Juliana has always loved stories, but she never knew you could be a storyteller until she discovered Vivapalabra School for Storytelling and Oral Narration, which magically happened to be in her home city of Medellín. Instantly she joined, regretting having wasted 5 years of college on something else, but delighted to finally have found her calling.
After graduating in 2015, however, she realized that every country has its own completely different idea and style of storytelling, and there was so much more to learn. So she packed her bag (La Guerrerita), made a flag that announced “Travelling Storyteller from Colombia”, and took off around the world. In the first month of her travels someone (die, maggot!) stole all the money she’d saved for the trip, but she kept going, paying her way by telling stories in parks, cafes and theaters, and passing the hat.
Along the way she became Achira Stories, and was invited to tell at the 15th International Storytelling Festival of Greece, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a forbidden festival organized by rebellious university students in a country where art is illegal.
The Road taught her to seek the right story for the right person at the right time, because stories, like seeds, will grow. And the good ones can heal the earth.
Sadly, when she returned to Colombia three years ago, the stories stopped speaking to her, and she hasn’t really told since. But a great storyteller she met on her journey taught her, “It is our responsibility as tellers to hold the stories for when someone asks.”
And now that the world is standing still, people are asking for stories. And so Achira is starting to tell. Thank you for listening.
Live Performance from Juliana Marin, in the Cafe
If you are enjoying this story, feel free to make a donation, everything you pop into the hat below goes directly to Juliana:
Juliana’s debut performance was Wednesday 1st at 19.00 GMT in the story circle:
Please support Juliana as generously as you can afford to via the virtual hat below. What may be a relatively affordable sum to you will make a big difference to her in Colombia.
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 .