I fell in love with stories and storytelling in the 1990s when I ‘accidentally’ went to a performance of traditional stories at a management conference. In the years that followed I trained at the School of Storytelling, Emerson College and forged a new career taking storytelling into organisations and performing at Village Halls, Clubs and Festivals.
I tell a wide range of stories from around the world and have a special affection for wonder tales – where the human and the more-than-human worlds meet. I generally tell for adult and family audiences and enjoy running workshops and teaching storytelling. I was a guest performer at the Toronto International Storytelling Festival in 2010 (where these pictures were taken). In 2012, I performed at the Oxford Museum of Storytelling and at the Frome and Thornbury Literary Festivals.
My signature performance of the The Storyteller’s Tale based on the Indian novella by Omair Ahmad has been received with great acclaim at venues in UK and Canada (and I am hoping to take the story back to India one day). My book about being and becoming a storyteller and the power of stories to transform and heal our lives Coming Home to Story: Storytelling Beyond Happily Ever After was published by Vala in November 2011.
I am currently working on The Ring of Minos, a story cycle based on Cretan and Minoan archaeology and mythology. These stories formed the basis of my performance with Stella Kassimati at the 2011 Scottish International Storytelling Festival.
I generally perform for adult audiences (frequently for charitable causes) and am always open to offers and suggestions for opportunities and venues. Please contact me if you think you might be interested in arranging a performance.