Storyteller Directory Entry

Abbie Simmonds

Brighton-based Abbie is a passionate performer of myths, folktales and folksongs, particularly those from the snow capped mountains of the north. Abbie enjoys exploring the liminal spaces where the mythic finds relevance in the modern, and tales of warrior goddesses, trickster ravens and troubled Kings from long, long ago find renewed truth in the present moment. 

Abbie trained in Drama and Theatre at Goldsmiths College, before qualifying as a secondary school English and Drama teacher. Her belief in the power of story to inspire and engage has led her to train with some of the UK's top storytellers including mythologist Martin Shaw, Crick Crack Club founder Ben Haggarty and tradition bearer Shonaleigh Cumbers. She trained and worked at the International School of Storytelling between 2010 and 2014 and went on to produce storytelling performances for Treadwells Bookshop, Pagan Conference, ONCA art Gallery, Brighton Museum, Festival at the Edge (with Brighton Storytellers), Winter Storytelling Festival, Weald and Downland Museum, Templar Publishing as well as storytelling clubs and events. 

She also writes for EcoKids Planet Magazine and collaborated with Brighton Museum, editing stories and producing a story-based trail for their highly acclaimed War Stories exhibition.

Since 2014, Abbie has been running Brighton Storytellers alongside Alexandra Schunemann and has run storytelling performances at Komedia, ONCA, Latest Bar, Knowledge Gallery, Brighton Museum and Baker Street. Brighton Storytellers offer local workshops and events. For more see: www.brightonstorytellers.com

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