beyond storytime has been made possible thanks to stories and music provided by tellers and musicians who wanted to support Beyond The Border International Storytelling Festival. We thank them all for their contribution. Here is some basic information about these generous people along with links to enable you to make contact with them.
David Ambrose has been at the forefront of the storytelling revival in Wales for the past 25 years, as a promoter, a performer, and as Artistic Director of Beyond The Border Wales International Storytelling Festival .
Tamar Eluned Williams won Young Storyteller of the Year in 2013 and has gone on to tour story clubs and festivals across the UK. She regularly works as a director/facilitator for Sherman Cymru and has a particular interest in using autobiographical and traditional storytelling with young people as a theatre making device.
Guto Dafis has performed as a storyteller at: The Beyond the Border Storytelli
Megan Lloyd is a storyteller and visual artist whose training as a classical Bharatanatyam dancer infuses her telling with the graceful expressive movements of Indian dance. To a backdrop of paintings and vividly colourful sculptures, Megan will be relating episodes from the classic Indian myth of Rama & Sita, ‘The Ramayana’ (Photo Paul Seligman)
Steve Killick is a Storyteller, Writer and Psychologist who uses stories in performance, education and health and well-being contexts. He works with children, adults and organisations. He uses stories to bring people together - for entertainment, learning or health - and is involved in all sorts of projects exploring the potential of storytelling for well-being and community. As a performer he is funny and thought provoking in his style.
Anne Lister specialises in telling tales from the rich folk heritage of the British Isles and Northern Europe, but sometimes includes stories from Ancient Greek myths and other folk tales. She is also likely to tell you tales from her homeland of Wales.
Francis Maxey has, for the last 21 years, been performing as a contemporary storyteller. He was a founder member of 'Beyond the Border Storytelling Company' and has performed at the Beyond the Border Festival. He has told tales in solo and joint shows across the country and abroad at various venues to numerous to mention.
Kamini Ramachandran is a storyteller based in Singapore with a wide Asian repertoire of stories. She founded MoonShadow Stories to promote the oral tradition of storytelling. She performs, teaches, produces, directs and organizes all things storytelling.
Carl Gough is a storyteller who is driven to help people rediscover the wonder and power of the oral tradition. His storytelling is infinitely flexible and a great way to bring a group of people together, inspire, entertain and bring subjects to life. His storytelling is 'atmospheric, lively, epic, awesome and spellbinding,' ...among other things.
Cath Little has a rich sense of the magic of stories and of their ability to connect us to one another, leading us gently to a clearer sense of ourselves and our place in the world.
Cath has performed at Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival, Glastonbury Festival, Festival at the Edge and The BBC Proms Folk Day. She regularly tells stories at The National Museum for Wales.
Phil Okwedy hosts the monthly storytelling night in Tenby, West Wales, and tells traditional stories that include tales from rural Wales as well as his family homeland of Nigeria. He often pairs up with musician/song-writer Mikey Price to perform sets of music and story.
Born and brought up in Barry in the Vale of Glamorgan, in an English speaking home, Eirwen Malin was educated through the medium of Welsh and absorbed the best of the oral culture of Wales from both languages. The tales she heard as a child are the foundation of her storytelling repertoire. Winner of the Storytelling competition at the International Festival of Folk Arts, Sidmouth in 1996, she has been a performance storyteller for many years...she is also the chair of the Beyond The Border International Storytelling Festival.
Kuljit Bhamra is one of the most inspiring and influential musicians, composers and record producers on the British Asian music scene. A pioneer of the worldwide Bhangra phenomenon, he combined traditional Indian rhythms, with western instruments and multitrack recording techniques, thus transforming Punjabi music into a new dancefloor sound. Since the age of 18 Kuljit has composed and produced over two thousand songs and is responsible for the rise to fame of numerous Bhangra and Bollywood stars. He has kindly allowed us to use his tabla drumming on some of our stories. www.kuljitbhamra.com
David Pitt (a.k.a. The Crowman) has a background as a musician and artist. He was formerly the Special Events Coordinator at Eureka! The Museum for Children in Halifax, where he devised and facilitated workshops and events for schools and family groups. He combines the telling of wonder tales, myths and fables with activities to stimulate creative play and imagination.
Peter Stevenson is a storyteller, illustrator,writer, artist, folklorist,film-maker, purveyor of a cabinet of curiousities,writer of Ceredigion Folk Tales and Welsh Folk Tales for the History Press, organiser of Aberystwyth Storytelling Festival, Stories by Gaslight, and Y Mabinogi Project. Despite this, he continues to wander the old Welsh tramping roads with a pack on his back, sketchbook in pocket, head in the clouds and feet in the mud, listening to anyone who will tell a tale.
Fiona Collins tells traditional tales from around the world, with a special interest in the tales of Wales. She especially loves telling stories in nature. She lives in the beautiful Dee valley in North East Wales. She works in English, her mother tongue, and Welsh, her second language.
Jez Danks is a Welsh speaker from Trefenter in Ceredigion, a stori-wr (story man) and musician who has also been a teacher, farmworker, builder, decorator, lorry driver and technician at Aberystwyth Museum. Many of the characters he has met along the way crop up in his stories, not least retired farmer Dai Versity (who may well put in an appearance at BtB….). Jez also wrote the music for the film The Funeral of the Last Gypsy King.
Clare Muireann Murphy is an Irish born, London based storyteller and writer. Clare performs all over the world to all kinds of audiences. Her latest solo show UniVerse asks where quantum physics meets myth. Her latest collaborative piece with Daniel Morden The Remarkable Tale of Robert Desnos is set to tour in 2018.
Fiona Angwin performs across the country as a storyteller and puppeteer, working as The Yarn Spinner (www.theyarnspinner.com), and is a member of the Society for Storytelling. She is also a freelance actress and writer, she has written a book of Manx Folk Tales, published by The History Press, and her novels Soul-Lights and Soul-Scars are available on Amazon. She builds puppets, for her own work and for other people, as Touchstone Puppets (www.touchstonepuppets.com). Fiona is currently involved in creating touring productions with Off Book Theatre, alongside her storytelling work.
Andrea Hofman is a professional storyteller from Fribourg, Switzerland who tells her Folk and Fairy Tales for both children and adults at Schools, libraries, youth centers, museums, festivals, and at private and business events. She tells in English and German and can be contacted through www.andreahofman.com
Judi Tarowsky is a storyteller from St Clairsville, Ohio. Her repertoire includes folk tales, ghost stories, and original historical narratives. Her performances have included the Three Rivers Festival (Pittsburgh); as a “new voice” at the Stone Soup Festival, (Woodruff, South Carolina); and at the Story Café at Beyond the Border (2014 and 2016). She recently served as president of the West Virginia Storytelling Guild. You can follow her on Facebook. (Picture by Karen Perkins)
Bevin Magama comes from Zimbabwe and now lives in Cardiff. He brings the sights and sounds of his native Africa to our collection. Find out more at www.bevinmagama.com