As well as the weekly Nimble Tots work, I’m also available to run workshops and tell stories for museums, galleries, festivals and other organisations! I’m experienced in early years and older family audiences, and have a huge repertoire of both traditional and original stories (one day I will list my current repertoire here online!). I love nothing better than getting my teeth into a special commission, so do get in touch by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have an idea for a project or collaboration. Some examples of recent projects have included:
June 2017: ‘Dragonfly Detectives’ Commission for London Wildlife Trust
Devised and performed stories inspired by dragonflies for mixed age family audience at Woodberry Wetlands open day. I told the story of the world’s first dragonfly, and devised my own tale of dragonflies helping a lost princess through the jungle, all based on research about the lifespan of a dragonfly (I’m quite the dragonfly geek now!)
March 2017: ‘Women of the World’ Conference – ‘Pram Jam’ at the Southbank Centre
Devised and performed a storytelling and music session as part of the WOW conference at the Southbank Centre, telling children’s musical fairy stories with a feminist inspiration. I’m particularly committed to stories with strong female characters, so was delighted to get this commission!
February 2017: Storytelling and Music Residency for Imagine Children’s Festival, Southbank Centre
To an audience of c. 100 children and their families every day, I led a series of storytelling and music sessions in the Clore Ballroom as part of the Centre’s Imagine Festival programming. These were free, open-access sessions, including a session specially for families from local Children Centres, with the rest of the sessions as open access workshops. I was responsible for devising and delivering content, where each day was structured around a different story, including a mixture of original and popular songs, music and stories, utilizing props and puppets to support and engage the audience.
February 2016 – present Storyteller for the Royal Albert Hall’s early years programme
I present regular story and music sessions to groups of 25 children and their parents and carers at the Royal Albert Hall. I plan my sessions linking in to the specific history, programming and geographical surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall, so enjoy the history link of these sessions!
August 2014 – present Storyteller and workshop leader for the Horniman Museum’s Early Years, Family and Community teams. Projects with the Horniman have included an EY project linked to their special exhibition of Bernie Krause’s ecological soundscapes, consisting of 5 sessions each linked to the different natural landscapes explored by Krause, plus regular ongoing Busy Bees and ‘World of Stories’ work.
Within London – fees cover all planning and travel within London – expenses will be more on venues outside of London:
- Half Day (up to three hours) – £180
- Full Day (up to six hours) – £250
Special rates apply for ongoing or longer term work, and if you have a very exciting project, but a limited budget, do still get in touch!