Most of my events in the physical world have been either cancelled or postponed – but I am still hosting and performing in lots of events online!

Regular Events:

taking the tradition on logoTaking The Tradition On…  Over lockdown I have been hosting a storytelling talk show – this series the theme is ‘Storytellers and the lands they live and walk. Come live on Zoom 8pm first Tuesday of the month, or catch up with past episodes on my YouTube channel, Taking The Tradition On

Screenshot 2020-04-21 at 15.50.15Get A Word In Online – Second Thursday of the month Get A Word In Edgeways Spoken Word Festival has asked me to host a regular monthly spoken word concert.  Join us for an evening of poetry, storytelling, author readings, collaborations and a celebration of the spoken word.  These are live events – just like going out to a concert, you will need to get your drinks ready, log in and get comfortable for the start of the concert – we won’t wait for you – and you won’t be able to watch later!  You will be able to join in on the chat – and please do applaud our guests and tell them what you think!

BLAST! Beautiful Lies and Startling Truths Performing Storytelling Club – Second Friday every month  Incredible storytellers from all over the world  in the comfort of your own home.  Bring your own drinks and cake and put your feet up for an evening of wonder.  Doors open at 7.45pm for an 8.00pm start.  Tickets are £5.50 from WeGotTickets. FB: BLAST! Beautiful Lies and Startling Truths  

Upcoming Events:

Sunday 28th March, 6pm – MoonShine Stories: Tales for the Full of the Moon – Jack Tales – with Amy Douglas, Elizabeth Ellis and Cooper Braun This is a cooperative, ticketed venture ($22.50 or what you can)

Thursday 8th April – Get A Word In Edgeways Fantastic spoken word concert with Matt Windle, Brenda Read Brown, a collaboration between Vergine Gulbenkian and Kate Gold, and Cath’s Cupboard of Customs –

Friday 9th April, 8pm – BLAST! presents Tanya Batt with New Voice Laura Sampson  Tanya Batt is a self confessed story-o-phile and frock-o-holic whose home is on Waiheke Island, Aotearoa, New Zealand. She is a green fingered witch, a word warbler and story stitcher.  Our New Voice is Laura Sampson – a word-addict who studied English & Old Norse and can’t resist portals, talking horses, and crafty old ladies.

Tuesday 13th April, 8pm – Taking The Tradition On with Hirini Reedy –I am returning to New Zealand to Take The Tradition On with Hirini Reedy – a Maori healer who uses bush and environment to teach nature inspired wisdom. He uses story as a path into the forest within, the river, the earth so that we be the voice of the forest, the river the Earth herself.  Join us for an hour’s conversation about how Hirini views his land, where his stories come from and their importance for healing.  Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Tuesday 4th May, 8pm – Taking The Tradition On with ?:  

Thursday 13th May, 8pm – Get A Word In Online Spoken Word Concert 

Friday 14th May, 8pm – BLAST! presents ‘The Hero Light’ with Dominic Kelly The Hero Light retells the extraordinary tales of the Ulster Cycle – the ‘Irish Iliad’.  Centered on legendary hero Cú Chulainn, the Hound, it weaves together stories of loyalty, love and betrayal that are still startlingly relevant today.  Dominic’s dynamic, compelling storytelling style has captivated audiences in fifteen countries on three continents.  Our new voice for the evening is Mark Borthwick.

Tuesday 1st June, 8pm – Taking The Tradition On with ?

Wednesday 16th June – Birmingham Storytelling Cafe

2-4 July 2021, Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival, Dinefwr Park, Carmarthenshire, (in person event, fingers crossed!) 

Saturday 10th July 2021 – Bishops Castle Summer Festival  An in-person gig! lunchtime stories with Amy Douglas, Helen East and Rick Wilson and Sal Tonge

9-11 July 2021, Get a Word in Edgeways Festival, Much Wenlock I’ll be discussing and performing work arising from my current Arts Council England bid, digitising reel-to-reels recordings of Duncan Williamson.  I’ll be in conversation with David Campbell, talking about our friendships with and stories and ballads from the Scottish Traveller Tradition. (in person event, fingers crossed!) 

Monday 1st November 2021, Wild About Story Book Club – I’ll be talking to Tim Ralphs about ‘The Weirdstone of Brisingamen’ by Alan Garner,

12th-20th February 2022, Marrakech International Storytelling Festival

What a wonderful thing to look forward to! I’ll be telling live, but we’re also beginning to have conversations about a GAWIE special online concert from Marrakech, podcast etc… It’s going to be a marvellous festival and will be supporting lots of artists, riads etc that have been hard hit by the pandemic, as well as the education programme the World Storytelling Cafe supports. If you can, why not join us in Marrakech and book in now to one of the many beautiful historic riads that are supporting the festival.