Sef Townsend - storyteller
COMING UP NEXT in 2017. . .

Autumn Term:
Everyday Magic
















with the wonderful Charlie Higgs of Everyday Magic
Continuing our 3 year storytelling programme: 
"We Are Londoners" in London schools. Through story, song and rhyme we are aiming to strengthen children's sense of their own self, their identity and their place in the world

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November
EAST Storytelling at  Season of Bangla Drama
At Rich Mix














Stories and songs from people living in East London or linked to the area through work, family or history, bringing together a range of cultural backgrounds, ages and experiences.
Friday,10th November 7.30-9.30 Rich Mix
35 Bethnal Green Road, London E1
See East Archive Trailer:

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December
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew - WINTER

Family stories and songs of the winter, the flowers that grow, and which are associated with the season of the cold.
Boxing Day, 26th December from 10.30 onwards

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And looking back in 2017

January

Winter term January to March
Everyday Magic
Continuing with Everyday Magic's 3-year storytelling programme: "We Are Londoners" in London schools. Through story, song and rhyme we are aiming to strengthen children's sense of their own self, their identity and their place in the world

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Birmingham Storytelling Café

The Hair In The Milk told by Sef Townsend



Stories from the darker side of Talmud and ancient Jewish folklore - The demon queen, the malicious ghost
the uninvited visitor at the maternity bed...
How do mere mortals cope?

Wed 18th January

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February


Lichfield Storytellers
The Hair In The Milk told by Sef Townsend
Tales in the Courtyard is a unique club in Lichfield, open to all adults, bringing the traditional art of storytelling to modern audiences.

Wed 1st February , 7.30   Duke of York, Lichfield
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Lichfield
A full day of creative storytellingwith all classes telling stories from across the globe.
With traditional English stories, as well as Chinese, European, and African Tales and songs about the Romans and Greeks to fit in with projects being studied by the children at the moment.   
  
Thurs 2nd February, St. Michael's School, Lichfield            
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March
Everyday Magic
Continuing throughout March with Everyday Magic's 3-year storytelling programme: "We Are Londoners" in London schools. 
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April - May

CHILE and ARGENTINA  7thApril -16thMay












Performance, Workshop & Research Tour  
I'll be touring schools in Santiago  de Chile,  Valparaīso,Viña del Mar and Buenos Aires presenting performances, workshops and teacher training in storytelling. This will be preceded by a period of research in the Atacama desert region of the far north of Chile. I did similar research in N.W. Argentina a couple of years ago, adding to my knowledge of the wonderful culture of the people of the Andes.
(This is in collaboration with Dream On productions, Buenos Aires).


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June:
"TALES FROM THE GRAVE"
40 WiNKS,Stepney, London E1


"Scary

Gruesome 

Elegant 

Quirky 

Opulent 

Horror






 ...supreme detail in his every expression and movement...
...his ghoulish tale
left me open-mouthed and my skin frosty..."
(Review in The Arbuturian for the last Tales of the supernatural at this unusual venue)
Wed 7th June 
40 WiNKS, 109 Mile End Rd, London E1 
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"THE PONGO'S DREAM"

THPONGO'S DREA
told bySef Townsend, 
music
by Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade 


Wed 14th June 
Doors open 7.30 / Stories start 8pm
£8 incl a sip of something lovely
Torriano Meeting House. 
Nearest tube station: Kentish Town (Northern)
99 Torriano Avenue, London NW5 2RX
Just back from touring Chile and Argentina,
Sef returns to StoryNight with tales from that 'other', often overlooked, América. . . - from deserts, mountains, from vast plains, and from islands at the end of the earth. These are the stories of the people who disappeared from the land, the secret stories of those who survived, and of those now inhabiting all corners of this remarkable world.

With the captivating rhythms of Tango, Cueca and Chacarera from Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade on button accordion.

