Stories From The Magic Tree
Storyteller - Sonia Caller
contact: 07837 396 555 email: sonia_caller@hotmail.com
Stories From The Magic Tree

The tradition of Oral Storytelling is older than any other form of sharing stories, even before humans crafted instruments to play music, people gathered to hear the stories of their ancestors, the universe, of all living plants and trees, the oceans and sky and the creatures of the land, deep seas and air we share this amazing earth with.  Wise elders would share great truths through the power of story so gifts could be passed from generation to generation.  There was always a story for the right time, the right place, the right moment, for the person that was waiting to hear it and for it to live within their hearts once more.



There is an old saying

'An Apple Tree drops three apples each time a story is told,
one for the teller,
one for the one who listens
and one for the one who hears.....'


I love to tell Stories

 

Stories that Long to be heard
Folktales, Myths, Legends and more....

Stories gifted to us from the Natural World
and our Native Ancestors from Around the World

Heroes and Heroines, Animals and Insects, Birds and Butterflys
Trees and Flowers, Meadows and Mountains, Oceans and Streams,
The Sky, The Air, The Earth, The Stars, The Universe

Ogres and Witches, Magic Shoes, Wise Guides, Dwarfs and Dragons,
Rainbows and Stars of Silverlight, Fairies and Winged Horses,
Magic Words last spoken in a time when Wishes Still Came True

Stories are for Everyone




Please note from 2014 only Public Events are listed below.  Please contact me directly to check my availability and to discuss any other private bookings for schools and arts organisations.




I am delighted to be the Resident Storyteller at the RAF Museum Hendon.  I work in collaboration with the curators and the education department to create engaging and exciting bespoke story experiences for families and adults visiting the museum.


ONCE UPON A TIME
RAF Museum - North London

October 2014

www.rafmuseum.org/whatson

I will be telling true stories around a new exhibition.  Stories about the amazing life and feats of a pioneer in aviation, Cobham's incredible life adventures and his contribution and legacy to unite people throughout the world - including a chance to try your hand at some circus skills!   More details soon.

Sessions are FREE and held in the Historic Hangars, Art Gallery and Green spaces around the Museum - Aimed at Ages 5+ to Adult



ONCE UPON A TIME
RAF Museum - North London

2/3/4/5 August 2014

www.rafmuseum.org/whatson

I will be telling stories around a new WW1 exhibition over the summer holidays.  There will be an opportunity to take part in an immersive experience as WW1 pilot, hear true life stories about those that took to the skies and pioneered aviation, find out about morse code alongside stories from the homefront and children's rememberances of family life at this time.  A chance to try on some authentic WW1 pilot uniform as well!


Sessions are FREE and held in the Historic Hangars, Art Gallery and Green spaces around the Museum - Aimed at Ages 5+ to Adult




ONCE UPON A TIME
RAF Museum - North London

7 & 8 June 2014

www.rafmuseum.org/whatson

I will be telling stories around the D Day event weekend and there will be an opportunity to take part in an immersive experience as a crew member of a Lancaster wearing crew uniform alongside sharing stories of women pilots and the animals who were awarded medals for bravery during WW2.

Sessions are FREE and held in the Historic Hangars and Art Gallery - Aimed at Ages 5+ to Adult




ONCE UPON A TIME
RAF Museum -  North London
10-13 April 2014
11am, 11.45am, 1pm and 1.45pm
www.rafmuseum.org/whatson

I will be telling stories connected with the current exhibition 'Pilots of the Caribbean: Volunteers of African Heritage in the Royal Air Force' 

True life tales of amazing men and women who served in the RAF interwoven with African myths.

Sessions are FREE and held in the Historic Hangars and Art Gallery - Aimed at Ages 5+ to Adult





The Storytellers Sharing Circle @ St Ethelburga's
Next Event - September 2014 - email for latest info/details

Sunday 22nd June 2014 (This will be the last one before summer break we return in September)
Sunday 11th May 2014
Sunday 16th March 2014
Sunday 19th January 2014

1.00pm - Tea/Coffee
1.30pm-5.30pm - Session

St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, 78 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4AG
Facilited by Storyteller: Sonia Caller
7.00/5.00 Concessions - please book your place in advance
Further information/booking email: caravanofstorytellers@hotmail.com

http://www.stethelburgas.org/
https://www.facebook.com/caravanof.storytellers

Opportunity for Storytellers to share/workshop their new work/stories in development in a relaxed, warm and supportive setting.  Each session will introduce some create and fun story development techniques working in pairs/groups as well as time to share a story (10 min or part of a longer story) and receive some constructive feedback from other storytellers.

