About Sally Pomme Clayton

Sally Pomme Clayton is a writer and performance storyteller. She co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton in 1985, spearheading storytelling in the UK. She has created solo performances, and collaborations with artists, musicians and directors. She tours throughout Britain and internationally. Recent performances have been at: Soho Theatre; St.George’s Bristol; The Barbican; Northern Stage; Wapping Project; York Theatre Royal; The Royal Academy; Warwick Arts Centre;  The British Museum; 11 Downing Street; The National Gallery; 40 Winks Hotel,  in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, and Greece. She often works with musicians, and has performed with: The London Philharmonic Orchestra; Joglaresa; Welsh National Opera; Janie Armour; The London Sinfonietta; South Bank Gamelan; The Brodsky Quartet. During 2012- 2013 she is touring The Three Snake Leaves with The Company of Storytellers and musicians Dylan Fowler and Gill Stevens.

She has published ten children’s books, including: Tales Told in Tents – stories from Central Asia (2004) which introduces young readers to the Islamic world. Persephone, a journey from winter to spring (2009) which has been translated into Greek and Turkish.  Rama and Sita – path of flames (2010) which has been published in India as well as the UK. Her latest book came out in October 2012 – Greek myths – tales of sun, stone and sea illustrated by Jane Ray. (Frances Lincoln, 2012).

She was Artist in Residence at The Swedenborg Society from 2011 – 2012 and created a daring new performance for adults – ‘Night Visit’ funded by Arts Council England. During 2012 she wrote ‘Prince Zal and the Simorgh’ for composer David Bruce which she performed with The London Philharmonic Orchestra at The Royal Festival Hall. And created ‘A year in the forest’ based on classic Grimm’s fairytales for The Unicorn Theatre and young audiences. She was part of the Cultural Olympiad performing at The BT River of Music with The Bardic Divas.

During 2010 she was commissioned by The British Museum to write and perform six interlinked stories for ‘A History of the world in 100 objects.’ And led ‘Story Bazaar’ with three London secondary schools and consortium Routes into Languages – LSE, SOAS and Westminster University, using storytelling to inspire a creative approach to second language learning.  During 2009 and 2010 she worked with composer Dario Marianelli and the London Philharmonic Orchestra to write ‘Sea Stories’ – a trilogy of compositions performed by LPO at The Royal Festival Hall.  She has led creative writing and storytelling projects for Apples and Snakes, Essex Book Festival, and Cultural Co-operation. She has undertaken commissions from: The King of Hearts Norwich; The Unicorn Children’s Theatre; Chichester Festival Theatre; The British Library; London Philharmonic Orchestra, and WOMAD.

She has written for radio and theatre and was winner of the BBC ‘Write Out Loud’ award for new writing for radio (1997). She has written plays and documentaries, among them: ‘As I crossed a Bridge of Dreams’ (Radio 4 1998); ‘The Young Man’s Tale’ (Radio 3 2000 ); ‘Tales from the statue’ (Radio 4 2003), and ‘The Whole Brain’ (Radio 3 2006).

She was Royal Literary Fellow at Westminster University (2010 – 2011) and City and Guilds London Art School (2011 – 2012). And currently teaches a module at Rose Bruford College.