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.
Kate Corkery is an international Irish storyteller fluent in French, Spanish and Gaelic. She runs a monthly storytelling club for adults ‘Around the Fire’ from the Irish Cultural Centre in London, (recently refurbished) where she is Storyteller in Residence and as a result won ‘Best Storyteller at The Fringe Report Awards’. 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’. Kate partners Winston Nzinga in ‘Spud & Yam’ and has performed at events in Norway, Spain and Columbia with tours in Uruguay and Argentina. Kate’s engaging and beautifully written ‘Cork Folk Tales’ is published by The History Press.
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 and Harvard University. She was resident storyteller for the Chelsea Physic Garden and Lecturer at the University of East London.
Xanthe has published two books: ‘Wild Swans’ with ‘Barefoot Books’ for which she received a starred Kirkuk review and Sussex Folktales for children with the History Press. She has created two new shows for adults, ‘Buddha Babies’ and ‘Sunflowers.’ In March 2017 she returned to the Smithsonian in Washington – her 11th visit, performing the Persian Epic, ‘Shahnameh’. She was commissioned by the British Museum to perform for the opening of the Asia Gallery and to create a family show in celebration of Chinese New Year.
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. His vibrant performances have taken him to Northern Ireland, The Middle East and South Africa
Alongside Everyday Magic, Sef has worked with EAST, a group dedicated to bringing together people of the East End of London helping them to celebrate their cultural diversity, develop their storytelling skills and provide performance experience in sharing their stories in public. Recent exciting projects have included celebrating Chuseok, the Korean Harvest,at a weekend special at The British Museum and the Victoria & Albert Museum, and a four week storytelling, teachers’ workshop and research tour of Chile and Argentina.
TUUP has been retelling traditional 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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