Aimed at Storytellers already sharing stories in performance/education settings/working with stories in community/healing - open to anyone with a love of storytelling who wishes to develop their skills.





 
 Summer Term 2014
MINISTRY OF STORIES
PLANTING POETRY - WORKSHOP CREATOR & LEADER
(THIS PROJECT WAS SUPPORTED BY THE ARTS COUNCIL)

I have had a wonderful summer term creating and leading a project with a year 5 class discovering ways into a variety of poetry styles inspired by visits to a local community garden.  Through exploration, personal reflection, collaboration and creation we developed written, observational and performance skills.  Leading to the young people performing their own poetry in the community garden as well as selected poetry being given a permanent inclusion through art installation work.  Kynaston Gardens is a community project in Hackney and will be open to the public via the local parks network from 6th July to visit daily.
www.ministryofstories.org






MANDALA STORYTELLING WALK
Abney Park Nature Trust - Hackney, London
Saturday 14th June 2014


Please join me for a storytelling workshop for all the family (adults as groups of friends also welcome)  We will journey along the beautiful trails in Abney Park Nature Trust, creating nature mandalas and stories together in the NOW alongside sharing the stories of the trees, flowers and wildlife to be found at this time of year. 

Session will last approximately 90 minutes. 


Meet at the Visitors Centre for 11.15am.  We will depart on the walk at 11.30am.


Sessions are FREE and are limited to 25 participants. 
Please book your place with Abney Park Trust.  All donations will go to Abney Park Charity Trust.
www.abneypark.org/news
Contact John to book your place:  Tel: 020 7275 7557 or email: info@abneypark.org








Caravan of Storytellers presents
A Tent Full of Stories and Song from Around The World
Contact E:
caravanofstorytellers@hotmail.com
Bedouin Tent Family Storytelling & Song (Aimed at Ages 5+ to Adult) - All ages welcome
Storytellers: Sonia Caller + Storyteller & Musical Guests Each Month


Dates for 2014:
Sunday 15th June 2014 - 2.30pm-4.30pm  (Last date for Summer we return in September)
Sunday 25th May 2014 - 2.30pm-4.30pm
Sunday 20th April 2014 (Easter Sunday Afternoon) - 2.30pm-4.00pm
Sunday 23rd March 2014 - 2.30pm-4.00pm
Sunday 23rd February 2014 - 2.30pm-4.00pm
Sunday 26th January 2014 - 2.30pm-4.00pm
Sunday 15th December 2013 - 2.30pm-4.00pm
Sunday 24th November 2013 - 2.30pm-4.00pm
Sunday 27th October 2013 - 2.00pm-3.00pm

Venue: THE BEDOUIN TENT @ St Ethelburgas Centre for Reconciliation and Peace (LONDON)
Family Ticket: 6.00/5.00 concessions & advance bookings
Single Ticket: 4.00/3.00 concessions & advance bookings
Doors Open: 2.00pm
Storytelling Begins: 2.30pm (Session 2.30pm-4pm)
Access: - Ground Floor via Garden Gate Entrance/Disabled Access
Directions: Nearest tube Liverpool Street Station 5 min walk away
(Buses 388, 8, 242 & 149 stop directly outside St Ethelburga's)
Facilities: Hot Drinks & Bathrooms
ADVANCE BOOKINGS:
caravanofstorytellers@hotmail.com
http://www.stethelburgas.org
https://www.facebook.com/caravanof.storytellers


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Sunday 20th October 2013 (1pm-4pm) - FREE 
HACKNEY CITY FARM - APPLE DAY CELEBRATIONS
Come down to Hackney City Farm for an afternoon full of celebration and fun including Apple Bobbing & Aple Juice Pressing, Maypole, Wishing Tree and Pie Baking & Eating Contest!  I shall be sharing stories for all ages about Magic Apples, Dancing Trees and Wishes that Come True throughout the afternoon.
hackneycityfarm.co.uk



