Sef Townsend​

storyteller

My Storytelling Events

2020

Another busy year in London schools, Muslim-Jewish stories at a Christian College, telling at clubs around England (Lichfield, Newcastle, London, & The Hare Moon Festival in Cambridgeshire), multiiigual telling in Roehampton, a new project with Spanish storytellers and musicians, and The Singapore Storytelling Festival (and that's only up to June, phew!). Maybe that leaves time for the new book 'Tales of London's River' for The History Press co-authored with Anne Johnson

KICKING OFF  2020 with:

"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 . . . . ALL CHANGE!

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 which can be viewed here 

www.worldstorytellingcafe.com/sef-townsend


EVENTS in 2019

January: 

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.

February:

THE PONGO'S DREAM, Matlock  

March:

THE PONGO'S DREAM, Stafford

The Bird in Hand, 1 Victoria Square

ST16 2AQ Stafford

Tuesday, 12th March at 7.30pm

April:

A Trip to Scotland . . .

To tell "WORLDS APART"

From his own research in Chile, Argentina and Korea Sef

brings stories from two completely different worlds

SCOTTISH STORYTELLING CENTRE, Edinburgh

Thursday 11th April, 7pm

https://www.scottishstorytellingcentre.com

THE PONGO'S DREAM, Cambridge

at the Edge Cafe,

https://theedgecafecambridge.org

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

May:

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

June:

The East Anglian Storytelling Festival

14th-16th June

Refugee Week

Stories of theMiddleEast

The Jameel Gallery, Victoria & Albert Museum

August:

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 Magic has 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.

http://www.everydaymagic.org.uk/music/

November:

And a storytelling & workshop tour

of Colombia and Ecuador

in November of 2019.  

December:

“Whose Story is it Anyway?”

Sarum College, Salisbury

Thursday 11thDecember, 10am-4pm

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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


January


THE PONGO'S DREAM or . . .

February











from islands at the end of the earth. These are the stories

stories of those who survived, and of those now inhabiting

Storytelling Nights for Grown Ups 

March:

Sat & Sunday, 3rd & 4th March 2018 

in Athens, Greece www.e-mythos.eu 


March:

from Iñigo Mikeleiz Berrade on button accordion.

. . . And also at

on Friday, 24th March, 8.00 pm

April:

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

May:

THE PONGO'S DREAM

SURREY STORYTELLERS, Ewell KT17 2AS

The Pongo's Dream at Storyvibes

Proud to be launching a new spoken word event:

Tues 29th, Kitchen Garden, Birmingham B14 7SA 

June:

LONDON FOLK TALES for CHILDREN

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.

June:

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

September:

75th Anniversary Year

in the woods in

natural treasure.


Saturday 8th September 2pm-5pm 

Stories from the darker side of Talmud

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

STORIES at THE LANGUAGES FESTIVAL

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.

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

December:

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

www.40winks.org

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. 

November


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.

January

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EVERYDAY MAGIC

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.

August:

September:

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

October:

Robertsbridge, East Sussex

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

Oldham Library & Lifelong Learning Centre. www.oldham.gov.uk

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