareness and stimulate discussion about colonialism, racism, impacts of mining and women`s rights. Her favourite stories are those which bear witness to and honour the courage of those who resist oppression and work to bring about change; stories to raise our spirits and remind us that another world is possible.
Kerima trained as a storyteller at the International School of Storytelling where she created “If the trees could speak” under the direction of Roi Gal Or, one of the lead lecturers on their flagship three month storytelling course.  She has performed this a number of times at including alongside speakers on human rights and environmental justice at Amnesty International UK and School of Oriental and African Studies. In her spare time she does a little storytelling with the Brixton Storytellers.  

 

  SARA LIISA WILKINSON   Sarah Liisa Wilkinson is an English-Finnish storyteller, who delights audiences with her always engaging, energetic and playful performance style. She has a particular interest in the folktales and myths of Finland and other northern lands, but loves to tell tales from all around the world. She has trained as a performer with Philippe Gaulier, and as a storyteller with Nell Phoenix and Ben Haggarty. She has told stories to audiences in clubs, pubs, festivals, churches, front rooms and all-night sleepovers. She is a regular performer with the Embers Collective, a storytelling and music group in London.   ‘Sarah Liisa is one of the most exciting new storytellers on the scene. She has an extraordinary ability to craft language, using imagery, rhythm and rhyme to conjure vivid landscapes and compelling characters.’ Cathleen McCarron, Royal Shakespeare Company   ‘A captivating, thoughtful and skilful teller who is going from strength to strength.’ Alys Torrance, Story Jam

SARA LIISA WILKINSON

Sarah Liisa Wilkinson is an English-Finnish storyteller, who delights audiences with her always engaging, energetic and playful performance style. She has a particular interest in the folktales and myths of Finland and other northern lands, but loves to tell tales from all around the world. She has trained as a performer with Philippe Gaulier, and as a storyteller with Nell Phoenix and Ben Haggarty. She has told stories to audiences in clubs, pubs, festivals, churches, front rooms and all-night sleepovers. She is a regular performer with the Embers Collective, a storytelling and music group in London.
 
‘Sarah Liisa is one of the most exciting new storytellers on the scene. She has an extraordinary ability to craft language, using imagery, rhythm and rhyme to conjure vivid landscapes and compelling characters.’ Cathleen McCarron, Royal Shakespeare Company
 
‘A captivating, thoughtful and skilful teller who is going from strength to strength.’ Alys Torrance, Story Jam

  ADELE MOSS   Adele Moss has pursued her passion for storytelling in many settings over the last 20 years. Her work in children's hospitals, supported by the charity Read for Good, has taken her storytelling to quite a different place, as stories that are infinitely transformable grow out of her encounters with extraordinary children.  Although her range of material is broad and multicultural, she has grown up constantly engaged in the Jewish tradition of text, commentary, legend and folklore, which she frequently visits with a contemporary and personal vision.  She has an interfaith storytelling partnership with Muslim performer, Jumana Moon. They have crafted shows from their encounter with their different religious  source material and their dialogue with each other. They have performed Woven Threads and Torn Fabric, based on the story of Joseph, at several venues, including St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace in London and recently at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. 

ADELE MOSS

Adele Moss has pursued her passion for storytelling in many settings over the last 20 years. Her work in children's hospitals, supported by the charity Read for Good, has taken her storytelling to quite a different place, as stories that are infinitely transformable grow out of her encounters with extraordinary children.

Although her range of material is broad and multicultural, she has grown up constantly engaged in the Jewish tradition of text, commentary, legend and folklore, which she frequently visits with a contemporary and personal vision.

She has an interfaith storytelling partnership with Muslim performer, Jumana Moon. They have crafted shows from their encounter with their different religious  source material and their dialogue with each other. They have performed Woven Threads and Torn Fabric, based on the story of Joseph, at several venues, including St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace in London and recently at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. 

  MICHAEL DACRE   Michael Dacre is well known as one of Britain’s most articulate, witty and lively storytellers; entertaining, thoughtful and uncompromising.   He has been at various times a graduate in English, a second-hand bookseller, an oral historian and playwright. He was storyteller in residence at Beaford Arts Centre, has been telling full time since 1988, and has won the dubious Hodja Cup for Lying.   His book of  Devonshire Folktales  published in 2010 reflects his love of rural Devon where he and his wife Wendy have lived since 1977.  www.raventales.co.uk

MICHAEL DACRE

Michael Dacre is well known as one of Britain’s most articulate, witty and lively storytellers; entertaining, thoughtful and uncompromising. 

He has been at various times a graduate in English, a second-hand bookseller, an oral historian and playwright.
He was storyteller in residence at Beaford Arts Centre, has been telling full time since 1988, and has won the dubious Hodja Cup for Lying. 

His book of Devonshire Folktales published in 2010 reflects his love of rural Devon where he and his wife Wendy have lived since 1977.

www.raventales.co.uk

  JACKIE SINGER   Jackie Singer has always had one foot in the world of the arts and one foot in the world of healing.  Her storytelling reaches into the space where transformation can occur, as much as her healing engages the imagination through story.  Storytelling shows for adults include Marigolds and Ashes, a two-woman piece with Liz Rothschild, conceived as part of the Kicking the Bucket Festival of Living and Dying.  Jackie also performs with the contemporary folk band Kismet, described by Oxford Folk Festival director as ‘Balm for the Soul’.  Over a period of twenty years, Jackie has performed as a storyteller and musician at venues from Buddhafield Festival to the University of Oxford.  She makes regular appearances at The Story Museum.  Her personal passion is to tell the stories that bring alive the land, the cycle of seasons, and the forgotten wisdom of the Sacred Feminine.      www.jackiesinger.co.uk

JACKIE SINGER

Jackie Singer has always had one foot in the world of the arts and one foot in the world of healing.  Her storytelling reaches into the space where transformation can occur, as much as her healing engages the imagination through story. 
Storytelling shows for adults include Marigolds and Ashes, a two-woman piece with Liz Rothschild, conceived as part of the Kicking the Bucket Festival of Living and Dying.  Jackie also performs with the contemporary folk band Kismet, described by Oxford Folk Festival director as ‘Balm for the Soul’. 
Over a period of twenty years, Jackie has performed as a storyteller and musician at venues from Buddhafield Festival to the University of Oxford.  She makes regular appearances at The Story Museum.  Her personal passion is to tell the stories that bring alive the land, the cycle of seasons, and the forgotten wisdom of the Sacred Feminine. 


 www.jackiesinger.co.uk