Born in the exceptional circumstances created by the COVID 19, World Storytelling Cafe is brought to you by the team from Marrakech Riad. Under normal circumstances we operate five lovely boutique hotels.   On Sunday 15th of March Morocco quite rightly closed its borders as it started to intensively fight the pandemic.

We needed to keep our team together with a positive focus, and we wanted to try to make a meaningful contribution in these difficult times that would reach as far as possible.  Our Storytelling Cafe in Marrakech was already under construction.

During the week that followed, in parallel with supporting the repatriation of guests to three continents and the preparation of our business for COVID 19 lockdown, we seized the opportunity to create an online embodiment of our vision for the intended venue and this site is the result.

Our IT team have provided the platform. Our reservations team will act as moderators of forums and support buddies for tellers.  Our Marrakech team will bring you some of North Africas legendary tellers providing translation where appropriate. We set ourselves high standards and collectively we will attempt to curate this programme with the love and care that we do our hotels.

When the technology is tested and proven our Marketing and PR team will promote World Storytelling Cafe to a global audience with the same dynamism that led the BBC, the New York Times and Conde Nast Traveller to showcase our hospitality, and Gordon Ramsay to choose our cookery school to prepare his 2019 Xmas lunch.


We are hugely grateful to our tellers, led by our dear friend and former guest John Row.

These stories are widely available for all to view, then we “pass-the-hat” in time honoured fashion so that those who can afford to have an opportunity to show their appreciation.  100% of monies popped in your hat go to you, in fact they can go directly into your PayPal or you gofundme account if you have one.


We are hugely excited at the programme of storytellers who have committed to perform in the coming weeks. They offer an opportunity to reconnect with our oral heritage. We hope they will both educate and entertain you, bringing positivity, joy and laughter at a difficult time, possibly the defining moment for our generation.

All are welcome at the World Storytelling Cafe and we do not charge admission. However, if you can afford it, please give generously to support our tellers. These are not the easiest times for performing artists with venues and festivals closed at short notice.


We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback so please get in touch.

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    Our Festival Performers

    "Now that the world is standing still, people are asking for stories" Achira.

    John Row

    Much loved curator of our Story Circle. Perfoms each Sunday

    Taffy Thomas

    Iconic figure in British Storytelling

    Hugh Lupton

    Passionate for the hidden layers of the British landscape and related stories

    Daniel Morden

    A teller with passion and relish.

    Kim Weitkamp

    Renowned North American storyteller

    Paul Jackson

    Legendary teller, Chair of the Society for Storytelling

    Shonaleigh Cumbers

    Renowned teller from the Yiddish oral tradition

    Juliana Marin Fryling

    Travelling teller from Colombia. aka Achira

    Dave Tonge

    Teller of irreverent tales from many lands

    Gayle Ross

    Member of the Cherokee Nation, and legendary teller

    Ian Douglas

    Fun, inviting and light hearted, with a unique ability to connect

    Gary Bridgens

    Veteran of festivals and outdoor performances

    Cafe Clock Tellers

    Continuing a thousand year old Moroccan tradition,

    Richard Hamilton

    Passionate about Moroccan storytelling.

    Alice morrison

    Alice Morrison is an adventurer and confirmed Morocco-phile

    Maria Whatton

    A magical teller who will transport you to another place

    Liz Weir

    Irish teller with a Global reputation. Awarded an MBE in 2019

    Trudy Terry

    Our Texan teller from the borders with Louisiana

    isabelle Hauser

    Magical stories & harp from Switzerland

    Debra Weller

    Florida based teller and educator


    A barefoot forest girl from Finland

    Sharon Carr

    Fantastic Canadian teller, with a varied repertoire

    Shane Ibbs

    Inspired by folk and fairy tales around an open fire


    Storyteller, Poet, Percussionist and Lyricist

    Mike Dodsworth

    Magical tales from the deserts, mountains and forests

    Baden Prince

    A dynamic performer known for his dry humour.

    Pauline Cordiner

    Scottish Stories from a rising star

    Su Squire

    Magical tales, and a very special guest star.

    Veronica Chambers

    An animated style of telling that sucks you in

    Eamonn Keenan

    Stories of heroes, the fairies, ghosts, witches, death and love

    Giles Abbott

    Giles is in huge demand as both a writer and performer.

    Justine de Mierre

    A passionate, energetic and inventive storyteller who delights in connecting playfully

    Janina Vigurs

    A children's teller who rejoices in the ridiculous

    Clive Pig

    Children of all ages love Clive's lively shows

    Sef Townsend

    Traditional tales and stories collected on Sef's extensive travels

    Hannah Brailsford

    Powerfulland versatile teller

    Maria Credali

    traditional tales to take you on a journey of magic and myth.

    Suzanne Arnold

    Strong female protagonists

    Gerry Donlon

    aka Bards Aloud. Stories comic, and stories quirky

    Sola Story

    Bringing metaphors and tales alive

    Chip Colquhoun

    Renowned children's teller and educator

    Laura Casillas

    "The Story-Lady" From Guanajuato, Mexico

    Gary Cordingly

    Exploring the connections between oral and visual storytelling


    "La Juje", from the province of Jujuy in Argentina

    Emily Hanna-Grazebrook

    Magical, heartbreaking, hilarious!


