Storytelling


Mike has been telling tall tales all his life, and decided to turn this into a career in 2008. He was Lancastrian born, but is now based in Nottingham, drawing his tales from Britain’s rich heritage and also from the four corners of the earth. His delivery is  warm and engaging, and he has a penchant for the strange and unexplainable.



Biography


Mike was a secondary English teacher for nineteen years, using ‘storytelling’ with classes before he even knew that it still existed as an art form! He worked in Mexico from 2004-2008 and found that storytelling was an incredibly powerful teaching tool in this country with a proud oral culture. His students and friends taught him many strange, magical Mexican stories and he often incorporates these into his performance. In 2015, he made a final break with teaching in order to concentrate fully on storytelling.

















        

A clip from the documentary ‘Stories’

Corporate and Charity Events


Mike can put together a bespoke collection of stories that reflect the theme of a training day or other event. Last year he was commissioned by ‘Small Steps Big Changes’, to help them with their Nottingham based training event:


Small Steps Big Changes is part of a larger national programme and brings into Nottingham a significant investment as well as a new approach to working with children and families from pregnancy until their fourth birthday. As you know, by working with all children in our selected areas to improve nutrition, language and communication, and social and emotional development and in doing so help our children to achieve more in life.


Our event was themed around these outcome areas and it was great for all of our delegates to hear your hand crafted stories reflecting each of these areas.


Feedback throughout the night and the following day has been generous and gushing in relation to your wonderful tales. We’re really pleased that you were able to take a brief and weave some magic around it for us. We hope that you continue to be a friend of the programme as things move forwards. With language and communication being central to what we’d like to achieve we’ll certainly keep you in mind for future events.”


Stephen McLaren - Small Steps Big Changes, Area Co-ordinator


Keynote Speaker


Mike has delivered a number of keynote speeches to schools, educational alliances and academy trusts on a range of topics, from the importance of storytelling in children’s development to the need for creativity in the classroom. He uses a compelling blend of story, reflection and audience interaction to motivate his listeners and, more importantly, keep them interested.


“Thanks so much for your brilliant input!”


Matthew Turton - Assistant Director, The Nottingham Catholic Teaching Alliance

Contact

For further information, email Mike at mexicantales@hotmail.com

Performances

Until recently, Mike was a resident storyteller at the Matlock Storytelling Cafe, a well established night that regularly fills the Imperial Rooms in Matlock on the first Friday of every month. As well as his work in schools, he has performed at festivals, pubs, clubs and cafes throughout the land. In 2010 he was the winner of The Black Country Story Slam, and early in 2011 he was invited by The Society for Storytelling to perform at their annual gathering. In November 2011 he performed at The Wellcome Trust’s Day of the Dead celebrations on a day when the gallery had its busiest ever day -

 “Mike’s storytelling sessions for the Day of the Dead family event at the Wellcome Collection were the perfect way to celebrate Mexico's most beloved tradition. His passion, enthusiasm and incredible talent kept hundreds mesmerised while making it an unforgettable experience for everybody.” Jimena Gorraez-Belmar, Events curator, The Wellcome Trust

In 2015, Mike was invited to perform at The British Museum as part of their own Day of the Dead celebrations.

Last year, after discovering that he lived within a mile of an excellent storyteller named Tim Ralphs, the two of them set up Beeston Tales, a club about to celebrate a very successful second year.http://www.matlockstorytellingcafe.co.ukhttp://www.timralphs.comhttps://www.facebook.com/groups/823224727744931/?ref=bookmarksshapeimage_2_link_0shapeimage_2_link_1shapeimage_2_link_2
 





Mike performing at The British Museum, November 2015

photo taken by Benedict Johnson for The British Museum

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