Our Cafe Performers

"Now that the world is standing still, people are asking for stories" Achira.


Hi, My name is Jasnamah I am from India and I am 14 years old.I have been with the Worldstorytelling Cafe since 2020 and that’s where I started pursuing my talent of storytelling. I like share to stories which are the classic fables of my country and many more.


Hello everyone, my name is Kenza, and I am 17 years old. I live in Italy but have Moroccan origins since my parents come from Morocco. I became a storyteller thanks to meeting Professor Manuela Kelly Calzini, and from there everything started. I began to develop a passion for this programme and fell in love […]

Justine d Mierres

Tales n Tunes at the World Storytelling Cafe 🎤 There’ll be storytelling from host Justine de Mierre and open mic spots for all you talented players, singers, tellers and poets! 🏠 If you want to be part of an open mic community but there’s things that keep you home (health, caring, transport etc) then this […]

A global story round fundraising for MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians)

A global story round fundraising for MAP (Medical Aid for Palestinians)  come and tell a story or share some poetry with us at the World Storytelling Cafe. Your peace-loving hosts are David Heathfield and Simona Stambazzi. Let’s come together to send a message of Peace around the World.

Maia Ganatra

Drawing inspiration from a master storyteller, my father, preserving his tales as memory fades.

Stories for peace

A Call for Peace Storytellers Haneen Khaled Jadallah from Gaza, Palestine and David Heathfield from Devon, UK share the floor with specially invited peace-seeking international guest storytellers. We are all connected. Fundraising for Medical Aid for Palestine https://www.facebook.com/donate/705246757786977/6865394900242649/

Get a Word in Edgeways Online Festival

Hosted by Despina Ariou from the Much Wenlock Fire Station 10.30am Online Festival Opens 11am Getting Started with Poetry Workshop with Ryan Dre Sinclair – bring a paper and pen Midday Highlights from The Treasure Within: Persian Miniature Paintings with Zahra Afsah 1pm Interviews with Special Guests, Poets and Storytellers 2pm Highlights from Ragged Miser: […]

Stories for Marrakech

 Stories for Marrakech. A Fundraiser for the Henna Cafe Soup Kitchen from the Folk of Gloucester


Simona is a storyteller and language teacher from Italy. She fell in love with stories at a very young age, and she’s been playing with her imagination ever since. Starting out as an avid reader, Simona started creating and writing her own stories, to then discover the world of oral storytelling thanks to David Heathfield, […]

Linda Schuyler Ford

Linda Schuyler Ford grew up  Sleepy Hollow, NY, wandering the very hills that inspired beloved author Washington Irving, and listening to the magical stories of her English and German ancestors. No wonder she became a storyteller! Now a Floridian, she enjoys traveling  the East Coast offering storytelling concerts and workshops for all ages and abilities, […]

Amna Burki

Amna is of South Asian heritage based in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the past 2 decades. She is passionate about bringing diverse communities together through storytelling

Georgia Pieri and Evi Karydi

Georgia Pieri from Cyprus on the left and Evi Karydi from Greece on the right


We team up with ACENOVATION to part of their 24 hour storytelling fund raiser for the victims of the Turkish earthquake disaster for a two hour story round

Eimear Burke

Eimear is a Druid and a Storyteller. She has a deep love of the ancient Irish tales and has a passion for storytelling.  She brings the old tales to new audiences, and – while remaining faithful to the stories – often examines them from new perspectives, so that listeners experience them as fresh and relevant.  […]

Carolyn Emmerson

Hallo everyone. My name is Carolyn Emmerson and I am a puppet-making storyteller, originally from the villages of Derbyshire. I have been storytelling with puppetry professionally since 1994. Tippety Twig; a Woodland Elf; was the first, but I have since made many others. I tell traditional folk tales, rhymes, poems and songs, as well as […]

Brahim Daldali

Storyteller in residence at the World Storytelling Cafe Marrakech

Masako Carey

Japanese-born Storyteller


The second edition of the Marrakech international Storytelling Festival

Hichem Derouich

Storyteller from Tunisia

Teri Lott

Storyteller from Ohio, USA

Rebecca Lemaire

Belgian-British storyteller based in the South of Spain. Rebecca tells stories in English, Spanish and French

Rona Leventhal

Rona is a Storyteller who engages the imaginative mind, known for her dynamic characters

Soukaina Habiballah

Moroccan poet and novelist

Michael Kerins

Scottish teller from Glasgow

Usha Venkatraman

Mumbai based award winning storyteller, author, classical vocalist, puppeteer and radio show host

