Taffy Thomas trained as a Literature and Drama teacher at Dudley College of Education. After teaching for several years in Wolverhampton he founded and directed the legendary folk theatre company, Magic Lantern, illustrating traditional stories and songs with shadow puppets and circus skills.
He founded and directed the community arts company, Charivari, with their popular touring unit, the Fabulous Salami Brothers, which he fronted and performed in. After a major stroke at the age of 36 Taffy turned back to story telling as self-imposed speech therapy, which turned into a new career.
Taffy has a repertoire of more than 300 stories, collected mainly from traditional oral sources, which he is happy to tell in almost any situation. This repertoire was built by meeting and working with virtually all the great traditional storytellers who were alive in Britain. See ‘Ancestral Voices’.
He is now the most experienced English storyteller, having performed in many countries on four continents. He is currently artistic director of Tales in Trust, the Northern Centre for Storytelling, based at The Storyteller’s Garden in Grasmere.
In the 2001 New Year Honours List he was awarded the MBE for services to storytelling and charity and performed a new collaboration for the Blue Peter Prom at the Royal Albert Hall. And In October 2009 Taffy accepted the honorary position of first Laureate for Storytelling which ran for two years from January 2010 to January 2012.
With Taffy’s head bursting with stories, riddles and folklore, Giles Abbot once commented, “when Taffy goes it will be like a library burning down.”
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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 .