Simon Heywood

storyteller, songwriter, composer, folklorist

Recent work



Strange Majesty, Woodsisters; Dragon’s Breath, Dronfield; Shaggy Dog Storytelling, Hebden Bridge; Hull Freedom to Tell Tales Festival
The Tower of Bagel, Nottingham
Out of the Silence, commission for Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival, Chapter, Cardiff (preview); Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival; Hull Freedom to Tell Tales Festival; Objections to War Conference, Hull University

Featured storytelling, Stony Words festival, Stony Stratford; Strip the Willow, Sheffield; Hull Freedom to Tell Tales Festival; Festival at the Edge

Teaching and Workshops

The Full English, Shawlands School for the English Folk Dance and Song Society
Judge, Doncaster Book Award
Creative Writing and Narrative Arts, National Centre for Traditional Music
Tales in Trust, National Centre for Traditional Music

Research and Publications

Old Tales for New Teachers, funded research on traditional Jewish storytelling, Research for Learning and Teaching Fund, University of Derby
The Last Drut’syla? Lecture on traditional Jewish storytelling, George Ewart Centre for Storytelling, University of South Wales; Warburg Institute for the Folklore Society

(ed.) Lucky All My Life by Albert Hattersley, Dragonsbreath Books



Strange Majesty, Word of Mouth Storytelling, Manchester; The Story Forge, Sheffield
The Twisting Field, Staffordshire Knot Storytelling
The Tower of Bagel, Funkelvolgel, Belgium
Robin Hood, Nottingham Storytellers

Featured storytelling for private events; Multi-Faith Centre, Derby University; Festival at the Edge; Masham Arts Festival; Sheffield Aquarium, University of Sheffield; Leicester Storytellers;

Readings from The Legend of Vortigern in Sheffield, Waterstones; Sheffield, Blackwell’s; Rotherham, WH Smith; Barnsley, WH Smith; Festival at the Edge
Readings for book launch, David Clarke, Scared to Death, Sheffield

Teaching and Workshops

Research paper on traditional Jewish storytelling, Identity Conflict and Representation Research Centre, University of Derby
Embodiments of Dreams: Myths and Legends and Arts and Crafts Talk on William Morris, Northern Centre for Storytelling
Creative Writing and Narrative Arts, National Centre for Traditional Music
Tales in Trust, National Centre for Traditional Music


The Legend of Vortigern, History Press



The Tower of Bagel, Yard of Tales, Market Harborough; Matlock Storytelling Café, Matlock; Torriano Storynights, London; The Maltings, Farnham; Tales at the Wharf, Hebden Bridge; Menorah, Manchester; Word of Mouth, Manchester; Shepshed Watermill, Loughborough; Leicester Shul, Leicester
Robin Hood, The Story Forge, Sheffield; Oundle Literature Festival, Oundle; Tales at the Wharf, Hebden Bridge; Dragon’s Breath, Dronfield; Milgi’s Yurt, Caerdydd / Cardiff
Darkest England, West Country Storytelling Festival; Essex Storytellers

Appearances at Sheffield Folk Festival, Sheffield; Eccleshall Woods, Sheffield; Tales and Trails Storywalks Festival, Grasmere; Festival at the Edge, West Country Storytelling Festival; West Bridgford Literature Festival; Didsbury Festival; Beacons Festival, Sheffield; Off the Shelf Literature Festival, Sheffield; Morley Hall, Leeds; Ordsall Hall, Salford; The Telling, Doncaster

Teaching and Workshops

Storytelling Symposium, Canolfan Adrodd Storiau George Ewart Evans / George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, Pryfisgol Morgannwg / University of Glamorgan
Creative Writing and Narrative Arts, Halsway Manor, Crowcombe
After Grimm conference, Kingston University



Darkest England, Cambridge Storytellers, Unitarian Church, Cambridge; Festival at the Edge
Jack and Not the Beanstalk, Festival at the Edge
Robin Hood, Festival at the Edge
The Tower of Bagel, The Story Forge, Sheffield
Kala Kahani, Kala Sangam, Harrogate Theatre
Grand Concert: XVth International Brigade Memorial Trust, Sheffield Trades and Labour Club

Appearances at Festival at the Edge. Whitby Folk Week

Featured storytelling for Telling Tales, St Marks and Central Primary Support Schools, Knowsley, Liverpool; Uttoxeter Storytelling Festival, Thomas Alleyne’s School, Uttoxeter; Wisewood and Loxley Timber Art Project

Teaching and Workshops

1-day workshop, Cambridge Storytellers, St Andrews Church Hall, Cambridge
Heywood’s Triangle, introductory storytelling workshop, Festival at the Edge



Gunpowder, Treason and Plot, Flying Donkeys, The Voice Box, Derby
Gilgamesh, Lawrence Batley Theatre, Huddersfield
Tales of Robin Hood, Nottingham Library
Myths of Mercia, Festival at the Edge
Darkest England, Leeds Storytelling Club, Warwick Folk Festival, Folk Against Fascism, Matlock Storytelling Cafe
The Middle Yard, Settle Storytelling Festival

Featured storytelling in Flying Donkeys, Folk Against Fascism Sheffield, Shropshire schools, and elsewhere

Teaching and Workshops

Young Tongues workshops, Burton on Trent, for Young Storyteller of the Year
Creative Writing lectures and workshops, Derby University: Tricksters and Outsiders, Losing the Plot, Invisible Visions
Creative Writing workshops, Nottingham Contemporary
Storytelling workshop, Warwick Folk Festival



The Middle Yard: Brewhouse, Burton on Trent; Peel Centre, Peel, Isle of Man
Myths of Mercia: Birmingham Children’s Library
Darkest England: The Fat Cat, Sheffield; Tales at the Wharf, Stubbing Wharf, Hebden Bridge; Cartmel Village Hall; Rockingham Castle, Northampton; The Briton’s Protection, Manchester; Flying Donkeys, The Voice Box, Derby
Telling Stories: Wellcome Trust International Engagement Workshop, Bengaluru (Bangalore), India

Featured storytelling, Junior Yearly Meeting, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)

Teaching and Workshops

Telling Stories: Wellcome Trust International Engagement Workshop, Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
Seminar on contemporary storytelling, School of English, University of Sheffield



The Middle Yard, National Centre for Early Music, York; The Voice Box, Derby; Otley; Literature Festival; SAGE, Newcastle; Library Theatre, Sheffield; Normanton, Lincoln, Richard Attenborough Centre, Leicester; Hay-on-Wye Literature Festival
Derbyshire Tales and Legends, Quarndon Village Hall

Featured storytelling at Burton Storytelling Circle; Brewhouse, Burton on Trent; Busk Meadows School, Sheffield; Phoenix Music Club, Companions Club, Sheffield; Rotherham Children’s Book Festival; Stephenson’s College, Melbourne; Festival at the Edge; Sandall Beat Woods, Doncaster; The Beacons, Parkwood Springs, Sheffield; Bamford Recreation Ground; Noel Baker Community College, Allenton, Derby

Javalaka at New Rock Folk Club, Maltby; TUC May Festival, Chesterfield

Teaching and Workshops

Abbot Beyne School, Burton on Trent
Holmfirth Library
Ilkley Literature Festival