For the four year old it's a story wrapped in a song
For the eight year old it's a battle with a witch or a giant...
Teenagers hunger for fear and horror
The twenty-something is lost in the story of the king who has three wives, five fast cars and a kingdom of boundless riches until one day....
And so it goes on; from birth to death. Stories are full of the world, it's surprises, it's ills and it's wisdom. They give us all, teller and listener, a chance to make sense of our journeys through this life.
Paul tells stories for many different groups of people and for many varied reasons and conclusions.
He has told them in theatres, museums, libraries, bookshops, cafes,
at Cambridge Folk Festival, The Edge Story Festival, in Weyland Prison
and at both Norwich and Colchester museums, and most recently at the newly-restored Polar Museum in Cambridge, where he and others were celebrating and exploring the life of the Inuit People.
Paul has also studied many world stories and told them in such places as celtic round houses, Native American tipees and Siberian yurts. In many a haunted house or hotel. He's told ancient English stories in the oldest Pub in Britain and mermaid tales on a wherry. There have been miller tales in a windmill, and in a cell used by the witchfinder General Matthew Hopkins Paul has told the stories of The Accused. He spent three years studying and telling the story of Boudica and told her tale in several historically important sites including Colchester Castle and at the banks of the Menii Strates where Sutonus Paulinus drove the Druids into oblivion before turning his legions against the might of Boudica's 100,000-strong 'wild army'.
Present work includes two touring performances:
The Gods and Whispers of the Arctic People
Telling from the heart. A Collection of Stories from Arctic Tribal groups such as the Innuit, Saami, Nenet's, Yakut's and Chukchi and also those tribes of the North west of America whose Stories hold the same 'Faith' and resonance. These Stories will be told atLatatude, Womad and Themes for Greenpeace.
The Rages and Fires of the Heart.
A collection of stories about passion, love, sorrow and Joy!
Maria. The Secret of the Broads. The boat that many fell in love with. Sailed for 90 years unbeaten, then hidden for more than fifty years, now her story is being told. Having had the Launch of this Project at Stalham in Norfolk, it will be taken around the East Anglia with other potent stories both historical and of a ghostly, haunting nature.
Storytelling sessions are often organised for independent organisations;
and also for private individuals on special occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries or parties.
Paul also runs Storytelling Workshops
If you wish to ask Paul a question about the way he works, about source material, background and of course about the stories, then either leave your comments in the Guest Book
or email him at his dedicated email for this website. He checks this site regularly and will endeavour to reply promptly to your enquiry.