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The Pelion Storytelling Festival – a model of sustainability

Dimitris Prousalis, director of the Pelion Storytelling Festival, was performing stories about slavery and liberation with a blues band. There was huge audience, sitting at tables, drinking beer, eating souvlaki, children running around, a wind gusting, and lighting flashing in the distance! It was a powerful performance in difficult circumstances. But Dimitris wanted to reach […]

Love in the Shadows

I will be performing  Love in the Shadows with my little shadow theatre on 28 November 19.30, St Micheal’s Church, Ewell. It was Pliny who wrote that the art of shadows was first invented by a ‘Corinthian maid’, who drew around the silhouette of her lover cast by an oil lamp onto the wall. He […]

‘With music in Istanbul’

Istanbul is my favourite city, a mesmerising, magical place. I have visited several times, sometimes staying for weeks. Each visit was a unique adventure, it is a place that you can never get to the end of. I have been commissioned to write a short story about one encounter I had in Istanbul, for Oxygen […]

Zarina’s Orchard comes to life

Sussed Theatre Company asked if they could use my story ‘Zarina’s Orchard’ from Tales Told in Tents, to create a play with a community theatre group based at Sidlesham School. Sussed used the story as a starting point to: research Central Asian music and dance; improvise scenes, develop characters and invent dialogue; write a song, […]

Truth and Fiction

“Why not try to read the  actual world as if it were a work of fiction?” Umberto Eco ‘Six Walks in the Fictional Woods’ Last month I saw Canadian storyteller,  Dan Yashinsky, perform ‘Talking you in’ at The Barbican. The performance is based on Dan’s  experiences in intensive care with his new born son. Dan […]