Gayle Ross is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation and a direct descendant of John Ross, Principal Chief of the Cherokee during the infamous “Trail of Tears”. Her grandmother told stories and it is from this rich Native American heritage that Gayle’s storytelling springs. During the past twenty-five years, Gayle has become one of the best-loved and most respected storytellers to emerge from the current surge of interest in this timeless art form.
Gayle has appeared at almost every major storytelling and folk festival in the United States and Canada, as well as theaters and performance arts halls through out the U.S. and Europe, often appearing with some of today’s finest Native American musicians and dancers. She is in great demand as a lecture artist on college campuses and as a keynote speaker at education and humanities conferences. Most importantly, she continues to mesmerize children at countless schools and libraries across the country. Whether she is provoking laughter with a Trickster tale or moving her listeners to tears with a haunting myth, Gayle is truly a master of the age-old craft of storytelling. The prestigious National Council of Traditional Arts has included Gayle in two of their touring shows, “The Master Storyteller’s Tour” and the all Indian show, “From the Plains to the Pueblos”. Internationally acclaimed musician and composer Peter Buffet featured Gayle and her stories in his epic stage performance “500 Nations”, based on the CBS mini-series produced by Kevin Costner. Gayle also produced and directed an all-Native show entitled “Full Circle”, which featured the Grammy award-winning Mohegan musician Bill Miller, as well as the singing and dancing of Rob Greyhill, Jennifer Meness and the Great American Indian Dance Theater.
Gayle was invited by then Vice President Al Gore to perform at a gala at his residence entitled “A Taste of Tennessee” and she was chosen by the Clinton White House as the only Native American speaker at the giant “Millenium on the Mall” celebration in Washington D.C. First Lady Laura Bush selected Gayle to perform at the National Book Festival’s opening gala where she shared the stage with such luminaries as CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer and stage and screen star, Julie Andrews. Gayle’s stories have opened evenings for such distinguished speakers as Maya Angelou, N. Scott Momaday and Alice Walker and she has appeared with such noted Native American artists as Rita Coolidge, Wes Studi, Kevin Locke and John Trudell.
As the author of five critically acclaimed children’s books, Gayle has been asked to speak at the American Library Association, the International Reading Association and the International Board of Books for Young People. She was recently featured in the ground-breaking American Experience series “We Shall Remain” in the “The Trail of Tears” episode. Her stories have been heard on National Public Radio on such programs as “Living on the Earth” and “Mountain Stages”. From the kindergarten classroom to the college campus to the Kennedy Center, Gayle stories have enthralled audiences of all ages.
Her debut performance for the world storytelling cafe on 25 April 2020
If you are enjoying this story, feel free to make a donation, everything you pop into the hat below goes directly to Gayle:
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.
Her most popular books are An amazing storytelling cat and Essex folk stories for children.
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 has been sharing the magic of Hikayat since 2017 in the Clock Storytelling programme.
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.
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 .