Liz Weir is a storyteller and writer from Northern Ireland who has told her stories to people of all ages on five continents. She has performed in pubs and prisons and hospital rooms. She worked on stages in the mighty Vanderbilt Hall of New York’s Grand Central Station and in the Royal Albert Hall. It was as Children’s Librarian for the City of Belfast that she first learnt about the healing power of storytelling. Liz was the first winner of the International Story Bridge Award from the National Storytelling Network, USA, which cited her “exemplary work promoting the art of storytelling”
Baden Prince (Junior) is a London-based writer, poet, performer and storyteller. Over the past ten years, he has established a solid reputation with performances at major venues all over the UK and abroad, the USA and the Netherlands in particular. From 2003 - 2010 he was the curator and host of "Speakeasy," one of London's most popular poetry and spoken word events, enjoyed and respected by audiences and performers alike. As a performer, Baden entrances audiences with his warm, engaging manner, his mellifluous voice and his irreverent, humorous style.
John Row has worked in schools, colleges, prisons, museums, festivals and arts centres in the UK, USA, and mainland Europe. He has created characters for re-cycling and public information road shows and casino bonuses scripted films and plays in prisons. As a compere he has worked on children's festivals and in circuses.
For longer than he cares to remember John Row has told stories on four continents at schools and festivals. He became the first Storyteller in Residence at Wayland Prison in 1999 and gained publicity for the ‘Storybook Dads’ scheme which has since grown into a national charity and been adopted by countries all over the globe. He developed storytelling as a regular feature of Cambridge Folk Festival and runs the Storytelling Lounge in the Kidz Field at Glastonbury Festival as well as being featured regularly at Folk East, Cropred and Chippenham Folk Festival.
Whether as a storyteller or a medieval re-enactor, or at times both, Andy brings enthusiasm and entertainment to his audiences. An experienced performer Andy has toured with the Albion Shakespeare Company, been involved with Theatre-in Education workshops and living history groups. Before moving to Suffolk, Andy was a key part of Essex Storytellers’ performances contributing to the writing and shaping of major projects. Andy bounds with the love of the well told tale and his background is that of the professional actor. His colourful performances have enlivened many historical re-enactments and the storytelling tent at Glastonbury.
Chris’s experience in working with children with special needs has led him to develop a quirky style, mixing story with verse, song, audience participation or sometimes a few little surprises! This will be his second East Anglian Storytelling Festival, and he has previously performed at Holywells Apple Day and the Chelmsford Wintertales events.
Gerry Donlon is a Woodbridge based Irish storyteller and poet. He is founder and co-host of Storytelling with Bards Aloud, co-founder of The East Anglian Storytelling Festival and is also founder of Poetree Walks with Bards in the
Woods, Suffolk. He has performed at many festivals, including: The East Anglian Storytelling Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, Folk East, Harlequin Fayre, The Glens Storytelling Festival, Scéalta Beo Storytelling and Mythology festival where he performed with Kate Corkery a joint telling of The Three Etains, The Spirit of Beowulf community Festival, for which he wrote a
new story entitled “The bravery and battles of Beowulf” He also performs tales from a hammock at Holywells Park!
At Spring Wood Day 2018, Gerry introduced their first TellerThon, when he brought ten storytellers together and they achieved 4hrs 37 minutes of
continuous storytelling, in 2019 nine storytellers set a new record of 4hrs 45minutes. He has an array of original and “hybrid” tales, described as
“stories comic and stories quirky”
Krystle has worked with children and adults with disabilities and learning difficulties for over 15 years in various settings, such as specialist needs schools, supported living and children’s hospices. She has used sign language throughout these jobs as a way of exchanging information for those who need it. Teaching British sign language to help others engage with the deaf community is a passion of hers that she believes will greatly improve any communication barriers and help those who have communication problems feel more included. It is also an excellent tool to learn for story telling to keep the audience engaged and to encourage participation.
Krystle is also active with “Its Fine to Sign” workshops at Storytelling with Bards Aloud, Ipswich
I have been indulging in my love for telling stories since 1995. I tell folk tales, wonder tales, stories from all over the world that teach or mystify and, in particular, stories that enchant. I have worked with audiences of all ages and take as great a delight in reminiscence work as in inspiring young minds. I have also run story workshops and sessions on story making with children and adults and have experimented with the use of music as an inspiration to story making. I have experience of multi-lingual storytelling from my many travels. I am not an epic storyteller, so the great myths and legends do not form part of my repertoire.
As a 'performance' I offer 'There Was a King.' This is a flexible selection of stories that can be tailored to the needs of the event. In various manifestations it has been seen in the UK, France, Italy, Romania, Spain and Hungary.
I seek out folk tales, legends and myths that show the strength of women’s and girls’ friendships, mother-daughter tales, wise grandmothers and quirky aunts. I pick out stories where boys and men learn to love the environment and treat each other well.
Moments of transformation are magic; a forgotten kindness repaid to lift us out of despair, or an insignificant person who turns out to hold the key. I’ve also been known to make stuff up….
It’s important to highlight the beauty and fragility of wildlife and planet and our need to work together as fellow creatures in the face of climate destruction.
