Our Festival Performers

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

Samia Malik

Born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents, Samia has lived in the UK since she was a child. Samia Malik’s dynamic, evolving working practice encompasses music, visual art and education. Asking challenging and important questions about our common humanity, Samia’s work has enthralled audiences from the UK to India. Samia writes and performs songs based […]

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)

Calvin Cumiskey (Magpie) is a teacher, writer, storyteller, therapist, puppeteer and fool! Performed at Young Vic, Royal Court, Riverside, Tramway Glasgow, Edinburgh festival, Warwick arts studio. First adaption of Mervyn Peake’s Titus Groan and played the infamous Steerpike. Read Jim and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs for BBC radio . As a storyteller, he is […]

Mike Rust

Veteran of the British Storytelling Scene

Christine Willison

Christine has been telling stories for over 30 years, to people of all ages and abilities, in schools, performance spaces, theatres, libraries, museums, stately homes and at festivals all over the world. Her repertoire is drawn from Wales where she lives, from Ireland and Europe, together with an abundance of tales from the many places […]

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

With over 45 years in the ‘business’, Peter has been an Actor. Writer. Director. Fir-eater. Wire and Stilt Walker. Juggler. Musician, Mime and oral Storyteller. Although born and bred in Essex where he still lives to this day, his own unique story begins elsewhere.

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 poet

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

Vanessa Woolf

"London's resident storyteller"

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

Named Beat Poet Laureate twice, once for Massachusetts 2017 to 2019, second time for U S National Beat Poet Laureate 2019 – 2020. Paul is best described as political, deadpan and wryly humorous delivered in his own style. He has been called, “Assassin of Apathy – power of words / humor – on the unthinkable, […]

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

Tales of adventurous women

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 Cordingly

Exploring the connections between oral and visual storytelling

Laura Casillas

"The Story-Lady" From Guanajuato, Mexico

Chip Colquhoun

Renowned children's teller and educator

Olusola Adebiyi

Bringing metaphors and tales alive

Gerry Donlon

aka Bards Aloud. Stories comic, and stories quirky

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 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 hosts 'Connecting the World' series every Monday.

Alexander Dickow

Bilingual poet writing in English and French