Masako Carey

Kindergarten teacher, interpreter, and cultural trainer

Geraldine Nanjala

English and Kiswahili teacher, librarian and storyteller from Kenya

Chandrika Joshi

Storyteller and a Hindu priestess based in Cardiff , Wales

Diana Peers

Telling traditional and modern tales from Scotland and around the world

Despoina Aristeidou

English and Spanish teacher from Greece

clare goodall

Storyteller and musician

Raymond Antrobus

Poet / Writer / Educator / Investigator Of Missing Sounds

Clare Smith

Storyteller, teacher and poet from UK

Ismail Bahddou

Storyteller from Zagora, Morocco


FIrst edition of the Marrakech International Storytelling Festival

Rona Barbour

'The Godmother of Storytelling'

Sue McWha

English teacher from Johannesburg, South Africa

Catalina Figini

Argentinian storyteller living in Ouarzazate, Morocco

Amy Bruton Bluemel

Storyteller, artist, and a member of the Chickasaw dance troupe Chikashsha Hithla

Simran Nagwani

Professional storyteller and a theatre artist from Mumbai


GMS – the DMV’s foremost interactive Griot/Master Storyteller, a native Washington, DC

Fiona Collins

Community storyteller who lives in North Wales

Ailsa Dixon

Ailsa is a young Aberdeenshire apprentice storyteller passionate about traditional tales, both Scottish and international.

Rock the Casbah

À special edition of our monthly fund raiser, lead teller Ian Douglas and featured Riad Les Yeux Bleu.

Chef Mohammed Essakhi

Mohammed Essakhi is a Moroccan born chef who has worked in the restaurant business for thirty years.

Cathy Carson

Nurse, Counsellor, Written and Storyteller from Northern Ireland

Maria Gillen

Storyteller in Residence with Kerry Writers Museum

Hannah Need

The Storyteller of Southfields

Moth & Butterfly

Moth & Butterfly is an Arts Collective based in the West of Ireland, celebrating the art forms of storytelling and improvisation. We host regular nights, as well as other arts engagements throughout the year. Our first festival is 19th-21st February 2021. Thank you very much for supporting us.     https://paypal.me/pools/c/8wAW4BRyJW

Rachel Murray

Rachel Murray Rachel is a resident storyteller at Matlock Storytelling Cafe, and has been telling stories since she was ‘nowt but a slip of a lass’. From telling her first stories to stuffed animals and long-suffering pets, she soon graduated to telling stories to her Mum who would then draw pictures to go with the tales […]

Manuela Kelly Calzini

Manuela is a Storyteller based wherever her flying carpet takes her in the world. She shares her time between Tuscany (Italy), Northumberland (England), and Geneva (Switzerland). She is a warm, engaging and lively storyteller, she tells stories in both English and Italian. Manuela has pursued her passion for storytelling in a wide variety of settings […]


Clown, esoteric wanderer and musician in fact an all round zany guy

Mike Facherty

He has told stories at fetes and in the local parks

Have a Laugh in Lockdown

WSC together with The Society for Storytelling and Get a Word In Edgeways invite you to join us and tell a joke or just laugh your socks off

Zahra Afsah

Storyteller from Tehran

British Moroccan Society

BMS is a registered Charity in the UK and dedicated to the promotion of links and understanding between Morocco and the UK

Worldwide Story Round

In conjunction with Get a Word in Edgeways. A bi-weekly story round . Everyone is invited.

David Heathfield

Storyteller who tells tales and runs workshops in the UK and around the world.

Theresa Kelleher

Irish Storyteller

Young international tellers

An open-mic program of young international storytellers

Zouhair Khaznaoui

Storyteller from Morocco

Csenge Virág Zalka

Storyteller and author from Hungary

Liz Mangual

Storyteller from New Mexico

Jan Williams

Storyteller from Essex

Dawn Ellis

Dynamic teller specialising in stories from the Caucasus, passionate about the natural world and mythology

Antonio Rocha

Award-winning storyteller from Brazil

Lillian Rodrigues-Pang

Internationally acclaimed, award winning storyteller from Australia

Deepa Kiran

Storyteller from India

Jo Henwood

Teller from Australia


World Storytelling Cafe curator, John Row hosts a panel and storytelling discussion every Monday at 6pm BST.

Raine Geoghegan

A poet and prose writer of Romany, Irish and Welsh descent who shares tales of the English Gypsies (Romanichals) through poetry, monologue and song.

