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 […]


Jordan – Land of Stories

‘There was, and there was not, but even so there was …’ is one way an Arabic fairytale starts. Stories can take us to fantastic lands, to the underworld or a glass mountain, to a girl living at the bottom of a well or a prince with one arm and one wing. I was honoured […]


The Magician’s Apprentice – working on new material

Working on new stories is seductive, preoccupying and very time-consuming! It takes me months and months and months, and longer, to create new material. It starts with a process of researching every version I can find of the story I want to tell. Sometimes I list all the narrative elements and images from all the  […]


Storytelling benefit for Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers

Southwark Day Centre for Asylum Seekers (SDCAS) is a vital charity who provide help, training, advice, a nourishing meal, and a warm, supportive atmosphere for asylum seekers. SDCAS is like a family to everyone. I will be doing a benefit performance on 27th June at 7pm at Peckham Park Road Baptist Church. SDCAS runs on […]


Greek myths – Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea

Greek myths – Stories of Sun, Stone and Sea has just come out in a new edition as part of Frances Lincoln’s ‘The Classics’ series. It has a stunning new cover by illustrator Jane Ray.   I am very proud that the book is part of The Reading Agency’s summer reading challenge which has the […]


Tales from the Statue – Radio 4 extra

Tales from the Statue is a radio programme I made in 2003 with producer Arlene Gregorius. It is being repeated on BBC Radio 4 Extra – Thursday 29 May, at 6.30 am and 8.30 pm and you will also be able to listen on iplayer. Tales from the Statue is about the Hans Christian Anderson […]


Getting into bed with Plato

I will be performing Eros and Psyche at The Forge, Camden, Tuesday 13 May 2014, 7.30pm. Come and celebrate love in all its forms. The Ancient Greeks had several words for different types of love, among them: Eros – passionate desire; Fillia – friendship; Agape – wider love for fellow human beings and the world. […]


Learning ethics through stories

I have not written for ages, as we have been moving house. And it nearly didn’t happen. We have been utterly lost in a world where the tempting possibility of more and more money turns ordinary people into greedy ogres. There are no laws in this world to prevent people from behaving like ogres, being […]


Writing stories keeps you calm!

I have been working for the last 18 months with No Panic (Sutton and Merton branch). No Panic is a self-help group for those who suffer anxiety, panic attacks and phobias, it offers support and help, enabling sufferers to live more positively. The group has transformed peoples’ lives.  I was invited to work with the […]


Taking Tales Told in Tents into a primary school

Heathfield Junior School, Twickenham, are doing a month long project with year 4 pupils based on my book Tales Told in Tents (illustrated by Sophie Herxheimer and published by Frances Lincoln (2004). They will write and tell stories and learn about Central Asian cultures. I visited the school through Authors Aloud. I took with me […]