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13 October 2013
HAY WALKING FESTIVAL (13th October) - BOOKING REQUIRED
A MILL, A WOOD AND A WITCH
A woodland walk for families, from Talgarth through th ePwll y Wrach nature reserve to the Witches Pool Waterfall.
Scrunch through the autumn leaves and learn about fungi and local wildlife.  Along th way we'll stop and listen to stories, songs and legends.  This is a gentle ramble with emphasis on taking time to explore the wood.  Paths are muddy and steep in places so a good pair of wellies is recommended!  The walk will finish at the restored Talgarth Mill, where you an see the water wheel in action and learn all about milling.  The Baker's Table cafe is open until 4pm and serves delicious locally sourced food.
Duration: 3 hours with rest stops & lunch (10am-1pm) - Ticket Price 4.00 GBP Adults 2.00 GBP Children
Website Link - A Mill, A Wood and a Witch) haywalking.org/index.php/all-walks-filter/item/44-39-a-mill-a-wood-and-a-witch

To book both adult and child tickets please go the official HAY WALKING FESTIVAL website
Your Leaders - Anna Heywood and Sonia Caller

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12 October 2013
HAY WALKING FESTIVAL (12th October) - BOOKING REQUIRED
TRANSITION HAY
Join me for an eclectic feast and forage in the world of storytelling as part of the festival
Come and find out more about the Transition Town, Hay-on-Wye which is one of thousands of community groups looking at positive and creative responses to peak oil and climate change.  Local food production and broad community involvement are big parts of this effort.  We will met at Drover Cycles for a short introductory film and then take a gentle walk to explore the Transition Town initiatives in Hay-on-Wye, from hydro energy to eco building and permaculture, as well as a few local gardens, finishing with tea and cake at Hayfield Community Garden as part of the ticket while I weave a storytelling journey through magical gardens in myth and legend from around the world.
Duration: 3 hours (2pm-5pm) - Ticket Price 8.00 GBP Adults
Website Link - Transition Hay) http://haywalking.org/index.php/all-walks-filter/item/30-29-transition-hay

Hay Walking Festival Enquiries
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October 2013
WELSH LEGENDS & STORIES FROM TIMBUKTU


 

Sunday 22nd September 2013 (1.30pm-3.00pm) - FREE
ABNEY PARK TRUST - STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES
Bring Your FAVOURITE TEDDY BEAR along to this month's Storytelling in the Children's Secret Garden to hear some Bear-tastic stories from around the world and make your TEDDY some clothes in the creative art session to take home.
1.30pm Storytelling
2.15pm Creative Art Session

In collaboration with Abney Park Trust I shall be offering a new regular monthly Storytelling and Art Session.  Families with children of all ages welcome.  Story and art session aimed at children aged 4-10.   Meet inside Front Entrance to Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street, Hackney (Children's Garden & Classroom is opposite the Visitors Centre just inside the main gate) - nearest buses 106, 73, 67, 149, 276, 243, 393, nearest station - Stoke Newington
www.abney-park.org.uk/



11 September 2013
NURSERY/PRIMARY SCHOOL BOOKING





Tuesday 20th August 2013
11am-4pm
STORYTELLING AT THE TIPI - FREE EVENT

WESTFIELDS SHOPPING CENTRE - SHEPHERDS BUSH
I shall be sharing stories in a Tipi in THE ATRIUM. 11am-4pm. 
With comfortable wooden toadstool seats to sit upon in an exclusive indoor magical garden.
Children of All ages welcome with their families.  Different stories shall be told at each 20 minute session through the day so you can come by throughout the day for another bite of the golden storytelling apple for tails about a naughty foxes, a dancing tree, a very brave bird, a very unusual bear, a little girl who gives up what is most precious to bring the rains for her tribe again and a young boy who goes on an amazing adventure to find a hidden star.





