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
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