The Legend of Vortigern is now available from the History Press here.
For details of book-signings and other promotional events, click here.
Praise for The Legend of Vortigern:
“One of the English storytelling scene’s top hands. He knows his onions … You can tell straight away that you’re listening to a storyteller here … that flavour of orality is never far away. The economy of language and characterisation, the masterly pacing: by these devices the author steers us through a complex narrative and several decades of time at a brisk pace without ever feeling rushed along. … It works! And you close the book with a firm sense that, legend or not, this is how it might well have been.”
Contact me via this website, or call me on 07772 947753.
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I’m a writer and independent scholar, specialising in oral and traditional narrative. I’ve worked in a number of capacities as a storyteller, musician, composer and workshop leader. I’ve researched and told stories live around the world, and written, co-written and published poetry, fiction, non-fiction, translations, and scripts. I obtained a PhD on contemporary storytelling at Sheffield University’s National Centre for English Cultural Tradition in 2001 (here it is in a nutshell). I teach storytelling and creative writing at Derby University. My work with Tim Ralphs on the epic of Gilgamesh was awarded Best Collaboration at the 2012 BASE Awards. I co-wrote the script for the award-winning documentary Contempt of Conscience (2008). I’m starting to get more and more involved in editing publications for the Society for Storytelling.
I blog on stories and storytelling here.
I felt that those of us who were there had a very special evening. I was more excited by what you were doing than I have been for a long time. It just seemed very new and very right … one of the most exciting things I’ve ever heard.Katy Cawkwell
Gloriously witty, intelligent and satirical … easily the best storyteller at the Festival.Matthew Cox
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