The International
School of Storytelling

Performances and Events

Come and enjoy our performances and events in the Storytelling Hut at Emerson College and elsewhere!

School of Storytelling Summer Gathering 2018
Friday June 1st - Sunday June 3rd 5pm

Project presentations of students on Storytelling Beyond Words 2018, and gathering of our Storytelling Tribe.
Bookings will open in the New Year... keep an eye on our Facebook Page or the website page for further details.


Eleanor Longshanks - A Storytelling Performance
Written and Performed by Sue Macmillan and Hannah McDowall
Storytelling Hut at Emerson College
Saturday October 28th 7.30pm 

In November 1290, Queen Eleanor died. Edward, her King, erected 12 lavish memorials to honour her across the length of the country, topped and tailed by two splendid tombs in Lincoln Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. No English Queen before or since has ever been so etravagantly remembered. 8 of those crosses are now lost to history, and with them any public awareness of who she was.

The storytelling show, co-written and performed by Sue Macmillan and Hannah McDowell, gives intimate glimpses of Eleanor and Edward's life together: spanning 36 years of marriage, 16 children, two wars, years spent on crusade together in the Holy Land, the blossoming of a property empire, and the domination of Wales. It celebrates the chivalric culture they idealised, and the affectionate, formidable team they became.

1 hr 45 mins, with a 15 min interval for tea and cake.
£5 on the door.


My Mother's Country, and Looking for Narnia - A Storytelling Performance 
The Storytelling Hut at Emerson College
Saturday November 11th, 7.30pm

Tickets on the door £7/£5 

Storyteller Annette Armstrong has drawn on material from her life to produce two beautifully crafted, dramatic, and moving tales. "My Mother's Country' tells of an Irish girl with a lovely singing voice who arrived in London in the 1940s to seek her fortune, and a mysterious Stone Age temple on the River Boyne in Ireland called Newgrange. In "Looking for Narnia", Annette reveals how, as a nine year old, she fell headlong inside the covers of the C.S. Lewisclassic children's book 'The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrob', and discovered the magical land of Narnia. During the evening there will be opportunity for Annette and the audience to discuss the processes and decisions involved in composing, crafting, and performaing personal stories.

Annette Armstrong is a storyteller by profession. She learned her craft at the International School of Storytelling, Emerson College, Sussex, and trained in speech for storytelling, poetry recitation, and drama. She gives storytelling performance, and storytelling and drama workshops throughout the UK.




If the trees could speak…

Tales of Epic Struggles in the Dandakar Forest

Saturday the 9th of December 2017

8.00 – 9.30 pm in the Story Hut, Emerson College

Entrance by donation

The Ramayana is one of India`s great epic tales and widely known throughout South Asia. However, is this story as it is traditionally told, all there is to tell?  Who were the demons?  What was the war really about?  Where are the women`s voices?   The Dandakar Forest in Eastern India is the setting for the Ramayana. Today the Dandakar forest is again the site of bitter struggle. If the trees could speak, what stories would they tell?

Mining companies prowl the land hungry for the minerals beneath the trees. They are fiercely opposed by the Adivasi people who have lived in the forest for centuries. Maoist guerrillas fighting a decades’ old armed struggle for social justice also occupy the forest.  In order to clear the way for mining, the Indian government has gone to war against its own people.  What happens to an Adivasi woman who dares to make her voice heard?

This lively interweaving of a contemporary real life story with a feminist re- telling of a traditional myth is performed in honour of the courage of the women and men on the frontlines of a struggle to protect a forest which is in danger of becoming a place that will only exist in a story.

 Suitable for ages 14 and up.

If the trees could speak was created by Kerima Mohideen on the 2017 three month ISOS course Storytelling Beyond Words at Emerson College. Kerima is a storyteller and a teacher based in London. She can be contacted at or at

This performance will be just over an hour long plus a ten minute interval and some time for questions and discussion at the end.