john row

Our curator of storytelling John Row, is a veteran of the U.K. festival scene and a familiar figure at Glastonbury Festival Kidz Field and Cambridge Folk Festival, where he has been performing for nearly thirty years.

He cut his teeth as a stage performer at the Ipswich Arts Theatre on free Monday night shows where his late wife Rose, was a theatre electrician and with Nick Toczeck in the poetry and music review Stereo Graffiti in the 70’s and as an open air performer in the East Anglian  Albion Fairs in the 80’s. He added storytelling to his bow as the eighties drew to a close and was immediately drawn into a world of magic and wonder. He has shared that world in a mish mash of settings from prisons ( he was the first storyteller in residence in a British prison) to international schools across the world. His annual visits to Vienna in the first  decade of this century saw him tell stories to thousands of Kindergarten children as they struggled to come to grips with English as an additional language. A crowd at the Algiers Book Fair listened, enthralled, to him speaking in what was for some their fourth language and he has become a favourite in the schools near Colibita in Transylvania where he has a house he uses as a writing retreat
He has told stories from Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei in the east to Lapland in the north, Shajah in the middle east, Texas, North Africa and across Europe.

Recently he has been collecting stories in Romania, leading an oral storytelling project in prisons, performing in schools and pootling from festival to festival.
Now isolated like many across the world as this virus spreads he is travelling the virtual highway of the world wide web to keep on sharing stories and as always encouraging others to do the same.

Check out his book of traditional tales from around the globe ‘Out of The Hat’.


Connecting the world with John, Monday 25 May!


Connecting the world with John, Monday 18 May!


Live performance on 10 May 2020:


John’s previous performances from the Story Circle









If you enjoy John’s work, feel free to make a donation, everything you pop into his hat below goes direct to John

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