"One of StoryNight's favourite tellers . . .
'All Sef's stories are heart-felt and meticulously researched. His performances are at times finely nuanced and at others wild affairs of joyful singing and arm-waving. Love it!"
Nell Phoenix 
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August:
Victoria Park Day - A Great Day Out
Family Storytelling together with Alia Alzougbi 
Stories from all traditions with the great Middle Eastern teller, Alia. 
Tales, Songs and join-in games for all the family
Sat, 5th August, 11:00-16:00
Located around the Bandstand, Area C, Victoria Park,
London E3 5TB
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September:

Stories for Chuseok 추석: 한국 가족 대축제
V&A Museum & British Museum



Sat. 30th September Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Stories for the whole family at this traditional 
Korean Harvest Moon Festival.
The Rabbit on The Moon and other traditional  stories 
Location: Meeting point Level 1, Korea, Room 47g 
 

                  
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Autumn Term:
Everyday Magic














Continuing our 3 year storytelling programme: 
"We Are Londoners" in London schools. Through story, song and rhyme we are aiming to strengthen children's sense of their own self, their identity and their place in the world

                     ...

October
BLAST! Beautiful Lies and Startling Truths
Bishops Castle Storytelling Series
The Hair In The Milk told by Sef Townsend














Friday, 6th October
Bishops Castle Town Hall, www.bishopscastletownhall.co.uk
Shropshire, SY9 5BG 01588 630023 
Door open at 7.30 for 8.00pm start. Tickets £7.00. 
Tea, beer and homemade cake available.

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November
EAST Storytelling at  Season of Bangla Drama
At Rich Mix














Stories and songs from people living in East London or linked to the area through work, family or history, bringing together a range of cultural backgrounds, ages and experiences.
Friday,10th November 7.30-9.30 Rich Mix
35 Bethnal Green Road, London E1
See East Archive Trailer:

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December
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Family stories and songs of the winter, the flowers that grow, and which are associated with the season of the cold.
Princess of Wales Conservatory
Boxing Day, 26th December from 10.30 onwards

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LOOKING AHEAD in 2018
January to July







with the wonderful Charlie Higgs of Everyday Magic






"We Are Londoners" in London schools. Through story, song and rhyme we are aiming to strengthen children's sense of their own self, their identity and their place in the world

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March
THPONGO'S DREAM at Lichfield






From recent research in Chile and Argentina Sef brings tales from that 'other', often overlooked, América. . . 
- from deserts, and mountains; from vast plains, and from islands at the end of the earth. These are the stories of the people who disappeared from the land, the secret stories of those who survived, and of those now inhabiting all corners of this remarkable world.

Wed 7th March, 7.30 Tales in the Courtyard, Lichfield 


LOOKING FORWARD to:


Looking back from 2016 to 2008

Ye Old Rose and Crown, 10 Market Square,

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Wed 20th January at 7.30

Sat 30th January 11.00-17.00 info:rienvm@yahoo.co.uk.
      
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continuing storytelling throughout the year with this great organisation which is dedicated to bring story and music into London schools.
March
SPINE FESTIVAL in Kensington & Bexleyheath
But FAMILY SHOW on Saturday 5th March 2016
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With Daedelus Theatre Company and poet, Shamim Azad.





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With Jumana Moon.

with thanks to the family Napoli

Action Songs, Chants, Dances & Join-in-Activities 
Fri 15th-Sun 17th July, Stokes Barn, Much Wenlock, 


Sat. 10th September Victoria & Albert Museum, London
Location: Meeting point Level 1, Korea, Room 47g 
Fri. 16th September British Museum, London
Family stories 11.30, 13.00 & 14.15  in The BP Theatre
October -December:
Syrian Stories and piano



November:
Story Night at Torriano

Stories from the darker side of Talmud and ancient Jewish folklore - The demon queen, the malicious ghost
the uninvited visitor at the maternity bed...
How do mere mortals cope?

Saturday 24th January 2015, 7:30PM 
Sef Townsend - Tales from the Qissa Khwani - 



 been like that. Sef Townsend shares some of the 




                         ... 
the year with this group of storytellers and 
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Wytham Woods, an area of ancient semi-natural 
Sat 16th May, Wytham Woods, Oxford
Storytelling, Teaching & Research in Argentina




The Andes. This is in collaboration with Dream On 

Adults and children


"An annual international storytelling festival and 
Nestled alongside the magnificent and magical 
Shropshire
August:
Interfaith storytelling and workshops with Jumana Moon

Fri 31st July-Sun 2nd August
September:
and music into schools'
Stories for Chuseok 추석: 한국 가족 대축제



Sun 13th Sept, 11:00- 5:00 pm
October:



For the month of October I'll be working in schools 
Dream On productions, Buenos Aires.