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August 2013

BLEDFFA WEEK OF STORYTELLING
An incredibly special week of storytelling from an array of stunningly talented storytellers and exciting workshops.
A very big thank you to Michael, Hazel, June and Xanthe for taking us on a magical, fun and incredibly heartfelt journey into the unknown, opening many new storytelling doors to step through along the way.
There were new works being premiered at every turn and I was really delighted for my new storytelling work in creation to emerge from the chrysalis and stretch its beautiful wings during the festival.  A big thank you to everyone who welcomed a far too long forgotten earth goddess onto the storytelling stage and with me were proud parents to her birthing of a very special ball of mud!  It could only happen in Bledffa!





29th July  & 31st July
MINISTRY OF STORIES - BREAKING BREAD WORKSHOP
Parents need to book their children in directly with the MOS for workshops delivered at the MOS centre in HOXTON - see their website details below.    Breaking Bread is a new Holiday Programme for Children in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington during the summer holidays - Please contact MOS to secure a place for your child on this new and exciting journey week - the week shall involve external visits including getting hands on baking bread at a bakery and lots of great fun activities.  There are 25 places available for children aged 8-12.  This is a FREE daily workshop (mon-fri) 10:30am-1.30pm that culminates in a book launch of stories and poetry by the children.
www.ministryofstories.org





Saturday 27th July 2013 (1.30pm-3.00pm) - FREE STORYTELLING & ART SESSION
ABNEY PARK TRUST - STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES
In collaboration with Abney Park Trust I shall be offering a new regular monthly Storytelling and Art Session.  Families with children of all ages welcome.  Story and art session aimed at children aged 4-10.   Storytelling shall be followed by a creative art session inspired by the characters and places in the stories.   Meet inside at Front Entrance to Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street, Hackney (Children's Garden & Classroom is opposite the Visitors Centre just inside the main gate) - nearest buses 106, 73, 67, 149, 276, 243, 393, nearest station - Stoke Newington
www.abney-park.org.uk/




Wednesday 17th July
MINISTRY OF STORIES - STORYMAKING WORKSHOP LEADER (17th July)
Schools and Parents need to book their classes and children in directly with the MOS for workshops delivered at the MOS centre in HOXTON - see their website details below.    Breaking Bread is a new Holiday Programme for Children in Hackney, Tower Hamlets and Islington during the summer holidays - Please contact MOS to secure a place for your child on this new and exciting journey week - the week shall involve external visits outside of the MOS in Hoxton further details about this shortly. 
www.ministryofstories.org




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Tuesday 16th July 2013
6.30pm-9.30pm - Private Event - Invitation only

ST ETHELBURGAS CENTRE FOR RECONCILATION AND PEACE - FULLY BOOKED 
An evening of myth, legend and true story inspired by the work of St Ethelburgas, their wonderful hidden garden and bedouin tent and the healing heartstring notes of a magical harp.  Please see St Ethelburga's website for other forthcoming events where tickets are available for purchase.
www.stethelburgas.org/



Sunday 14th July 2013

HAVEN HOUSE CHILDREN'S FAYRE (10th BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION) - FREE
Fantastic Tales throughout the afternoon for all the family - come along and enjoy enchanting stories and visit with some unicorn ponies and other animal friends joining us for the afternoon.
www.havenhouse.org.uk/


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Friday 12th July 2013 (6pm-11pm)
LATIN AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE (LAFF) PERUVIAN FIESTA - DALSTON EASTERN CURVE GARDEN
I shall be sharing Fiesta Fantastic Storytelling to tickle the funny bone 8:15-8:45pm
at 10:30pm A Latin American Mystery Bedtime Story by the flickering flames of the campfire under the stars (wrap up warm)

An evening of live latin music, dancing, storytelling, Peruvian food and refreshments, traditional crafts and photography exhibition in aid of LAFF raising awareness and funds to offer opportunities to vulnerable young people in Peru.  Ticket entry only $3.00.   All in the magical setting of the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden in Hackney. 
dalstongarden.org
http://www.laffcharity.org.uk


Monday 8th July 2013 (12.30-3.30pm)

WELLINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL - TOWER HAMLETS 
To celebrate the opening of new school buildings and the unveiling of the fantastic new magical outdoor storytelling chair, I  shall be sharing stories about new beginnings, unusual buildings and discovering the hidden world around us with classes reception to Year 5.