Sharon Jacksties

Sharon Jacksties www.sharonjackstories.co.uk has been a professional traditional storyteller for 30 years. She has a particular interest in stories and place. This film of traditional animal stories, told on location in the Somerset landscape, is inspired by her new book ‘Animal Folk Tales of `Britain and Ireland’ which has also informed the course she will […]

Colin Urwin

Professional folk singer, songwriter and storyteller from the Glens of Antrim in the northeast of Ireland.

Alastair K Daniel

Alastair K Daniel is a storyteller and educator who enjoys telling tales to the young and the young of spirit. He tells in schools and club settings and, through his work as an academic at the University of Roehampton (London), Alastair aims to inspire young teachers to create classrooms rich in story and storytelling.

Maria Papanikolaou

I studied History and Journalism and I worked for many years in publishing houses. I have a Masters degree in Social & Cultural History from Leeds Beckett University, UK (MA of ARTS). The last 10 years I combine storytelling with educational programs for children, in Museums, Cultural Centers, Schools, Art places, etc. I love working […]

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.

Bob Kanegis

A storyteller from New Mexico who lives the storyteller life and works with Native American Pueblo schools.

Fabio Lisboa

Brazilian storyteller and author with a degree in Languages and a postgraduate degree in Storytelling. Storytelling Trainer who has performed/taught in Brazil, Canada and the United Arab Emirates. He writes in Portuguese (and sometimes in English) at www.contarhistorias.com.br

Kingdom 1000

Marking 1,000 years since Britain’s Danish conqueror Canute granted all people living in Britain, rich or poor, the equal right to petition the king.

Storytree Young Tellers


The Three Sorrows

A one-off event exploring this much-loved Irish classic, hosted by John Row

Recovery’s Got Talent

A one-off event featuring some very special performers, hosted by John Row

Rob Cloney

Original stories and traditional tales from the forests of Canada

Samia Malik

Passionate and easily understood across international frontiers

Epic Tales

Using the power of storytelling to boost your children's confidence in literacy, numeracy, science and more.

Anna Mudeka

Multi-talented Zimbabwean performer, now living in East Anglia, UK.


Keeping Irish Traveller musical traditions alive for future generations.

Tithi Dani

Poems in Hindi and English from an award-winning Indian poet with a love of Russian folk tales.

Frances Roberts Reilly

Heritage tales and poems of Gypsy/Roma family and community, journeys and landscape.

Calvin Cumiskey (Magpie)

teacher, writer, storyteller, therapist, puppeteer and fool!

Mike Rust

Veteran of the British Storytelling Scene

Christine Willison

Christine has been telling stories for over 30 years

Paro Anand

A multi-award winning writer from India.

Ahn Sook Kim

Ahn Sook helped to organize the Korean First International Storytelling Festival in Korea (2018/2019) Ahn Sook has kindly offered that any tips be given to FEAST (the Federation of Asian Storytellers)

Peter Optical

Actor. Writer. Director. Fir-eater. Wire and Stilt Walker. Juggler. Musician, Mime and oral Storyteller.

Jeeva Raghunath

Writer and experienced storyteller from India

Gilly Southwood

Storyteller, story practitioner, author, educator and facilitator.

Lucie Andersen-Wood

Co-founder of the worldstorytellingcafe.com

Usifu Jalloh

Storyteller with roots in Sierra Leone

Shelly Verma

Performance Storyteller from India

Donald Nelson

Storyteller from Glasgow

Mike Jurkovic

2016 Pushcart nominee, poet and storyteller

Rory McLeod

Ex-circus clown and fire eater, one-man-soul-band, storyteller and poet

Katrice Horsley

Experienced Storyteller from the UK

Adriana Ene

Well-known radio and tv journalist from Romania

Norman Perrin

Storyteller from Canada

Polina Tšerkassova

Storyteller, multi-instrumentalist and anthropologist from Estonia

David Driver

West Yorkshire writer, poet and broadcaster

Marion Leeper

Storyteller from Cambridge

Jay Leeming

Storyteller and poet from the US

Ellen Sjömålen

Swedish storyteller from The Land of Legends

Chris Warren

English Poet and performer

Giorgiana Elena Popan

Romanian Storyteller and actress

Amy Douglas

Award Winning Storyteller, performer, promoter and advocate for the past three decades

Nana Tomova

Sussex based storyteller from Bulgaria

Carl Merry

Storyteller from Essex

Tamar Eluned Williams

Welsh award-winning Storyteller

Deeptha Vivenkanand

Indian Based Storyteller who loves to tell stories about stories, strong women, and political satire.