Stories for the end of the Year
Robertsbridge, East Sussx
Canvas & Cream, Forest Hill, London 

'Already this year the East End Storytelling Project, East' is well under wayworking with all the  communities of the East End to share stories of our various journeys to what has now become Home.
working with asylum detainees and with settled refugees in and around Oxford.
(Including Parents Circle-Family Forum members, The Abraham Path and The Ramallah Museum, and a wonderful visit to the Samaritan Community on Mount Gerezim, Nablus)
 Working again with the 'East' storytelling group, 



A woman finds herself cast adrift...in a strange land 
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Oldham Library & Lifelong Learning Centre. www.oldham.gov.uk
                


           
National Paralympic Day, 
Sat 30th August




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Stowtellers: Walthamstow Storytelling Club
10th November 2014




Confab
In the autumn term of 2012, Year 5 pupils took part in a Linking Programme
Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road,
London NW11 7SX
Tel: 020 8457 5000
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All day storytelling, for schools, families, and adults with theaim of bringing the Korean and non Korean communities together in this unique corner of The Borough of Kingston.
collaborating with Storyteller Gauri Raje in a participatory storytelling project that aims to reach immigration detainees based in Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre and diverse community groups in Oxford. Building a bridge between the groups through creative channels. We are providing a 3 year structured storytelling project which you can share in...
Campsfield immigration
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with language students & their teachers
The conference examines the teachings of contempt in each of the three Abrahamic religions, and by doing so, learn how we can combat these. 
 
2012
National Storytelling Week
with young women from the ages of 16+  with leadership potential from differing cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. . .
"Leadership for Peace" (towards peace education in schools) 
 March:  

prior to a three year
parts of the world.





April:
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"Leadership for Peace" (towards peace education in schools)
Siach - שיח  
Workshop exploring how we can learn from each other’s experiences and how hearing others stories can help us to develop a greater understanding of conflict.  
Mon 2nd - Fri 6th July, 2012
more info: 01297 631113
"Visit the amazing and intimate storytelling tent in the Poets' Circle for tales from around the world to astonish and delight you. Come inside, get comfy and be transported to the magically world of stories. . ."    Price: Free
Essex Church, Palace Gdns Terrace,W8)
19th - 23rd,September, 2012
Paddington Green Primary School, London W2
40 WiNKS,
Radicalisation and (the voice of) victims of Terrorism
The Hague, The Netherlands
Hosts:NAVTNetwork of Associations of Victims of Terrorism
Link up project for faith schools
                      
                             
             

2011
& Disabilty with all classes from Year 1 to Year 6
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the Middle Sea, with help from Italo Calvino.
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and
Jerusalem
21st June  at 8.15  
events from Korea,
Family Storytelling and related craft workshops Sat 10th,Sun 11th Sept from 12.00 to 5.00pm 
Katwoude, Bergen (NH), 
Storytelling activities in Jewish, Sikh, Catholic
2010 Events
young Inner London Secondary Pupils
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Glencree/Kippure, County Wicklow, Ireland.
Tortworth Court Hotel, near Bristol, 16 to 18 April 2010.
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In order to talk to each otherIsraeli and Palestinian Combatants For Peace
May 28th-30th 'Continuing the Journey'
Storytelling workshop with refugees on notions of what
Un Kuento de la Mar del Çentro'
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Surrey KT17 2AS - contact Richard 07766 475750
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'A Tale of the Middle Sea -
including:
                                        
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Traditional Performing Arts in Seoul)
October: 
17 October at 3pm.     
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November:
World Day of Prayer at St. Pancras Old Church,
Hanukkah Stories for the whole family

Events Archive 2016-2008 
(continued from first column)
 
Palestine/Israel -Follow Up Tour  November  2009
After many successful meetings during 'Healing Words'  and Gate to Humanity Peace Festival, 2009, Sef  worked once again with storytellers and listeners  in several locations in The Holy Land.
Click any picture to see larger version  
Despite having to fend off the army to  get a few minutes together, (see picture background) Palestinians and Israelis share in some fun at a 'listening circle' at one of the few border checkpoints where it is just possible to meet.
picture - Working  with Combatants For Peace, Shufa, Palestine, 17th May 2009
more info: scroll down to 'Healing Words' in link
 