Saturday 6th July 2013 (12pm-3pm)

CARLTON PRIMARY SCHOOL SUMMER FETE - KENTISH TOWN 
With a sunny beach themed day planned, come and hear stories about the deep blue sea, the queen of the fishes, a boy and a starfish, dolphins, mermaids, the stars, the sand and magical shells washed up on the beach.
Storytelling Sessions at 1.15pm & 2.10pm
My thanks to Fish and Flounder, Broadway Market, for their generous support with a rainbow of props from Starfish to Seaweed and a very large Crab!




Sunday 30th June 2013 (1pm-2.30pm) - FREE STORYTELLING & ART SESSION
ABNEY PARK TRUST - STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES
In collaboration with Abney Park Trust I shall be offering a new regular monthly Storytelling and Art Session.  Families with children of all ages welcome.  Story and art session aimed at children aged 5-12.   This month I shall be bringing stories of Very Brave Birds - our many feathered friends from around the world with a creative art session to follow inspired by the characters and places in the story.   Meet inside at Front Entrance to Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street, Hackney (Children's Garden & Classroom is opposite the Visitors Centre just inside the main gate) - nearest buses 106, 73, 67, 149, 276, 243, 393, nearest station - Stoke Newington
www.abney-park.org.uk/



Wednesday 12 June 2013
MINISTRY OF STORIES - STORYMAKING WORKSHOP LEADER (YEAR 5 CLASS)
Schools need to book their classes in directly with the MOS for workshops delivered at the MOS centre in HOXTON - see their website details below. 
www.ministryofstories.org






Saturday 8th June 2013

AFRICAN TALES - PRIVATE PARTY


 
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Saturday 1st June 2013
HONEYPOT FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN @ BOX PARK, SHOREDITCH
FREE STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS - (11:15-13:45) Saturday 1st June - Boxpark, limited places please book in advance on the day to avoid dissapointment on the day (booking info coming shortly)
I shall be working with fantastic Illustrator Joshua Kimnell delivering two workshops for children. 
Ages 5-8 (11.15am-12.15pm) & Ages 8-12 (12.45pm-1.45pm)
Come and take a journey with me into an exciting interactive story followed by an opportunity to bring your favourite character and moment in the story to life through your very own illustration.
www.honeypot.org.uk/streetparty/


Tuesday 21st May 2013 
RHYL PRIMARY SCHOOL - YEAR 2 STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
To celebrate the opening of the new School Library I shall be working with YEAR 2 classes for the morning getting creative in the land of lost stories.



Sunday 19th May 2013 (10:30-12:00) - FREE STORYTELLING & ART SESSION
ABNEY PARK TRUST, HACKNEY - STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES
In collaboration with Abney Park Trust I shall be offering a new regular monthly Sunday  Storytelling Workshop for families with children ages 5-12.  
Sharing Spellbinding Stories, Nature Walk / Creative Art Session.   Meet inside at Front Entrance to Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street, Hackney (Children's Garden & Classroom is opposite the Visitors Centre just inside the main gate) - nearest buses 106, 73, 67, 149, 276, 243, 393, nearest station - Stoke Newington
www.abney-park.org.uk/Abney_Park_Trust/About_us.html


Friday 17th May 2013
FOREST SCHOOL DAY AT RICHMOND PARK
An opportunity for parents with their children from Forest School in South London to spend a day having a  Storytelling picnic in Richmond Park (Tales about Trees, Plants, Insects and Animals) and an opportunity to learn some new Forest School practical skills



Wednesday 24th April 2013
ST ETHELBURGAS CENTRE FOR RECONCILATION & PEACE -
INVITATION ONLY
I am delighted to have been asked to share a story with those gathered at St Ethelburgas to commemorate and reflect as part of a 20th Anniversery Event.  For further information on the work St Ethelburga's undertakes in the community at large, bridging divisions through conflict resolution and for their wonderful public events and listings in world music and the arts, a link to their website below.
www.stethelburgas.org/

April 2013
EASTER HOLIDAYS STORYTELLING &
POETRY WRITING

I shall be working with a Forest School Nursery for a day sharing stories in nature about the life cycle of plants and insects and an MOS Project at St Mary's Secret Garden in Hackney with local children and young people
creating nature poetry about spring arriving in the garden.

