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.
Much loved curator of our Story Circle. Perfoms each Sunday
Iconic figure in British Storytelling
Passionate for the hidden layers of the British landscape and related stories
A teller with passion and relish.
Renowned North American storyteller
Legendary teller, Chair of the Society for Storytelling
Renowned teller from the Yiddish oral tradition
Travelling teller from Colombia. aka Achira
Teller of irreverent tales from many lands
Member of the Cherokee Nation, and legendary teller
Fun, inviting and light hearted, with a unique ability to connect
Veteran of festivals and outdoor performances
Continuing a thousand year old Moroccan tradition,
Passionate about Moroccan storytelling.
Alice Morrison is an adventurer and confirmed Morocco-phile
A magical teller who will transport you to another place
Irish teller with a Global reputation. Awarded an MBE in 2019
Our Texan teller from the borders with Louisiana
Magical stories & harp from Switzerland
Florida based teller and educator
A barefoot forest girl from Finland
Fantastic Canadian teller, with a varied repertoire
Inspired by folk and fairy tales around an open fire
Storyteller, Poet, Percussionist and Lyricist
Magical tales from the deserts, mountains and forests
A dynamic performer known for his dry humour.
Scottish Stories from a rising star
Magical tales, and a very special guest star.
An animated style of telling that sucks you in
Stories of heroes, the fairies, ghosts, witches, death and love
Giles is in huge demand as both a writer and performer.
A passionate, energetic and inventive storyteller who delights in connecting playfully
A children's teller who rejoices in the ridiculous
Children of all ages love Clive's lively shows
Traditional tales and stories collected on Sef's extensive travels
Powerfulland versatile teller
traditional tales to take you on a journey of magic and myth.
Strong female protagonists
aka Bards Aloud. Stories comic, and stories quirky
Bringing metaphors and tales alive
Renowned children's teller and educator
"The Story-Lady" From Guanajuato, Mexico
Exploring the connections between oral and visual storytelling
"La Juje", from the province of Jujuy in Argentina
Magical, heartbreaking, hilarious!
The leading traditional folk teller from Colombia
Hold onto your hat as David whisks you away.
Tales of adventurous women
Our Italian master teller
Renowned Irish teller and playwright
Gifted Welsh teller.
storyteller and environmentalist
Storyteller, illustrator and writer.
Tom 'the Tale Teller' Phillips
A legend in the poetry world, curator of our World Poetry Cafe
aka RAPPAMAN, Respect All People.
Best selling poet and musician
An award winning poet, author and musician.
English poet, singer/songwriter and performer
Bilingual poet writing in English and French
Yorkshire born poet, artist, and illustrator
a creative writer and spoken word performer from Barbados
Jumping Jules, poet from Cambridge
Bracknell’s First Poet Laureate
storyteller and writer with a background in herbal medicine
Award winning Singaporean Storyteller
a writer of… poetry for children and adults, short stories, a novel, books of local interest, education resources.
Gloucestershire-based storyteller and writer
US based Beat Poet Laureate
India based storyteller who loves to tell stories about stories, strong women, and political satire.
Award-winning Storyteller from Wales
Storyteller from Essex, UK
Sussex Based Storyteller from Bulgaria
Award Winning Storyteller, performer, promoter and advocate for the past three decades
"London's resident storyteller"
Romanian Storyteller and Actress
English Poet and Performer
Swedish storyteller from The Land of Legends
Storyteller and Poet from the US
Storyteller from Cambridge
West Yorkshire poet
Storyteller, multi-instrumentalist and anthropologist from Estonia
Storyteller from Canada
Storyteller from Romania
Multi-award winning writer, Paro Anand writes for children, young adults and adults
Rob Cloney is a Canadian storyteller who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years.
Storytelling Trainer who has performed/taught in Brazil, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.
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 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.
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 hails from the Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland.
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 is co founder of the Australian Fairy Tale Society
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 has been in the fields of education, communication & performing arts since 1998.
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.