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About ME

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Hello! I am Olivia, a professional storyteller based in London, originally from Northern Ireland.

I have been telling stories all my life and professionally for over fourteen years. I have an extensive repertoire of traditional folktales and historical stories. I am also frequently commissioned to devise and perform site-specific original stories. I work regularly with many of the major names in the cultural sector – such as Windsor Castle, the British Museum, the National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, the National Portrait Gallery, the National Trust, the British Library and Buckingham Palace.  


In addition to telling stories, I work extensively on storytelling projects with adults and children who have special educational needs or disabilities. I also devise and lead storytelling and story-making workshops for people of all ages. 

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Recent commissions include...

  • Curating and hosting Ships In The Night adult storytelling evenings on board the Cutty Sark
  • Devising and leading family storytelling walks for Culture Mile, Salters' Hall and the Museum of London
  • Exploring objects through storytelling for adults with learning disabilities at the British Museum
  • Creating and delivering adult storytelling based on Leonardo da Vinci's fables at the Queen's Gallery
  • Devising and delivering family storytelling sessions for Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace
  • Devising and delivering original storytelling performances for Windsor Castle and Westminster Abbey to celebrate Queen Victoria's 200th birthday
  • Seasonal storytelling on BBC London
  • Creating storytelling performances for the Spellbound exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum
  • Creating and delivering a site-specific storytelling performance for the re-opening of Pitzhanger Manor
  • Working with young adults with learning disabilities devising stories inspired by the James Henry Pullen exhibition at the Watts Gallery
  • Performing traditional folktales at the Polka Theatre
  • Mission: Invertebrate storytelling in the Royal Parks

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What people have said about me...

"I’ve had the pleasure of working with Olivia Armstrong at the Museum of London, the National Gallery and as part of Open House Families festival. Olivia brings incredible imagination, enthusiasm and magic to every story telling event she delivers. Through  careful and considered research, Olivia can bring any subject alive for families through her unique and interactive storytelling. From historical industrial objects to masterpieces painted by famous artists, Olivia creates ways of enabling families from all  backgrounds to form connections with venues and their collections. Families are always mesmerised by Olivia’s incredible performances and they return to venues time after time to enjoy her wonderful stories. I would definitely recommend Olivia to any venue  wishing to engage with a diversity of families in a bespoke and memorable fashion." - Sophie Draper (Open City)


"Olivia is amazing and keeps all the children engaged – we love bringing our daughters – thanks for the memories!"

"Most fantastic storytelling. Olivia is amazing. She should be here more often."

"Feeling even more festive now – what a beautiful, magical story. We came in the summer, and this has been in the diary for months!"

- audience members at Windsor Castle Christmas storytelling performances

Contact Me

I would be delighted to tailor my storytelling to your event and requirements. For bookings, commissions and queries I can be contacted  at oliviaarmstrong@hotmail.com and I am always happy to discuss my availability, my fees and how I can bring storytelling to you.

Olivia Armstrong - storyteller

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