Our Storytellers

Our team of professional storytellers are an amazing bunch. Working across 30 hospitals in the UK, they bring the power of stories to young patients and their families. They spend time with children letting imaginations run wild, bringing laughter into places where a little distraction goes a long way.

 

Adele Moss

Adele Moss

Adele has pursued her passion for storytelling in a wide variety of settings since 1996. She encourages active and lively participation from her audiences, frequently using movement and song. Although her range of material is wide and multicultural, she often draws on the Jewish tradition from which she comes, revisiting ancient stories with a contemporary and personal vision. She  uses storytelling to evoke reminiscence with older people and has created and facilitated many inter-generational projects. 

 

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Amanda Smith

Amanda Smith

Amanda is a professional storyteller based in Nottingham. She performs at clubs, festivals, arts venues and with community groups especially for older people, young children and people with mental health challenges. She has recently worked with Nottingham University taking storytelling to KS1 children and their parents across the city, as well as for local mining heritage organisations.

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Fiona Collins

Fiona Collins

Fiona has been a professional storyteller for over 20 years. She tells traditional tales from around the world, with a special interest in stories of strong women and girls and in tales from Wales. She is passionate about empowering and supporting young people through stories.

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Gerry Durkin

Gerry Durkin

Gerry is a storyteller who has been working as a freelance professional since 2002. He tells stories from many traditions and cultures and brings humour and music into this mix. He is Bookstart Music Champion for South Lanarkshire and the Storyteller in Residence for the National Museums of Scotland.

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Graham Langley

Graham Langley

Described by The Times as “a storyteller for the 21st century,” Graham is a storyteller with an international reputation – often taking his unique “Brummie” style to tell abroad.  Recipient of the Trailblazer Award by the British Awards For Storytelling Excellence, he is the leader and trainer of a network of storytellers. In 2004, he founded the Young Storyteller of the Year competition and he also led the acclaimed storytelling anti-bullying project in schools, “Talking Sense.” Graham has worked in the arts and education all of his life.

 

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Helen Appleton

Helen Appleton

Helen is a professional storyteller with a history of working creatively in the outdoors. She provides a range of storytelling experiences for a variety of user groups, encompassing all ages. These services can take the form of performances, activity sessions, workshops and training. Popular sessions include storytelling in schools, performance and community-based storytelling, as well as environmental activity and discovery.

 

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Jennifer Lunn

Jennifer Lunn

As founder and artistic director of the Culturcated Theatre Company, Jennifer produces and curates  a wide range of creative projects. Story forms the foundation of all her practice; she works extensively with people of all ages to inspire both a passion for stories and develop storytelling skills. For several years, Jen  has worked in close partnership with London-based Evelina Children’s Hospital on a story gathering project. Collecting more than 100 stories told by children in the hospital, these have then been performed by professional actors, recorded as podcasts and made into physical and digital books.

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Michael Loader

Michael Loader

Michael is director and founder of Somerset Storyfest and resident storyteller at St George’s in Bristol. He’s worked in education and the arts for over 25 years. He brings humour to settings from schools, theatres and festivals to corporations and prisons, Michael works with the young, old and in-between to welcome the spirit of play. 

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Mike O’Leary

Mike O’Leary

Mike has been a professional storyteller since 1995. He’s worked in all sorts of settings from schools to care homes and been storyteller in residence at Treloar College for the physically disabled, St. John’s Primary School, Gosport, and Ashley Infant School, New Milton. He has also been attached to various organisations such as POD (performers in hospitals) and Kids VIP (storytelling for prisoners and prisoners’ children).

 

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Steve Lally

Steve Lally

Steve has worked as an artist and storyteller throughout Ireland for over 15 years. He writes his own material along with telling folk tales from Ireland and around the world, recitations, myths, legends, story songs, participation stories and arts-based workshops.  Steve has also written and illustrated two books of folk tales.

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Wilf Merttens

Wilf Merttens

Wilf is a writer and performer. He has won many awards for his spoken word work including Young Storyteller of the Year and Bristol Slam Champion. Wilf regularly performs at folk-clubs up and down the country and has toured with his rendition of Prometheus.  He is part of the team that runs the spoken word area at several festivals (including Shambala, BoomTown and Secret Garden) and has run workshops for the Royal College of Art, the University of London, and Dartmoor Arts, as well as with countless schools and libraries.

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“He was genuinely first-class: a five-star storyteller. He seemed to have all the time in the world for us and for Daisy.”

Mum of Daisy aged 7