Everyday Magic Storytellers

ANNE JOHNSON (Director of Everyday Magic)  is a storyteller and songwriter who is committed to bringing live storytelling and music into the schools. She believes children need stories, music and art in the same way that plants need sun and rain. Over the last ten years she has developed Everyday Magic as a resource for teachers and children. She believes it is crucial to have long term relationships with the schools, and together with the Everyday Magic team of storytellers, musicians and artists to work in partnership with the teachers to provide a very special contribution to the school’s programme.

Jan Blake Over the past 26 years Jan Blake has developed a reputation for being one of Europe’s finest storytellers. Delighting audiences at major storytelling festivals and theatres all over the world, she has formed relationships with The Southbank Centre, The Royal National Theatre, The British Council and the Barbican Arts & Cultural Centre. She continues to innovate within the art form, often collaborating with Oslo-based award winning folk musician, Kouame Sereba. In November 2011 Jan was the 1st non-German recipient of the Thuringe Marchen Preis, awarded to those devoting their lives to the service of storytelling. Most recently, Jan was the winner of the BASE storytelling Outstanding Female Storyteller award 2012 “Blake has, over the course of the past couple of decades, firmly established a reputation as one of the world’s greatest storytellers, a position she is likely to consolidate in the coming years.” André Naffis-Sahely, 2010

Kate Corkery  is an international Irish storyteller with a background in acting, fluent in French, Spanish and Gaelic. She runs a monthly storytelling club for adults ‘Around the Fire’ from the Irish Cultural Centre in London, where she is Storyteller in Residence and was awarded Best Storyteller at The Fringe Report Awards 2009, for her work there. Kate is a frequent guest teller at other UK storytelling clubs and festivals across Europe. She regularly returns to her native Ireland, featuring in festivals and running master class weekends. She  won the BASE award for Outstanding Storytelling Performance in 2012 for ‘Sweet Shop on the Shore’, a piece commissioned by the Festival at the Edge 2012, under the theme of Old Enough to Know Better. Kate partners Winston Nzinga in ‘Spud & Yam’ and has performed at events in Norway, Spain and Columbia in the last year.

Xanthe Gresham  has been working as a performance storyteller for two decades performing internationally in Festivals and theatres.  She has been a frequent performer at the Barbican and Soho Theatres and is regularly funded by the Arts Council for a series of performances celebrating the feminine in storytelling.  She has received major commissions from the British Museum, the Museum of London the Smithsonian in Washington and Harvard University, particularly for her renditions of the Persian Epic Shahnameh.  She was resident storyteller for the Chelsea Physic Garden and is Lecturer at the University of East London.

June Peters has worked for the last 25 years as a storyteller nationally in schools, museums and historical sites and also across South American and Mexican schools.  She is currently working as resident Story Teller in Camden schools and also, schools in Shepperton as part of the Spelthorne Schools Together project supporting Children’s writing.  She has written and illustrated ‘The Siege Perilous: tales of arthurs knights and the ladies of the lake’ to be published by the History Press in April. Her most recent work for adults is ‘Sugar Skulls and Lovespoons’, a performance which combines traditional and personal stories to explore the themes of memory and remembrance.

Rachel Rose Reid

Sef Townsend has spent many years animating children and adults through the medium of story, language, rhythm and song and he is equally at home in a nursery school, in the family atmosphere of a local festival, or at a national museum. Always the focus in his work is the ‘join in’ activity, where the ‘audience’ usually ends up singing along or joining in the telling. This is also popular in his work with teachers, and with his refugee, peace and reconciliation, and interfaith projects. Recent work has taken him to Northern Ireland, The Middle East and South Africa

TUUP  has been retelling traditional stories for 30 years now. He is a percussive musician and songwriter with the band Transglobal Underground. Tuup has worked at the British Museum, Docklands Museum to name just a few. Recently, TUUP was featured in a DVD released by Story Spinners, an educational film company that is available at http://thestoryspinner.co.uk/online-shop.  In 2010 Tuup teamed up with Sheema, a sitar player and together they have been touring their show called “The King and The Corpse” all over the country.


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