I’ve just come back from the Storie In Tasca festival in Italy, where I told Tales from the Dark and Cold – tales of thieves and monsters; bigamists and shapeshifters; poachers, gamekeepers; and a desperate search for lost love. The festival was warm and friendly, and I explored the beautiful Borromean Islands on Lake Maggiore, home to white peacocks and golden pheasants. It was a delightful respite from the cold and gloom.

Future Work includes:

This coming December I’m touring Gawain and the Green Knight;
on Weds 11th at Torriano StoryNight in London,
on Thurs 12th at LunarSea, Brighton,
and on Sat 14th Dec in Barnstaple, Devon.

After that I’m telling Tree Stories as part of Kew Gardens’ Woodland Wonders Winter Festival. Between Sat 21st Dec and Sunday 5th Jan five storytellers: myself, Nell Phoenix, Lucy Lill, Alys Torrance, and Sef Townsend will be telling Tree-mendous Tales in a festival tent between the river and the giant Badger Sett at Kew gardens. Yes, it’s outside. But they sell hot mulled things in the cafes.

The gardens will be closed on Tues 24th and Weds 25th December.

January’s chill will be countered by Italian Tales at the Thenga Café near King’s Cross: Tuesday 21st Jan. There shall be tales of love, money, trade, women who tunnel through walls, and in our imagination, the scent of oranges and the warmth of the sun.

Practical Details:

Show: Gawain and the Green Knight
Date: Weds 11th December
Time: doors 7:30pm, show starts 8pm
Hosted by: Torriano StoryNight
Suitable for: ages 11+ (light swearing)
Venue: 99 Torriano Avenue, London, NW5 2RX
Closest Stn: Kentish Town
Tickets: £10/£8 on the door

Show: Gawain and the Green Knight
Date: Thurs 12th December
Time: doors 7pm, show starts 7:30pm
Hosted by: LunarSea Storytelling
Suitable for: ages 11+ (light swearing)
Venue: Southern Belle Theatre
Address: 3 Waterloo St, Hove, BN3 1AQ
Closest Stns: Equidistant between Brighton and Hove
Tickets: £10:30 on EventBright

Show: Gawain and the Green Knight
Date: Sat 14th December
Time: doors 6:30pm, show starts 7pm
Hosted by: Plough Arts @ St Anne’s
Suitable for: ages 11+ (light swearing)
Venue: St Anne’s Arts Centre
Address: Paternoster Row, Barnstaple, EX31 1SX
Closest Stns: Barnstaple
Tickets: £8-£10
Box Office: 01805 624624

Note: This is NOT the Plough Arts Centre in Gt Torrington. This is the Plough Arts Centre, St Anne’s, in Barnstaple.
Paternoster Row is a small pedestrian street that connects the High Street with Boutpont Street. St Anne’s is in a small green oasis in St Anne’s Churchyard.

Show: Tree-mendous Tales
Date: Sat 21st Dec- Sunday 5th Jan (NOT Tues 24th and Weds 25th December)
Storytellers Sarah Rundle, Alys Torrance, Nell Phoenix, Sef Townsend, and Lucy Lill: we’ll be taking it in turns
Time: 11am 11:30am, 12noon
Hosted by: Woodland Wonders Winter Festival, Kew Gardens
Suitable for: ages 4-104
Venue: Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Address: Kew, Richmond, TW9 3AE
Closest Stns: Kew Gardens (tube) Kew Bridge (SW Trains)
Tickets: adults from £12:50, children from £3:50

Show: Italian Tales
Date: Tues 21st January
Time: doors 7pm, show starts 7:30pm
Hosted by: The Quarterly
Suitable for: ages 11+
Venue: Thenga Cafe
Address: inside the One KX building, corner of Cromer St and Judd St
Address: 120 Cromer St, London, WC1H 8BS
Closest Stns: King’s Cross