MISF 22 Program

Festival Program

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*all times are Moroccan Time ( GMT+1)

Saturday 12 Feb

12.00 p.m. Orientation walk at World Storytelling Cafe.

3.00 p.m. Onwards Storytelling at World Storytelling Cafe.

          *  3.00p.m. All tellers to introduce themselves and talk about their work.

           * 5.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. All tellers to tell 10-15 minutes stories


Sunday 13

12.00 a.m. Orientation walk from World Storytelling Cafe.

3.00 p.m. Stories with Baden Prince, Sef Townsend, Gary Cordingley, Mariam Cannan and Hajiba Al-Azzalia at Musee de la Musique

3.00 p.m. – 5.00p.m. Panel discussion: Where is Storytelling where you come from? at World Storytelling Cafe.

5.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Worldwide StoryRound at World Storytelling Cafe.

6.00 p.m. – 8 p.m. Storytelling show at Al Muniya Storytelling School Marrakech


 Monday 14

All day Open mic Henna Cafe

11:00 a.m. Workshop with Sef Townsend at Musee de la Musique

12.00 p.m. Conference ‘Tradition and innovation’ with Amy Douglas, Zouhair Khaznaoui, John Row, at ESAV (Cinema School).

This first conference highlights the importance of tradition in our daily lives and how we can innovate without losing the connection with the past.

12.00 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. Storytellers: Baden Prince, Claire Goodall, Sara Kchirid, Juliana Marin at World Storytelling Cafe

1.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. Maria Gillen, Baba C, Mohamed Koucham at  Cafe Arabe

12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. Education class at Henna Cafe

2.45 p.m. Formal formal opening of the festival by artistic Directors Zouhair Khaznaoui, John Row and President Mike Wood with members of the organising committee of World Storytelling Café – this event takes place at Al Muniya Storytelling School Marrakech

3.15 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Panel discussion ‘Who’s Story?’ Abdessalam Damoussi, Colin Urwin, Riikka Palonen (continuation event Al Muniya Storytelling School Marrakech

We proudly say this story is from this place or that place when we find variations of the same story from around the world.This panel discussion will focus on how we can be proud of what our nations have put in the pot without marginalising other nations. Stories can be powerful and dangerous so how do we avoid promoting jingoism and racism.

3.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Herbal stories. – Herboriste des Amis.

4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Education class at Henna Cafe

5.00 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. ZOOM session: Those who couldn’t make it to Marrakech at World Storytelling Cafe

7.30 p.m. – 9.00 p.m Moroccan storytelling and music at World Storytelling Cafe


Tuesday 15 February

All day Open mic Henna Cafe

12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. Education class at Henna Cafe

4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Education class at Henna Cafe

11.00 a.m – 1.00 p.m. ZOOM session ACEnovation presents tribal storytelling and dance. Projected on the big screen at World Storytelling Cafe

1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Individual sets: Maria Gillen, Clare Goodall and Hakima Mardi at Cafe Arabe

1.30 p.m. – 5.30 p.m. Individual Sets: Norman Perrin, Gary Cordingley, Baba-C and Zouhair Khaznaoui at World Storytelling Cafe

3.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Challenge of Motherhood for Working Artists: Amy Douglas, Sarah Lloyd-Winder, Touria Iqbal and Halima Bousadik at Dar Bellarj

5.00 p.m.  – 8.00 p.m. Individual Sets: Riikka Palonen, Maria Credali, Sef Townsend, Abderrahman and Sara at Al Muniya Storytelling School Marrakech

5.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. Stories with Juliana Marin, Colin Urwin and Habiba Al-Azzalia at Riad Star 

5.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m. Hybrid (ZOOM and live): International Young Tellers from around the world. Live from Henna Cafe

8.00 p.m. Dawn Ellis – Nart stories part 1 at World Storytelling Cafe


Wednesday 16 February

All day Open mic Henna Cafe

12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. Education class at Henna Cafe

12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. Conference: Archetypes or Stereotypes with  Baba-C,  Eamonn Keenon and Mohamed Ait Laamim at Dar Bellarj

12.00 p.m. –  3.00 p.m. Individual sets: Zahra Afsah, Amy Douglas, Juliana Marin and Mariam Cannan at Musee de la Musique

1.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Individual sets: Sarah Lloyd Winder, Dave Tonge, Baden Prince at Cafe Arabe 

1.00 p.m.- 2.30 p.m. Hybrid (ZOOM and live) International collaboration through new technology with Zouhair Khaznaoui, John Row, Colin Urwin at World Storytelling Cafe

2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m. Book launch: Yassine Adnane launches his latest novel at Dar Bellarj

4.00 p.m. – Gathering at Dar Bellarj

5.30 p.m. – 8.30 p.m. Storytelling in Halqa Djemma al Fnaa

8.30 p.m. Dawn Ellis Nart Stories part 2 at  World Storytelling Cafe


Thursday 17 February 

All day Open mic Henna Cafe

12.30 p.m. Artist Sabba Khan works with storyteller Gary Cordingley a collaboration with cartoonist (British Council) at Musee de la Musique

2 p.m. LUNCH at World Storytelling Café

3.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. Panel Discussion: Keeping the Tradition Alive: Zahra Afsah, Zouhair Khaznaoui, Maria Gillen and Jaafar Kansoussi at World Storytelling Cafe

5.00 p.m – 6.00 p.m. Session: ‘The stories we tell ourselves’ Lucie Anderson-Wood at World Storytelling Cafe

4.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Education class inc Sarah Lloyd-Winder (other artists welcome) at Henna Café

7.00 p.m. Storytelling with Sef Townsend at El Fenn

8.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. Storytelling round finishing with Dawn Ellis concluding the session with a Nart story at All day Open mic Henna Café


Friday 18 February 

All day Open mic Henna Cafe

11.00 p.m. – 1.00 p.m. Conference:Women Reclaiming the Narrative: Jaafar Kansoussi, Amy Douglas, Zahra Afsah, Dawn Ellis and Siham Elmallas at Complexe Administratif et Culture MOHAMED IV des Habous.
The importance of women in the evolution of storytelling in Morocco and around the world

3.00 p.m – 4.00 p.m. Hybrid (ZOOM and live) International collaboration through new technology: Zouhair, John Row, Colin Urwin World Storytelling Cafe

5.30 p.m.-7.00 p.m. Mother Tongue stories with Juliana Marin, Riikka Palonen, Maria Gillen, Zahra Afsah, Habiba Al-Azzalia and Latifa Amghar at World Storytelling Cafe

7.00 p.m. Stories for children by Jasmanah on line event


Saturday 19 February

11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. Hybrid (ZOOM and live) Australasian and Asian tellers plus festival tellers at World Storytelling Cafe.

2.00 p.m. – 6.00 p.m. Grand story round: Festival discussion where do we go here? all tellers at World Storytelling Cafe 

7.00 p.m  Irish, North American and Moroccan Storytelling at Les Yeux Bleus


Sunday 20 February

12.00 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. Education class at Henna Cafe

9.00 a.m. Essaouira Day trip

12.00 p.m – onwards Story-round: Where do we go from here? at World Storytelling Cafe

7.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Hybrid (ZOOM and live) Worldwide Story round at World Storytelling Cafe.


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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


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


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

Sola Story

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


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

Emily Hanna-Grazebrook

Magical, heartbreaking, hilarious!


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

Rob Cloney

Rob Cloney is a Canadian storyteller who has been delighting audiences for over 30 years.

Fabio Lisboa

Storytelling Trainer who has performed/taught in Brazil, Canada and the United Arab Emirates.

Bob Kanegis

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 Lofthouse

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.

Maria Papanikolaou

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

Colin Urwin hails from the Glens of Antrim in Northern Ireland.

Raine Geoghegan

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 Henwood

Jo is co founder of the Australian Fairy Tale Society

Antonio Rocha

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 Kiran

Deepa has been in the fields of education, communication & performing arts since 1998.

Dawn Ellis

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.

Jan Williams

Her most popular books are An amazing storytelling cat and Essex folk stories for children.

Csenge Virág Zalka

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 Khaznaoui

Zouhair has been sharing the magic of Hikayat since 2017 in the Clock Storytelling programme.

Theresa Kelleher

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.

David Heathfield

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 .