Storytellers


Peter Chand

Peter Chand is an international storyteller and workshop leader who has told his Indian stories all over Britain.  He has also enthralled audiences as far afield as Singapore, Canada, Greece, and Norway amongst other countries.  He is constant demand for his tales, whether they are humorous, thoughtful, dark, or full of wisdom!


Sharon Dickson

Born and reared in Belfast, Sharon evokes memories of the past with her Belfast Blitz monologue which she has performed to audiences right across Northern Ireland. Her repertoire of folk tales from Ireland and beyond is suitable to entertain listeners of all ages.


Nuala Hayes

Nuala Hayes is a storyteller, actor, and professional radio producer who has been collecting and telling folk tales for the last 20 years. She organized Dublin’s first Storytelling Festival, and was Artist in Residence in Co, Laois in 2002, where she collected and recorded stories from people of all ages from Laois, Offaly, and the Slieve Bloom mountains. She is the author of Laois Folk Tales.


Jack Lynch

Jack Lynch is one of Ireland’s most experienced and well-loved storytellers. Based in Dublin he has been a regular teller throughout Ireland and in far-flung places around the globe. A founder member of the Dublin Yarnspinners and of Storytellers of Ireland / Aos Scéal Éireann he hopes you will join him for an unforgettable evening of tales of travel to exotic climes and you may wonder how you can cross the ocean and still be at home.


Jan Blake

Jan Blake is one of Europe’s leading storytellers who has been performing world-wide since 1986. She was born in Manchester, of Jamaican parentage and specialises in stories from Africa and the Caribbean. Specialising in stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and Arabia, she has a well-earned reputation for dynamic and generous storytelling.


Pat Ryan

Patrick Ryan has worked as a teacher and professional storyteller for over thirty years.  He regularly tours Britain, Europe and the US performing, lecturing and conducting a variety of workshops. Born in Illinois, he had been based in London but recently located to Belfast, a place where he first told stories in the 1980’s.


Len Cabral

Len is an award-winning internationally acclaimed storyteller who has been enchanting audiences for decades. A great grandson of a Cape Verdean whaler whose grandparents immigrated to America from the islands off the coast of West Africa,  Len’s strong Cape Verdean ancestry comes alive in his exuberant retelling of African, Cape Verdean, and Caribbean folktales as well as original stories and tales from around the world.


Claire McNicol

Originally from Lisburn, Claire recently unearthed notebooks full of family stories told to her by her grandmother Violet who was born in 1910.  She found a micro story of her own family which unfolded against the backdrop of the macro story of Ireland and its impending partition. Claire is bringing this story back to Ireland from her home in Scotland and hopes to hear echoing stories in the process.


Marianne McShane

Marianne was born and raised in County Down but now lives near Stamford, Connecticut. She has told stories at major festivals on both sides of the Atlantic and is well known for her expressive interpretation of Irish legends and Wonder Tales. Allow yourselves to be transported to a Celtic Otherworld of spells and enchantments.


Ruth Kirkpatrick

Scottish storyteller Ruth Kirkpatrick likes to tell all kinds of stories, Scottish and international, to all kinds of audiences, young and old. Over the years she has developed a magpie like quality for finding a ‘gem’ of a story for any setting. Performing with a great mixture of warmth, sensitivity and humour, Ruth creates a natural rapport with the audience, making the listeners part of the tale. 


Karen Edwards

Karen Edwards hails from the Glens of Antrim and delights her audience with a range of folk, fairy and comical tales, enhanced by tunes on her Killarney whistle


Liz Weir

Having told stories for over 40 years Liz is the first recipient of the Armstrong Storytelling Bursary and has been Storyteller in Residence for Libraries NI since 2016 . She is a skilled workshop leader and trains storytellers as well as telling stories to people of all ages and abilities, She has travelled the world sharing and promoting the traditional art for which Ireland is famous.