March 2013
FREE EVENT

DALSTON CURVE GARDEN - EASTER SUNDAY 31st MARCH
I shall be telling stories on Easter Sunday at the Dalston Curve Garden in their warm and cosy Glass House with comfy Bean Bags to sit on! 2pm-4pm Family Event, Children and Adults of All Ages Welcome.  The Garden shall be holding an Easter Egg Hunt and I shall be telling stories about Wise Hares, A Very Big  Egg and you can discover how Rabbit got his Very Long Long Ears along with an opportunity to celebrate the arrival of Spring to the Garden and for us to create our very own shared story for this Easter.
Dalston Curve Garden - Hackney
dalstongarden.org




March 2013
WORLD BOOK DAY

I spent a wonderful day at Sir Thomas Abney Primary sharing stories, songs and riddles with children from Reception through to Class 6.  The theme for the day was telling stories around the camp fire, where we travelled around the world from Australia to Ireland, Africa to North America onward to India all the way back to a Forest in England with fairytales, folktales, myth and legend.  We travelled by ship, boat, horse, starlight, by flappng our wings, swimming beneath the ocean, across deserts, mountains and valleys with both big and little feet... We shared secrets about our favourite books and left messages on paper leaves creating a beautiful story tree which everyone contributed to, in the land of stories, where magic is all around.

 



January, February & March 2013
MINISTRY OF STORIES

During January, February and March I shall be working with the Ministry of Stories to deliver a range of Storytelling Workshops for Primary and Secondary School Groups in Hackney/Islington/Tower Hamlets.   Projects include engaging and interactive ways into all kinds of unusual Letter Writing, Creating their very own Stories and Writing Comedy Scripts.


Poetry 2013
MAGIC HANDS

I am delighted to be involved as Production Manager of a new 30 episode x 5 minute series for CBBC / CBEEBIES / BBC LEARNING. 
MAGIC HANDS is a brand new groundbreaking series (Broadcasting Spring 2013) featuring poetry translated into British Sign Language.  Presenting modern and classic poetry for children in a way that has never been offered before. 

The programmes are 5 minutes long and mix sign language, the spoken word, music and vibrant animation to bring the poems to life and capture the imagination of both deaf and hearing children.  Each episode is based around a single verse, interpreted for children.  The selection comes from poets including Christina Rossetti, Kenn Nesbitt, Gareth Lancaster, Henry W. Longfellow, Maya Angelou, Rabindranath Tagore, Katharine Pyle, Charles Kingsley, James Carter and Grace Andreacchi as well as Shakespeare.

Spellbinding Poetry that will capture the imaginations of both deaf and hearing children alike

2012



Sunday 16 December 2012 - 3.30pm-4pm
FESTIVAL OF LIGHT - WINTER WONDER STORIES - Family Event - Free

Dalston Eastern Curve Garden - Hackney, London
As part of the final day celebrations of THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHT will be a winter storytelling by the warmth of the outdoor clay oven
fire at the Garden at twilight when all the winter lanterns will be lit.  Come and be spellbound in the beautiful surroundings of the Dalston Curve Garden for one last magical storytelling of 2012. Hot chocolate with marshmallows and other winter delights available, along with magical surprises through the afternoon and early evening. 
Dalston Curve Garden - Hackney
dalstongarden.org
 

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sday 13th December - 7pm-9pm
THE CARAVAN OF STORYTELLERS

WINTER TALES OF WONDER
- Family Event - Tickets $3 incl a glass of wine/juice on arrival
The Broadway Bookshop - Hackney, London
An evening of wonder tales delving into the snow frosted landscapes of wintertime and it's magical creatures, villans, heroes and heroines. An evening of where, you can rest assured, nothing is quite what it seems - come journey with us in the company of folktale and myth by the warmth of the storytelling fire.
broadwaybookshophackney.com