    The leading traditional folk teller from Colombia

    David Thompson

    Hold onto your hat as David whisks you away.

    Sarah Lloyd-Winder

    Tales of adventurous women

    Lorenzo Caviglia

    Our Italian master teller

    Órla Mc Govern

    Renowned Irish teller and playwright

    Cath Little

    Gifted Welsh teller.

    Lisa Schneidau

    storyteller and environmentalist

    Mark Fraser

    Storyteller, illustrator and writer.

    Tom Phillips

    Tom 'the Tale Teller' Phillips

    Nick Toczek

    A legend in the poetry world, curator of our World Poetry Cafe

    Donavan Christopher

    aka RAPPAMAN, Respect All People.

    Paul Cookson

    Best selling poet and musician

    Roger Stevens

    An award winning poet, author and musician.

    Ian Whiteley

    English poet, singer/songwriter and performer

    Alexander Dickow

    Bilingual poet writing in English and French

    Sue Hardy-Dawson

    Yorkshire born poet, artist, and illustrator

    Philip Nanton

    a creative writer and spoken word performer from Barbados

    Julie Stevens

    Jumping Jules, poet from Cambridge

    Clare Bevan

    Bracknell’s First Poet Laureate

    Amanda Edmiston

    storyteller and writer with a background in herbal medicine

    Roger Jenkins

    Award winning Singaporean Storyteller

    Trevor Millum

    a writer of… poetry for children and adults, short stories, a novel, books of local interest, education resources.

    Kirsty Hartsiotis

    Gloucestershire-based storyteller and writer

    Paul Richmond

    US based Beat Poet Laureate

    Deeptha Vivenkanand

    India based storyteller who loves to tell stories about stories, strong women, and political satire.

    Tamar Eluned Williams

    Award-winning Storyteller from Wales

    Carl Merry

    Storyteller from Essex, UK

    Nana Tomova

    Sussex Based Storyteller from Bulgaria

    Amy Douglas

    Award Winning Storyteller, performer, promoter and advocate for the past three decades

    Vanessa Woolf

    "London's resident storyteller"

    Giorgiana Elena Popan

    Romanian Storyteller and Actress

    Chris Warren

    English Poet and Performer

    Ellen Sjömålen

    Swedish storyteller from The Land of Legends

    Jay Leeming

    Storyteller and Poet from the US

    Marion Leeper

    Storyteller from Cambridge

    David Driver

    West Yorkshire poet

    Polina Tšerkassova

    Storyteller, multi-instrumentalist and anthropologist from Estonia

    Norman Perrin

    Storyteller from Canada

    Adriana Ene

    Storyteller from Romania

    Paro Anand

    Multi-award winning writer, Paro Anand writes for children, young adults and adults

    Rob Cloney

    Rob Cloney is a Canadian storyteller who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years.

    Fabio Lisboa

    Storytelling Trainer who has performed/taught in Brazil, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

    Bob Kanegis

    A fortunate day spent on the trail with a park ranger who combined, poetry, puppets and folktales showed Bob the possibilities of the Storyteller's Way.

    Irene Lofthouse

    Irene uses words to inspire all ages, regularly appearing at arts/literature festivals and children's events; she's regularly booked by schools, museums, libraries, theatres, community groups, NHS, charities and more to facilitate bespoke sessions.

    Maria Papanikolaou

    The last 10 years I combine storytelling with educational programs for children, in Museums, Cultural Centers, Schools, Art places, etc. I love working with children. I have also published two books, a Greek Myth and a tale of my own.

    Colin Urwin

    Colin Urwin hails from the Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland.

    Raine Geoghegan

    Raine Geoghegan, MA, poet and prose writer of Romany, Irish and Welsh descent will share tales of the English Gypsies, Romanichals through poetry, monologue and song.

    Jo Henwood

    Jo is co founder of the Australian Fairy Tale Society

    Antonio Rocha

    Antonio has received several awards and grants, including the once in a lifetime Circle of Excellence Award. This award was presented to him in 2015 by the National Storytelling Network for his exceptional commitment and exemplary contributions to the art of storytelling.

    Deepa Kiran

    Deepa has been in the fields of education, communication & performing arts since 1998.

    Dawn Ellis

    Dawn’s parents calmed her down with Grimm stories at bedtime and they stayed with her. She has been performing, one way and another, ever since.

    Jan Williams

    Her most popular books are An amazing storytelling cat and Essex folk stories for children.

    Csenge Virág Zalka

    She published several folktale collections, including Tales of Superhuman Powers: 55 traditional stories from around the world (McFarland, 2013), and Dancing on Blades: Rare and exquisite folktales from the Carpathian Mountains (Parkhurst Brothers, 2018)

    Zouhair Khaznaoui

    Zouhair has been sharing the magic of Hikayat since 2017 in the Clock Storytelling programme.

    Theresa Kelleher

    Theresa was born within the sound of Bow Bells to Irish parents. Out on the streets she was known as the ‘little Irish girl’, at home admonished for her cockney accent.

    David Heathfield

    He runs Creative and Engaging Storytelling for Teachers courses onlinehttps://davidheathfieldblog.wordpress.com/teacher-training/ and has worked online as a storyteller and storytelling teacher trainer internationally with the British Council, IATEFL and the Hands Up Project .