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Marrakech International  Storytelling Festival

12th -19th February

On the Road to Isfahan

A veritable caravan of tales from the fascinating lands of the Levant through to this fabled city; stories of liars and thieves, of magical transformations, of witty wives, of greed and honesty, all accompanied, by well-loved songs of the area. Lichfield Tues. 14th Sep, 19:30 – 21:30


  BRITISH MUSEUM, Great Russell Street

  London WC1B 3DG

  Popular Korean Stories, Songs and perhaps a dance      or two The Chuseok Harvest Moon Festival  

  Chuseok Festival Activity Day

  Saturday 18th September, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.15pm

Little Amal's 10th birthday celebration

I was honoured to host the 10th birthday party at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, for Little Amal, (the giant puppet who travelled 8,000km from the Syrian/Turkish border in support of refugees,) and for children from across London. Here little Tamarai presents Amal with a bracelet she had made for her.

photo by Yotam Ottolenghi    

Looking back o​n 2020​

"In from the Cold"  at LunarSea Storytelling Brighton

The Southern Belle Pub, 3 Waterloo Street, BN3 1AQ Hove 

Friday, 10 January 2020 from 19:30-22:00

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In this darkest and coldest month of the Wolf Moon when the nights are long, and our instincts are to hibernate, gather round and hear a tale.

Sef will share stories learned from his travels around the world. From the snow and ice of the bitterest of Korean winters to the burning sun and scorching sands of the North African deserts, we will hear how the characters survive these hostile extremes.

"Tales of the Levant"

King's Head, 21 Bird Street, Lichfield, WS13 6PW

Monday 10th February 19.30-22.00

A caravan of tales which range from camels that cause trouble to snakes with personal fortunes; taking in knitting, cooking and and infantile inconti​nence, and arriving at the mischief of ghouls and the wisdom of Solomon. Accompanied by songs made famous by Sabah, the diva of the Middle East, and Fairuz and the darling of Lebanon.

More Tales of the Levant

Friday 6th March, 7.30

@ A Bit Crack Storytelling, The Cobalt Studio, 10~16 Boyd Street, Newcastle upon Tyne ,NE2 1AP 

And in May The Hare Moon Festival in Cambridgeshire, and The Singapore International Storytelling Festival in June, with schools, and workshops for teachers and Interfaith leaders in between

                              from Marc2020

                      COVID19 . . . . ALLCHANGE!

           The last event with an actual audience present was 6th March, and since then all has 

         been done by zoom tellings, sharing with audiences both in the UK and around the world


As well as telling on zoom meetings for clubs in 

 Britain, Northern Ireland, Peru anSingapore  ...

Digital Storytelling

I've also been sharing a few storytelling sets with 

World Storytelling Café link here:

And I have a new YouTube channel with songs, chants and join-in activities celebrating 

Diversity through Culture here:

EVENTS in 2019


by Anne Johnson and Sef Townsend

with illustrations by Belinda Evans,

was published during National Storytelling

Week in January 

LAUNCHED! with events at

The Museum of London,

V&AMuseum of Childhood,

and Rye Books, East Dulwich.





The Bird in Hand, 1 Victoria Square

ST16 2AQ Stafford

Tuesday, 12th March at 7.30pm


A Trip to Scotland . . .


From his own research in Chile, Argentina and Korea Sef

brings stories from two completely different worlds


Thursday 11th April, 7pm


at the Edge Cafe,

Friday 12th April, food from 6.30, telling starts at 7pm


Folktales of Korea with Sef Townsend

참여형 공연: 한국전래동화

Listen to the lively tales to celebrate Korean Children’s Day and join the traditional circle dance of

Ganggangsullae, with storyteller Sef Townsend.

Saturday 4 May:Victoria & Albert Museum, 11.00; 13.00; 15.00

A Trip to Northern Ireland...

Thurs, 16th May, at 7.30pm Adult Telling, Belfast

Fri, 17th May: Schools Multilingual Stories, Stranmillis

Sat, 18th May: Adult Storytelling Workshop, Cushendall

THE PONGO'S DREAM in Central London


The East Anglian Storytelling Festival

14th-16th June

Refugee Week

Stories of theMiddleEast

The Jameel Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum


Colaboraciones Inter-Culturales

Sonia Carmona Tapia (Seville) and I (London) embark on our project developing the telling of stories of migration, assimilation, rejection, and expulsion going back 500 years into this never ending human experience.