Paul Richmond

“Assassin of Apathy – power of words / humor - on the unthinkable, the unsolvable, to analyze to digest to give birth to creativity and hope.”

Kirsty Hartsiotis

Gloucestershire-based storyteller and writer

Trevor Millum

a writer of… poetry for children and adults, short stories, a novel, books of local interest, education resources.

Roger Jenkins

Award winning Singaporean storyteller

Clare Bevan

Bracknell’s First Poet Laureate

Julie Stevens

Jumping Jules, a poet from Cambridge

Philip Nanton

a creative writer and spoken word performer from Barbados

Sue Hardy-Dawson

Yorkshire born poet, artist, and illustrator

Ian Whiteley

English poet, singer/songwriter and performer

Roger Stevens

An award-winning poet, author and musician.

Paul Cookson

Best selling poet and musician

Donavan Christopher

aka RAPPAMAN, Respect All People.

Nick Toczek

A legend in the poetry world, curator of our World Poetry Cafe

Tom Phillips

Tom 'the Tale Teller' Phillips

Mark Fraser

Storyteller, illustrator and writer.

Lisa Schneidau

storyteller and environmentalist

Cath Little

Gifted Welsh teller.

Órla Mc Govern

Renowned Irish teller and playwright

Lorenzo Caviglia

Our Italian master teller

Sarah Lloyd-Winder

Folk tales from Japan and Iceland, and tales of adventurous women from around the world.

David Thompson

Hold onto your hat as David whisks you away.

Jota Villaza

The leading traditional folk teller from Colombia

Emily Hanna-Grazebrook

Magical, heartbreaking, hilarious!


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

Gary Cordingley

Exploring the connections between oral and visual storytelling

Laura Casillas

"The Story-Lady" From Guanajuato, Mexico

Chip Colquhoun

Renowned children's teller and educator

Sola Story

Bringing metaphors and tales alive

Suzanne Arnold

Warm and inclusive tales from Suzanne the Storyweaver

Maria Credali

traditional tales to take you on a journey of magic and myth.

Hannah Brailsford

Captivating & compelling children's teller

Sef Townsend

Traditional tales and stories collected on Sef's extensive travels

Clive Pig

Children of all ages love Clive's lively shows

Janina Vigurs

A children's teller who rejoices in the ridiculous

Justine de Mierre

A passionate, energetic and inventive storyteller who delights in connecting playfully

Giles Abbott

Giles is in huge demand as both a writer and performer.

Eamonn Keenan

Stories of heroes, the fairies, ghosts, witches, death and love

Amanda Edmiston

storyteller and writer with a background in herbal medicine

Veronica Chambers

An animated style of telling that sucks you in

Su Squire

Magical tales from a very special guest star.

Pauline Cordiner

Scottish Stories from a rising star

Baden Prince

A dynamic performer known for his dry humour.

Mike Dodsworth

Magical tales from the deserts, mountains and forests


Storyteller, Poet, Percussionist and Lyricist

Shane Ibbs

Inspired by folk and fairy tales around an open fire

Sharon Carr

Fantastic Canadian teller with a rich and varied repertoire.

Riikka Palonen

A barefoot forest girl from Finland

Debra Weller

Florida based teller and educator

Isabelle Hauser

Magical stories & harp from Switzerland

Trudy Terry

Our Texan teller from the borders with Louisiana

Liz Weir

Irish teller with a Global reputation. Awarded an MBE in 2019

Maria Whatton

A magical teller who will transport you to another place

Alice Morrison

Alice Morrison is an adventurer and confirmed Morocco-phile

Richard Hamilton

Passionate about Moroccan storytelling.

Cafe Clock Tellers

Continuing a thousand year old Moroccan tradition.

Gary Bridgens

Veteran of festivals and outdoor performances

Ian Douglas

Fun, inviting and light hearted, with a unique ability to connect

Gayle Ross

Member of the Cherokee Nation, and legendary teller

Dave Tonge

Teller of irreverent tales from many lands

Juliana Marin Fryling

Travelling teller from Colombia. aka Achira

Shonaleigh Cumbers

Renowned teller from the Yiddish oral tradition

Paul Jackson

Legendary teller and Chair of the Society for Storytelling

Kim Weitkamp

Renowned North American storyteller

Daniel Morden

A teller with passion and relish.

Hugh Lupton

Passionate for the hidden layers of the British landscape and related stories

Taffy Thomas

Iconic figure in British Storytelling

John Row

Much-loved and respected curator and storyteller. Artistic director of Marrakech International Storytelling festival

Alexander Dickow

Bilingual poet writing in English and French