Simon Heywood

storyteller, songwriter, composer, folklorist

…In words & pictures

Some examples of the work.

St Nicholas and the Innkeeper

A seasonal story I learned from the late Sheffield storyteller Peter Clarke, and tell in his memory. Merry Christmas!

Ships, Pips and Chips

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An excerpt from Tales from Darkest England, an evening of lesser-known stories from the dark side of the English storytelling tradition. Advisory: may contain extreme peril and violence, black dogs, dead moons, flying children, rose trees, Charles Dickens’ least favourite bedtime story, and a man from the Cambridgeshire drug squad.

Re-enactment, from Songs For Change

Songs For Change

Songs For Change is a call to songwriters old and new to put into words and music their observations of what’s going on in the world today; to write songs that reflect our times; indeed songs which have the power to change our world.



Duo with Shonaleigh— our return is imminent.

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Darkest England

Some posters and other images for the show, on its 2009 tour, as and when I can work out how to upload them.

Flipcharts are to thoughts as echoes are to voices

Some of my best writing is done on flipcharts and whiteboards. I sometimes record it before it’s wiped away.

Leviathan at x-church

The ribs they rise in rafters in the dark above my head.
The whale he goes his way upon the sea.
No woman now or man on earth knows anything of me:
It is as if I’m dead.

I wrote and sang a song for this exhibition by Sheffield artist Paul Evans, centred on a life-size drawing of a diving sperm whale.

The Betsy Jane

This year’s Christmas story – a legend of the West Cumbrian coast, first written down by John White in his Lays and Legends of the English Lake Country (1873).