Pennant Roberts: Story Teller… Performance Poet… Public Speaker…Fugitive from Wales.
National Finalist – UK Speakers’ Club Contest, London 2006.
Poet Laureate of Denbighshire 2003.
Flintshire County Open Poetry winner 2004.
His short stories have been broadcast on the BBC and commercial radio.
To hear him recite his fabulous poem ‘Jack Pob Dim’ on Salford City Radio click the link https://soundcloud.com/printer-marc/salford-city-radio-pennant-roberts
Andy draws on a lifetime of working in the library world where his work included promoting storytelling, literature & a running a book club (which he continues to do as a volunteer).
He tells in a variety of settings which includes music festivals, libraries, gala days, women’s clubs, storytelling clubs, open mic nights and private house parties.
It is said he has a relaxed and engaging style; a self-deprecating sense of humour and brings a warmth to all his stories.
Club founder Sharon Richards tells stories to adults for a living, which she says is a great job if you don’t want to eat or pay the mortgage.
Her talks, corporate training courses and demonstrations of storytelling have origami, juggling and a few embarrassing personal tales thrown in for good measure. What people say about Sharon’s storytelling:
“Loved it! I expected the audience to stay in for just one story but each group stayed for two or three and came out singing!” Fright Night, Tate Modern, Liverpool.
“I’ve been listening to public speakers for 30 years and I’m not easy to impress but the way she told those stories was mesmerising. Don’t just take my word for it; book her!” John Burke-Davies, Journalist, Greater Manchester.
Sharon was nominated for Cheshire Woman of the Year for services to storytelling.
David Bruce: For many years a chemist/technologist and technical writer. Now a storyteller and writer, telling his own material in storytelling clubs, for charity and anywhere there is a sympathetic audience around the UK on European river cruises and to private parties in California. Often the inspiration and ideas for the stories comes from that great worldwide store of myths and folk tales that exists. An idea from here and an idea from there reworked and remodeled into a new adventure. Following the tradition but carving a new pathway through it.
Colin Rowan has been telling traditional stories (as well as the odd one about rabbits) for over 20 years. He claims he has won the nationally famous “Biggest Liar Of The Year” competition for five years running! Colin is known throughout the country as “the Dad of Iris – National Young Story Teller of the year.” He will, and does, tell stories for money.
Phil Coogan wins the award for travelling the furthest to get to the club each month. As an experienced and passionate teller of traditional tales, the club is lucky that he likes to drive so much!
Thanks from Phil to Ana Sidon for the photos.
To listen to Phil telling one of his many tall tales live on Salford City Radio click here.
Mark Saperia is our lovely, lyrical Irish teller of enchanting original tales.
Click the link below to hear one of his best, live on Salford City radio: