ALICE MORISSON

Alice Morrison is an adventurer, TV presenter and author, currently based in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco. She is an established journalist and speaker but her foray into the World Storytelling Café will be her first attempt at “telling” and she says she is a bit nervous.

A Scot, her earliest years were spent in Africa and then the Middle East and she studied  Arabic and Turkish at university. She got her first job in journalism in Dubai at the age of 17 for “What’s On in Dubai” magazine and went on to a career at the BBC in national and international TV news followed by a move into the creative industries. So far, so  normal!

Then, in mid-life she changed course. Her big adventures began when she cycled 12,000 km from Cairo to Cape Town on the Tour D’Afrique, the longest bike race on earth, coming 3rd woman. She swapped the rat race for a bike race and has not looked back.

In 2014 she moved to Morocco to run the infamous Marathon des Sables and liked it so much she stayed. You may know her from her BBC2 series Morocco to Timbuktu: An Arabian Adventure, when she followed the ancient salt routes to the fabled city.

She is currently on a mission to walk the whole of Morocco and her first leg took her the length of the Draa River becoming the first woman to walk  its 1,500 kms accompanied by 3 Amazigh guides and 5 camels. She investigated the effects of climate change on the peoples and environment of the south, discovered a lost city, and learned how to tar a camel’s bottom. Stage 2 was walking across the Sahara from Oued Chbika to Guerguerat; an expedition that she describes as “Tough, very tough. A lot harder than I thought.” Stage 3 will be from Nador to Ourzazate — inchallah!

Her latest book, My Adventures in Morocco, with Simon and Schuster is out in paperback and on ebook. She is also the author of Dodging Elephants and Morocco to Timbuktu.

She is a total Morocco-phile and says, “I am greedy, most people fall in love with one person, I fell in love with a whole country.” When not out and about having adventures, she likes to lie on her couch with Squeaky the Cat, reading, watching TV and films and contemplating her navel.

Alice featured in our Story Circle on 6 April with “Stories from Morocco”

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

RIIKKA PALONEN

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

Tuup

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

Olusola Adebiyi

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

GRACIELA VERÓNICA

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

Emily Hanna-Grazebrook

Magical, heartbreaking, hilarious!

JOTA VILLAZA

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