Saturday 1st December - 1pm-3pm
KING HENRY'S WALK GARDEN WINTER FAIR
-  Family Event - FREE

 King Henry's Walk - Hackney, London
A time to welcome the winter and celebrate the season with traditional crafts, choir, visit from St Nicholas and feasting celebrations
A snowy wintry wonderland filled with European folktales, East of the Sun and West of the Moon.  Come and be spellbound by the little girl made of snowflakes, an enchanted polar bear and a young boys magical flying adventure through the air. 
khwgarden.org.uk


Saturday 3rd November - 3pm-Late (variety of venues)
VOYAGE OF THE DEAD - celebration and rebirth
-  Family Event - UNDERWORLD FLOTILLA AND STORYTELLING FREE
Various Venues through the day -  Flotilla will move down kingsland high street, de beauvoir square, kingsland basin, pirate ship on the canal, broadway lock, fordham gallery barge to finally the apiary
I shall be telling stories at 4.30pm at Kingsland Basin in the round, we then travel on a moving barge which you can pick up at the basin for another story opportunity and then part of the evening celebrations at The Apiary from 7pm.  There will, be music, painted unbrellas, african drummers, song, dance, laments, art, hoops of eternal wisdom, junk orchestra and offerings to friends, family, buildings and community from a variety of performers.  Costumes and face painting available.
www.apiarystudios.org/2012/10/muere-feliz/
for further information call: 07890 990 274

www.facebook.com/events/359786970775408/

Tuesday 30th October - 4pm-5pm
HALLOWEEN STORY WORKSHOP
-  Parents & Carers with Children 5+ - FREE
Shoreditch Library - Hackney, London
(funded by THE MINISTRY OF STORIES)
An interactive storytelling session for Parents and Children
A time to share and create stories set in the strangest of places with the most extraordinary characters who are full of surprises.   Children will enjoy an old traditional folktale perfect for the thrill of Halloween, then we will be creating poems and artwork around the theme of Halloween which we will share with each other.
www.hackney.gov.uk/libraries-whats-on.htm#shoreditch1


Sunday 28th October - From Dusk through evening
THE CARAVAN OF STORYTELLERS
FESTIVAL OF LIG
HT -  Adults and Children - FREE
Dalston Curve Garden

Come and Carve Pumpkin Lanterns to Welcome in the Festival of Light that will be running through the Winter at the Curve Garden. Warm Drinks and Tasty Morsels will be available.  An evening of Storytelling bringing Tales of Light from Around the World with The Caravan of Storytellers.  The Season of Diwali in India welcomes in a time of colourful celebrations and sharing amongst communities and the Celebration of Light in our Lives.  We will be bringing tales of heroic deeds, gods from other realms, stories of ghosts that will make you shiver and your skin tingle, Music and Song, Fun and Laughter and a whole lot more besides.
So wrap up in your winter warmers and come and be delighted and enthralled by stories bringing light from all corners of the world
Dalston Curve Garden - Hackney
dalstongarden.org

Wednesday 3rd October - 9.30am-12.30pm

STORYTELLING WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS & CARERS
(funded by THE MINISTRY OF STORIES)
FREE Workshop for Adults (Creche Provided) (09:30-13:00) including a complimentary buffet lunch)
Comet Children's Centre - Hackney (THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL please contact Comet Nursery to be added to the waiting list)
I shall be leading a Workshop for Parent's, Grandparent's and Carer's to develop their storytelling skills in a supportive environment and discover a great way through the natural world and your own personal stories to engage your children in reading, storytelling and creating special stories of your own together.