Stage One 5th - 16th August, Huelva, Spain

September & October:

14th-15th September

St Leonards Showground

Magdalen Road

St Leonards on Sea

TN37 6EG

Continuing telling in London Schools with Everyday Magic.

Every year over 1,500 children aged 3 to 11 have their imaginations fired up with colourful and vivid storytelling at school.

For the last twelve years Everyday Magichas been delivered by an association of 16 storytellers, artists, visual artists and musicians who captivate, inspire and excite the imaginations of children with their special brand of magic.


And a storytelling & workshop tour

of Colombia and Ecuador

in November of 2019.  


“Whose Story is it Anyway?”

Sarum College, Salisbury

Thursday 11thDecember, 10am-4pm


Big Top Christmas Party organised by the Children’s Charity Variety 

600 disabled and disadvantaged children come together  for food, fun and great activities with join-in storytelling from me.

Monday 16th December, at Corams Field, London,

and looking back on 2018




with Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade on button accordion.

. . . And also at

on Friday, 24th March, 8.00 pm



Telling an opening story (with Khaled Hakim on Daf frame at Muslim Awards for Excellence in Central London celebrating Excellent Service from Muslims to British Society




The Pongo's Dream at Storyvibes

Proud to be launching a new spoken word event:

Tues 29th, Kitchen Garden, Birmingham B14 7SA 


Writing this for The History Press with Anne Johnson with illustrations by Belinda Evans, and which will be published during National Storytelling Week in January 2019.

UK based Bangladeshi Culture Festival



Bethnal green, Derbyshire St, London E2 6HJ

June: Great Day Out Victoria Park

with Bangladeshi storyteller-poet Shamim Azad &

Tales, Songs and join-in games from all traditions for all the family

Sat,4th , 11:00-5:00pm

Using stories, songs and games to bring together families

people meeting each other.

Birmingham 0121 582 0767


75th Anniversary Year

in the woods in

natural treasure.

Saturday 8th September 2pm-5pm 


Je suis un Londonien. আমিএকজনলন্ডনলোক 

나는 런던 출신이다 Abu m Londoner 我是伦敦人

Jestem londynczykiem Tá mé ó Londain  

And so this month I will be working in schools in the riverine East End, where through story we will be looking at how we and families our ancestors speak, culminating in the Museum of London Languages of London festival.

Stories from the darker side of Talmud

Wed 12th Sept, 7.30 The White Lion, 24 Middle St, Beeston NG9 1FX

on Sat. 3rd; Sun. 4th November 2018.

Storie in Tasca - Festival Internazionale di Narrazione

Secoli di storie e canzoni hanno tenuto insieme un popolo Ma di che parliamo? Delle storie umoristiche degli Shlemiels e degli Shlemozzel dello Shtetl dell’Europa dell’Est? I Kabayeros e i Kantigas di Sarajevo e Salonicco? Oppure dei Romanceros vagabondi dell’Ebraismo mediterraneo e orientale?

O storie dal lato oscure di Talmud dove ci sono demoni regine, fantasmi maliziosi o ospiti non invitati nel letto di infanzia. . ? Prendiamo un assaggio di queste comunità molto diverse, ma in qualche modo connesse, di un popolo antico attraverso le storie che sono sopravvissute nei secoli.

12-13-14 October

October & November:

Stories for the whole family Sat,27th October, Sat 17th & 24th November @ 11.0, 13.00 &15.00

Spiritual & Cultural Appreciation Day

Wednesday 28th November, 9.30-15.30


Very happy to be sharing stories at this great event encouraging young writers of the Muslim community.  

العقبة ووادي رم - الأردن

And looking back in 2017

Winter term January to March

Stories from the darker side of Talmud and ancient Jewish folklore - The demon queen, the malicious ghost

Wed 18th January

Lichfield Storytellers

Wed 1st February , 7.30 Duke of York, Lichfield

A full day of creative storytellingwith all classes telling stories from across the globe.

Continuing throughout March with Everyday Magic's 3-year storytelling programme: "We Are Londoners" in London schools. 

Performance, Workshop & Research Tour

(This is in collaboration with Dream On productions, Buenos Aires).