Amy Wragg is an artist, poet & promoter of original music & poetry under the name of 'getonthesoapbox'. SoapBox has become renowned for handmade art made from recycled materials, particularly our giant colourful jellyfish and unique bunting. SoapBox is delighted to be a supporter of the EASF, donating our décor and installation to support this wonderful event. Artwork will be for sale throughout the Festival.
CuriousHour are soulful noise explorers from North London. The band was formed by storyteller and singer Emily Hanna-Grazebrook and guitarist Andy Grazebrook. The band has since become a four piece and rocks out all over London. For the festival, CuriousHour present their acoustic set with the two original members, bringing you deliciously dark and soulful story-songs. The question is - Are you Curious?
Holly D Johnston is known on the East Anglian Folk scene as a singer of stories and captivating performer. Her poetic lyrics woven together in memorable tunes are sung with a voice that is sometimes soft and ethereal and at other times strong and passionate. With multiple records released on independent label, Backwater Records, Holly's journey with all of its twists and turns can be heard in her music and felt in her singing. When she is not singing, she is storytelling and she combines the two beautifully.
Visit : www.hollydjohnston.co.uk
Born and raised on the edge of the Fens with real love and passion for wildlife and the countryside around us, the people in it and its and there history. Dont do writ language or gramma much, but since when did stories have to conform to.
Try looking at http://www.malcolmbusby.co.uk
for a bit more about me.
Sarah grew up in Maldon, a dirty footed wild child whose parents encouraged her to explore and dare. Her career took precedence in her adult years, and life dealt from the back of pack as often as it dealt the cards straight. She would change nothing. Her stories are often coloured by her Pagan path, one of attunement to nature’s cycle, of the dark and light of life, and of honouring the Gods within and without. She’s been fascinated by words, poetry and performance from childhood. She attends local and regional poetry, storytelling and writing events, reading her poems and telling stories at some. Though she still has dirty feet, she’s not quite so wild now.
Sarah lives in Braintree with 2 black cats (who would be miffed not to get a mention!), and her campervan, Hestia.
Tony first began telling stories 10 years ago whilst working with the RSPB education team in North Lancashire, often weaving stories of birds and beasts into the children’s exploration of nature. Sometimes writing his own short stories to accompany the activities.
He now has a wide and varied repertoire of often humorous stories and tales to entertain both adults and children; traditional and historical tales, animal stories, legends and anecdotes. He enjoys visits to historic places, walks in woods and on hills, along lanes once travelled by our ancestors in centuries gone by finding inspiration and ideas for new stories. And of course, fellow storytellers!
His first introduction to the magical world of stories was, as with so many of us, being told stories by his parents and real life tales from his grandmother. Many of these same stories he then told to his own children.
Tony tells stories in local schools and at community events, at story clubs and festivals, leads story walks and most recently ran a children’s workshop in his local community orchard. He also writes his own short stories.
Our Terrific Troubadours! Joe Lees music are an acoustic duo influenced by rock, blues, folk, playing covers & original music
Su spent her early storytelling years in the West Country where she also worked as a community theatre facilitator, street performer, solo theatre performer and member of a children's theatre company. Now based in East Anglia Su performs regularly at festivals and events across the region and beyond as both a solo performer and in collaboration with other artists. A mistress of multiple personas, Su also performs as Suki SilverTongue (lusciously lyrical and sublimely subversive story-poetry) for grown ups and Tilly the Talespinner (complete with magical story catcher) for children and families.
Suzanne has a rich and varied past as community artist, street theatre performer and puppeteer with over 30 years of story-making. Storytelling was a natural progression when in 2009, Suzanne the Storyweaver came into being. A co-founder of the East Anglian Storytelling Festival, Suzanne has a warm, wise and inclusive style of telling and has told at festivals across the region and beyond. She is happy telling to any age audience but specialises in stories with strong female protagonists. She is currently booking a tour of her show and workshop, “The Crone, the Wolf and the Girl who strayed from the path”, to women’s groups across the UK and France.
Josh is a relatively new storyteller from Bury St. Edmunds. His main areas of interest are Norse Mythology and Dragons. In addition to being a Bards Aloud regular and hosting a club in Bury, he also regularly tells tales to residents at a care home.
Sarah Walker – SarahSpinsStories - has lived in nine countries and collected tales in all nine and elsewhere. She tells stories from around the world for adults and children as well as original tales of her own. Sarah also tells with Barrie de Lara, and in the Big Stripey Story Tent at festivals and celebrations. In 2014, while being successfully treated for cancer, she completed the challenge of telling 26 tales for the first time: this year her challenge is telling a new tale every week. Her book of original tales is Ghosts International: Troll and Other Stories, published by Oxford University Press Bookworms Library. She runs Norfolk’s storytelling gathering Tales from the Undercroft in Norwich and Singalong Storytime for under 6s and their families".
Kelly is a local travelling artist who lives in a van. Working in mediums such as pen and ink, watercolour, acrylic and oils, Kelly aims to capture the magic of the present moment. She creates single line drawings, large murals and paints portraits. In her spare time she enjoys cycling, adventures with Fuggles the dog, travelling and also face painting at festivals.