The Magic of Story
The fire is lit, the stage is set, a hush descends…
Images dance round the room, coloured forms leaping in the shadows as the storyteller steps forwards and begins the tale…
Stories are important. They shape our sense of self, our relationships, our thoughts, our actions. Whether told through ink-marks on the page, words in the air, or colourful shapes, stories can change our lives. They can show us worlds we’ve never seen, teach us of people long dead and guide us on the road ahead.
There is something magical about art of all kinds, it can lead us down the rabbit hole and heal our hearts.
I’m a born performer and love nothing more than to be sharing stories, true and beautiful, with you. So here I am.
Find some of my storytelling on YouTube:
The Faery Doctor is in.
Pop up storytelling with a medicinal twist.
“Tell me what ails and I’ll tell you a tale.”
Stories told to individuals and small groups who approach the Doctor – or who are lured in by Maurice the Gryphon.
An unusual addition to any event.
The Goblin Circus
Halo has regularly enchanted audiences with the Goblin Circus, an all ages one-woman-many-goblin storytelling show.
Imagine a Big Top held in an acorn.
Imagine a circus that is home to many fairytale characters.
Imagine a show held by invisible, friendly, goblins…
The Goblin Circus is what happens when fairytales don’t quite end as you expect… when the wolf is the girl, and they both need a new home… and a storyteller takes up the top hat and tails of a ringleader.
Tales after Dark
For adult audiences only.
Tales dripping with innuendo and grown-up themes…
Stories to make you chuckle and blush.
Somewhat lewd but rarely crude…
Because not all stories are for children and there’s pleasure in something naughty, just for us… after dark.
Halo is a versatile storyteller with a background in theatre and running events as well as telling tales, and would be delighted to add an extra sparkle of magic to your event.
Stories offered for steampunk, fantasy, pagan, and general audiences. Myths, fairytales, and creative re-imaginings a speciality.
Please specify the nature of your event and expected age range of the audience when enquiring.
Here for Fantastical Events? Find the Goblin Masquerade in Borth, Ceredigion here.
The Storyteller’s Story
Once upon a time, a long way away, a small girl emerged from the trees where she’d been conferring with faeries and practised her magicians’ patter on a watchful audience, thus beginning a lifelong fascination with performing, stories and magic! Before long she had traded top-hats for puppets and then puppets for music and music for the stage. Throughout it all the Faeries whispered, go here. Try this. Ask them… and stories gathered like a flock of birds looking for somewhere to roost.
One day, she woke up and realised that stories followed her and spilled from her lips in response to every moment. They called her into adventures and wrapped her up at home. They poured form her pen and her paintbrush. Stories of love and loss, adventure and coming home. Fighting and feasting and courage and being just enough. True stories and half stories and stories barely recalled… That day was the day her story changed, for she learnt for the first time that the sacred title belonged to her. Storyteller.
I have told tales in in an Iron Age roundhouse…
I have bewitched audiences in improvised performances…
I have enchanted bardic circles…
I have sung songs on stage of love and dragons…
I have woven webs of wonder and carried audiences to faeryland and back again!
I was once terrified of being seen, of any kind of stage. The child that spent hours practising magic tricks and ventriloquism grew up into a teen that froze and cried in front of just two people! I’ve worked hard to undo that knot, to unweave the web of terror so I could leap on stage with an audience of 100 as easily as an audience of five. It began with shakily sharing my paintings with a friend and has included proudly performing at short notice before conference delegates, singing for a Bardic circle, performing poetry at a boat club and more. My art has been exhibited in several (small but mighty) venues and continues to enchant those that see it.
Will you join me on my next big adventure? See me at…
About the Bard: As a storyteller, Halo has told tales across Britain, worked in living history as an iron age bard, created a delightful “one-woman-many-goblin” show; The Goblin Circus, and runs Fables, a local storytelling circle in her home county of Ceredigion. She specialises in myths, legends, and fairytales, and is often seen wandering an event with dragon or gryphon in tow.