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'Tiger Tales' - Korean Stories at The British Museum 
7th November 2009
Korean Gallery at 12.00; 1.00; 2.00; and 3.00pm.
(organised by The Korean Cultural Centre, UK) 
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The Quest for Vision - Storytelling as a Healing Art -Sat 26thSept 2009 Telling about 'Healing words - 2009'
A Day Conference that brings together storytellers and psychotherapists to explore where the edges of their work meet  9:30 am – 5:00 pm
THE NAVE, 1 St Paul’s Road, London, N1 2QN
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Miraj - The Night Journey and Ascension
13th - 19th August 2009 Telford (Ulfah Arts)
Al-Isra w'al Mi'raj the great mystical journey of Muhammed, in preparation for Ramadan
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The Annapurna Himalaya by Maidstone Schoolchildren for Nepalese Celebration Day
Nepalese Celebration Day - Maidstone Library
17th October 2009 from 2.30 pm
Storytelling with the local Nepalese community and Ghurkha families, together with a launch of an exhibition of work on Nepalese life. (For children, parents & carers) 
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Storytelling at 'Library in the Park' Maidstone Library, Kent4th August 2009 Storytelling in Maidstone Park with a storywalk through this historic environment  
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Healing Words - Palestine/IsraeTour - May 2009
שלום- Peace - السلام
Storytelling & workshop Tour throughout the Holy 
Land and Gate to Humanity Peace Festival, Galilee, 
Israel

Healing Words Fund raising for Palestine/Israe
 שלום- Peace - السلام - Stories for Peace
An evening of stories and music with a programme of internationally renowned story tellers incl. Roi Gal-Or,
Muna Shaheen, June Peters, Sharon Jacksties- music
from 'Hawa u'al Sababah' - hosted by Sef Townsend & Lalage Harries .Friday 24 April 7.30pm                          
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British Library  ‘Taking Liberties’

Family Storytelling  16th-20th Feb 2009
10.30 - 11.30 and 2.30 - 3.30
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 National Storytelling Week - Richmond Libraries 31. Jan-7. Feb 2009 "From the Land of the Morning Calm - Stories from Korea"                
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Clapham & Stockwell Faith Forum  - Dec 2008
Seasonal Celebration Stories
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Narratives of Hope - Nov 2008: The power of    narrative and story in peace-building, St Ethelburga's Centre for Peace & Recociliation                      
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 The Web Festival 2008 : A World in Stories Cross Cultural Storytelling Project  (East Staffs)                 
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 Leicester Libraries Storytelling Project
Storytelling with Unaccompanied Minors 2007-08
 
 
 
                                         
 'A Tale of the Middle Sea   قصة من البحر الأبيض المتوسط   -  
סיפור מהים התיכון -  Un Kuento de la Mar del Çentro'
 (Image: Karin Ferry)
 
 
 



 
'A Tale of the Middle Sea - قصة من البحر الأبيض المتوسط   -   סיפור מהים התיכון
Un Kuento de la Mar del Çentro' with Sef Townsend & Raphael Rodan

 
 
 
 
 
 De Vertelschuur, Bloemendaal, Nederland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
قصة من البحر الأبيض المتوسط - סיפור מהים התיכון
'A Tale of the Middle Sea - Un Kuentode la Mar del Çentro'
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Scary
Gruesome
Elegant
Quirky
Opulent
Horror
 
 
...supreme detail in his every expression and movement...
...his ghoulish tale
left me open-mouthed and my skin frosty...
(The Arbuturian)
 
 
40 WiNKS, 109 Mile End Rd,London E1
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
Korean Stories for the Thames festival 2010
 
 
 
 
 
   Faith in Camden and
   World Day of Prayer, November
     
 
 
       Communities Together
       Inspirational Stories
       for
       Interfaith Week
      Camden Central Mosque 
Performing with Raphael Rodan  (Image Pennie Hedge)

 


























At the Stafford Knot Storytelling Club


























Yang Myung-Hee . . . taught me Korean vocal technique


















School Notice Board, Suzhou, China