I have been fascinated by traditional stories and storyelling since I was a child, growing up on a diet of the BBC Home Service in the 60s and 70s, Native American origin stories, Norse and Greek myths and a father who would drive around the country visting churches and telling stories both of the churches themeslves and of the far more pagan landscape they were embedded in.
I later became in humanistic psychology and the human potential movement when I trained to be a mental health nurse, and around this time, I had the honour of playing didgeridoo for Indigenous Australian Elder and storyteller, Francis Firebrace, who gave me permission to tell some of his tradition stories in return. I had the good fortune to be invited to do a workshop for a Girl Guide group in St Neots where I told some of his tales and was granted the singular honour of being made an honourary Girl Guide!
Since that time I have perfomed at festivals and open mics, set up my own storytelling circle which has run for over 6 years and been involved in numerous collaborations. My work has increasingly involved looking at the role of storytelling in personal wellbeing and community relations.