The Room Behind the Bookcase ~ Episode 6 ~ Out of the Silence

Posted: June 29th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Podcast | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

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In this podcast I interview Simon Heywood about the stories of World War 1 conscientious objectors and his show Out of The Silence.

The intro music was from Hymir’s Maidens used you as a trough by Prometheus Project. Outro music was sung by Shonaleigh.


The Room Behind the Bookcase ~ Episode 5 ~ The Four Chambers of the Heart

Posted: March 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Podcast | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

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This podcast features Clare Murphy and was recorded by Tom Donegan of The Story Museum.

The intro music was from Hymir’s Maidens used you as a trough by Prometheus Project. The outro music taken from Death Jig by Sharron Kraus.


The Room Behind the Bookcase ~ Episode 4 ~ Epic Weekend 2014: The Iliad

Posted: March 16th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Podcast | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

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The intro music was from Hymir’s Maidens used you as a trough by Prometheus Project. The podcast featured Christine Cooper and Tom as well as audio clips from Tom Goodale, Mark Wainwright, Liz Cruze, Tara Hartley, Stephe Harrop, Tim Ralphs and Jill Barr.


The Room Behind the Bookcase – Making it your own

Posted: February 27th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Podcast | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

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Want to make a traditional story your own when you tell it? We ask Nell Phoenix how. Show notes in the comments.


The Room Behind the Bookcase – Contemporary & Traditional

Posted: April 1st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Podcast | Tags: , , , , , | 3 Comments »

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All Things Girl Interview – Exciting Edinburgh News

Posted: March 4th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

By some weird coincidence of gender and timing, I was the January “Man of the Moment” for All Things Girl. Melissa A. Bartell took the time for a lengthy interview and you can read it in full here. I talk about storytelling, my ministry and life stuff in some detail. Here’s an example of one question from it:

MAB: What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received? What advice would you like to pass on to others?

TR: I don’t really hold much with advice. There’s a story about a Rabbi that was famed for his wisdom and insightfulness. He kept two scraps of paper, one in each of his pockets, and his pupils had often seen him consulting them but nobody knew what they said. These pieces of paper were of enormous interest amongst his pupils, and each had a theory about what might be on them.

One day, finally, the pupils could stand it no longer and asked the Rabbi what lessons were so great that he carried them with him all the time. He showed them. On one piece of paper was written: “For me, the whole Universe was created.” On the other: “I am not even a speck of dust before the eye of God.”

The pupils were confused because these writings seemed utterly contradictory and so after some discussion they asked their teacher which, if either, was really true and which held the greater wisdom.

“They’re both completely true.” The Rabbi said. “But no human understanding is perfect, so each can only be good for one pocket.”

That’s how I feel about advice, I guess. That at best, it’s good for one pocket. But I did learn a really important lesson in 2012 when I caught the noro-virus and was as ill as I have ever been. So if I have to give you a single piece of advice from 2012 it would be: “Don’t get gastroenteritis.” (I think your readers probably call it a GI infection.) If I had to give you a single piece of advice from 2013, it would be “If you get the chance, go and see Venice.” We’ve just had our honeymoon there, and it was magical.

One life lesson a year. I think I can about cope with that.

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EXCITING EDINBURGH FRINGE NEWS! I will telling my show of Urban Devil stories, Rebranding Beelzebub at The Banshee Labyrinth during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August this year. Big shout out to the PHB Free Fringe, without whom this wouldn’t be happening. It’s going to be amazing! Follow the show on twitter by looking for #DevilTM and I’ll keep you updated here with developments. If you’re in Edinburgh for the festival then let me know. It will be my first time at the festival and it would be great to meet up and support one another.


The Story Forge featured on Sheffield Live!

Posted: July 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Blog | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment »

Way back in October we had one of the most crowded Story Forge open floor sessions yet. In part, this was because the Off the Shelf festival was ramping up and the city was buzzing with excitement about spoken word events.

Sheffield Live sent Laurence Peacock who listened, made some recordings, interviewed me, some tellers and some listeners. He’s created this really good introduction to the club experience.

You can read more about The Story Forge here, not much has changed since that post was written all those years ago! Perhaps it’s worth saying that the club has just celebrated it’s fourth birthday and that if you come along in July you’ll hear Simon Heywood telling you the story of Vortigern along with all the usual frolics.


Storytelling featured on Ideas Tap

Posted: June 22nd, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: | No Comments »

Recently, I was interviewed by Kirstie Swain of Ideas Tap on the subject of Storytelling. The resulting article has been published and, along with my ramblings, there’s some good stuff from storytellers and people working in storytelling across the country.

Read it here!
http://www.ideastap.com/magazine/all-articles/storytelling-revolution

Oh and she doesn’t get credit on the site, but it’s worth a shout out that the picture at the top of the article was taken by Erin Snyder at Dreamfired Storynights in Brigsteer.