40 WiNKS,Stepney, London E1

Family Storytelling together with Alia Alzougbi

Sat, 5th August, 11:00-16:00

V&A Museum & British Museum

left me open-mouthed and my skin frosty..."

Wed 7th June

Torriano Meeting House. 

The Rabbit on The Moon and other traditional stories 

Continuing our 3 year storytelling programme: 

The Hair In The Milk told by Sef Townsend

Door open at 7.30 for 8.00pm start. Tickets £7.00. 


See East Archive Trailer:

From the Street of Stories - from the Qissa Khwani

V&A South Asian

on the Temple Steps in the South Asia Gallery

Family stories and songs of the winter, the flowers that grow, and which are associated with the season of the cold.


SPINE FESTIVAL in Kensington & Bexleyheath

Action Songs, Chants, Dances & Join-in-Activities

Sat. 10th September Victoria & Albert Museum, London

October -December:

Tour of Argentina 

telling in schools in the Province and City of Buenos Aires, and working on my own Story Research in The Andes

This is in collaboration with Dream On Productions Bs As.

Robertsbridge, East Sussex

working with asylum detainees and with settled refugees in and around Oxford.

Oldham Library & Lifelong Learning Centre.

The conference examines the teachings of contempt in each of the three Abrahamic religions, and by doing so, learn how we can combat these.

National Storytelling Week

& Disabilty with all classes from Year 1 to Year 6




Stories for Chuseok 추석: 한국 가족 대축제 V&A London


I am delighted to be performing at the 2nd Edition of the festival following last year's successful premiere.

This year's theme is 'Ancestral Voices' and I shall be collaborating with Moroccan storyteller, Sara Kchirid,

telling ancient stories of the centuries old التعايش (Ata'ayush) or Coexistence of Jews and Muslims throughout Morocco.

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   Other events this year so far include . . .

-  My regular work in London Schools 

-  A 6 - month project using stories in work with 'Unaccompanied (child) asylum seekers​'       in Derbyshire

-  Performances of my latest work in Nottingham and Northampton:  

   'The Glory and the Pity of it - Convivensiya - التعليش - Side by Side'

      (Stories & songs of Al-Andalus - Safarad - medieval Spain)

 (More information to follow)

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January publication!

So happy to announce that . . .

London's River Tales for Children 

is now available in UK bookshops (they will promptly obtain it if not already on their shelves!). More details below where it can also be ordered directly from :

Schools Storytelling Spring & Summer 2022

Continuing regular storytelling sessions,  in London schools, with my lovely colleagues in 'Everyday Magic' throughout the Spring and Summer terms

More information on Everyday Magic here:

Marrakech, 12th-20th February 2022

The Marrakech International Storytelling Festival, hosted in the magical Red City, with a tradition of storytelling as old as the nearby Atlas Mountains. 

Performances staged in a number of venues including cafes, museums and historic riads. More than forty of the world's best kown storytellers and poets  telling in languages including English, Darija and Tamazight.  Workshops, educational outreach, socialising and opportunities for all to learn, grow and tell. 

Marrakech International Storytelling Festival

For Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee, 2nd & 3rd June, telling tales of three very impressive queens: our own dear 70-year-Jubilee-Queen Elizabeth; then there's 'Good Queen Bess' also known as Queen Elizabeth 1; and not to forget the wild Irish Pirate Queen, Grace O'Malley who, sailed up the Thames demanding to see Queen Elizabeth the First. 

Surprisingly Queen Elizabeth agreed, and they met in the Royal Palace down river at Greenwich. All three of these queens share much in common in their connection to the River Thames right here in London by Hay's Galleria.

Accompanied with join-in activity with singing, chanting and a little something to take home, along with other tales of London and the always eventful life on its river throughout history. And all of this in front of the wonderful fantasy ship, 'The Navigators', unmissable, in the middle of the Hay's Galleria.


            National celebrations 


                    Civic events


Fun times

Summer Events

Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival

Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire (SA19 6RT)

Fri 2nd - Sun 4th July

Engaging stories for families which directly connect to the magnificent 'Epic Iran'exhibition. As well as folktales from this story-rich land there will be a telling of 'Zal and the Simurgh' from the great Iranian epic, 'Shanameh', folk song and join in activity.

Victoria & Albert Museum, Sat 7th & 14th August

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