Telling tales around the world

A few memories of what storytelling has given me

Photos from my tour in Laos and Vietnam, 2016.
Here with a distinguished listener behind my shoulder.

Photos from the H.C. Andersen Festival, Odense, Denmark, August 2015, which reveal exactly who these enigmatic storytellers really are!

On tour in Thailand and India, 2015.

Here performing in a school in Bangalore, India.

Photos from 5th Brixen International Storytelling Festival, November 2014.

A beautiful town in South Tyrol, with the first snow touching the peaks of the Dolomites.

Photos from 2013 Ljungby International Storytelling Festival, Sweden’s major storytelling event.

Learn more about the work of this wonderful museum and storytelling centre (this is the gate to the museum).

For me the highlight of my 2017 return was telling Prince Hat under the Ground.

In Bangalore, India as part of the 2010 HOO’s Tales Storytelling Festival.

See more photos of the week’s work in Bangalore and Chennai.

In Hong Kong at the Longman Storytelling Conference

In the audience were not only the two to three hundred teachers there to learn about using storytelling in the classroom, but also some Hong Kong students who came to listen to stories.
They were happy to help in the story of The Strongest of Them All

The Storytelling Corner, Central Park, New York
For many years every Saturday in the summer, the late Diane Wolkstein organised storytelling at the Hans Christian Andersen statue in Central Park, New York.
On this Saturday, Diane’s claim to have special guardian spirits for the rain proved completely accurate: as long as she, Julie Della Torre, Ken Setterington and I told stories, the heavy clouds were forbidden to let loose a drop. But as soon as I had finished my story of Free Melons, the rain fell with a vengeance!

At the German-Swiss International School in Hong Kong

At the International Storytelling Festival, Graz, Austria
telling the Wounded Selkie

Asian Congress of Storytellers


Yishun Secondary School

In Singapore, secondary school audiences can be larger – my biggest so far: 1600.

Important: getting to know the listeners.

Yishun Secondary School

A smaller performance at the school – 700 older students enjoy the tales.

Read what people have said about the performances

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Permission to tell outlines my views on copyright

For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling