On this page you will find information about my storytelling for family groups in museums and galleries, early years sessions for unders 5s and my work with school groups.

Storytelling for Families

I regularly devise site-specific family sessions for galleries and museums, connecting their collections with stories. Museum collections inspire stories that can be biographical, historical, mythological or a combination of all three. Places that I tell regularly include the Museum of London, the National Gallery, the Horniman Museum, Cutty Sark, Dulwich Picture Gallery and Windsor Castle. 

I am always inspired by the changing seasons and customs and lore relating to them. I regularly tell seasonal stories for festivals such as Apple Day (Spitalfields City Farm and Fulham Palace), Tree Dressing (Horniman Gardens), Christmas (Covent Garden Piazza and Linenhall Library), Chinese New Year (Islington Museum), Hallowe'en (Horniman Museum) and Mayday (Museum of London Docklands) amongst others.

I devised an interactive performance for children working with digital publisher Onilo Books and created and delivered several children's Tour and Draw workshops for the National Portrait Gallery based on their annual Portrait Award exhibition.

 

Storytelling for Under 5s

My under 5s stories introduce children to unusual aspects of history, art or folklore and they are always related to the setting in which they are told. Most recently I have been part of the creative team developing a new under 5s programme for the National Gallery, where I am also one of the storytellers for their Magic Carpet storytelling. I have also been developing new under 5s storytelling sessions for the Royal Albert Hall using archive materials and stories as a way of bringing the Hall to life, and I worked with the staff of the Cutty Sark to help them devise and develop their Toddler Time sessions.

I tell under 5s stories for Historic Royal Palaces (Hampton Court and Kensington Palace) and the Horniman Museum and I am one of the team who devised Little Dickens, a programme of early years sessions at the Charles Dickens Museum.

 

Storytelling for Schools

I have an extensive repertoire of stories that relate to subject areas across the national curriculum and I can tailor performances to fit to specific themes that a class is studying. For example, recent school performances have ranged from animal tales to river legends, from Roman myth to London history. I have also taken the character of Boudica into schools to perform for pupils who are studying the Roman occupation of Britain.

I have worked on longer projects with schools on behalf of Children & the Arts, Creativity, Culture and Education and Eastside Education. I tell stories for school groups in the National Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery and I have facilitated sessions that involve school groups working in conjunction with  museums on long-term projects. Additionally, I have experience creating and delivering storytelling sessions for schools with children of complex physical and/or special learning needs.