Sunday 30th September - 3pm-5pm
URBAN MEADOWS FESTIVAL- Adults and Children
Dalston Curve Garden
A fun filled afternoon learning about planting a Wildflower Urban Meadow (children can plant seeds to take away) learn about caring for Bees and Trees and enjoy traditional folktales and stories from Around the World.
Part of the EAST LONDON RIVER OF FLOWERS initiative which continues until after 7pm with Workshops and Live Music
Dalston Curve Garden -  Hackney, FREE ENTRY
dalstongarden.org

Friday 14th September - 3pm-5pm
WILD ABOUT WILD PLACES - Adults and Children
Stories from the Natural World and the power of Community Spirit
Islington Ecology Centre - Gillespie Park Nature Reserve,
FREE ENTRY
www.octopuscommunities.org.uk/our-projects/wild-places/

2011

Haven House Fun Day - BUCKHURST HILL - September 2012
Alternative Press Festival - LISTEN SOFTLY SPOKEN WORD EVENT - LONDON - August 2012
Haven House Summer Fayre - ESSEX - July 2012
A Bite of the Golden Apple - THE BROADWAY BOOKSHOP, HACKNEY, LONDON - June 2012
(THE CARAVAN OF STORYTELLERS)
The Redbridge Green Festival- LONDON - June 2012
Easter Egg Hunt Day @ DALSTON CURVE GARDEN, HACKNEY - April 2012
Venice Carnival Celebrations - LONDON - February 2012
Stories from the Cow Barn - EAST SUSSEX - 2011
Forest Row Festival 2011 - EAST SUSSEX - 2011
Stories from the Perecles Roundhouse - EAST SUSSEX - 2011
Autumn Equinox Celebrations - EAST SUSSEX - 2011
Storytelling at Emerson College - EAST SUSSEX -  2011



Your Event
Please contact me to discuss any forthcoming events you may have in need of a Storyteller.  I am always delighted to find new and bespoke stories to craft that dovetail with the event you are holding and can also bring activities related to the theme of the day should you have one. 


THE CARAVAN OF STORYTELLERS

 
The Caravan of Storytellers was founded in 2011
Since it's beginning it has brought stories, song and poetry to festivals of light, take a big bite out of the story treasury golden apple and discovered the heart burns brightest in cold landscapes of snow and ice.
We are always happy to be involved in bringing a special story event as a company of storytellers
that can include music and improvised storytelling with the audience
Please contact us about your upcoming event:
e) caravanofstorytellers@hotmail.com




 
Story Places

I especially enjoy sharing stories in nature about the natural world. 
Wherever people gather I believe a space is created to share stories.  

Schools, Libraries, Museums, Storytelling Evenings, Front Rooms, Back Rooms, Inner City Gardens, Nature Reserves, Tree Walks, Local Walks, Cow Barns, Festivals, Roundhouses, Zoos, Festivals, Arts Spaces, Hilltops, Walking Beaches and Circling Ponds, Around Bonfires, Bookshops, Crafting Spaces, Children's Toy Shops, Under Stars and on Boats, Heart-Lands, Tents and Yurts, Barges and Buildings, Follys and River Cafes, Openings and Endings, Friendship Circles and Sacred Groves, Hidden Places Everywhere yet to be discovered.... and all
the places inbetween




Nursery / Schools / Children's Centres / Museums / Art Spaces
 
Schools, Museums and Arts Spaces can contact me regarding programmes of stories that would fit your class needs, cultural celebrations and forthcoming exhibitions.  Interactive Story Programmes can range from Egyptian/Grecian/Indian epochs or looking at Friendship/Courage/Bravery themes and the many faces of the natural world -  air/water/earth/fire and stories from beneath the seas, to bird, insect and animal stories from cultures around the world including Native American traditional tales and Aboriginal Dreamtime stories.  

Whether your needs are to fit in with learning goals, nurture storytelling skills, to celebrate a special event, season, festival or time of year and accompany arts and crafts sessions  - storytelling can weave beautifully into the day.

Based in London I am always delighted when I have the opportunity to journey with stories around the UK and further afield.

 
 


Contact Sonia


Email:
sonia_caller@hotmail.com
Mobile: 07837 396 555
Insurance: Public Liability Insurance (copy of certificate available upon request)
CRB:
Current 
Equity Membership: Current 
London Storyteller: Delighted to travel further afield in the UK and overseas to share stories



About Me




A graduate of The International School of Storytelling. 
I have also studied storytelling for early learning and those with special needs.  As a teller and workshop leader using the voice, silence, the body, sound, gesture, props and song to bring the secret words waiting to be spoken.

Through the power of telling and sharing stories I believe we strengthen our imagination and nurture confidence and creativity in ourselves and others.  Through stories we can live amazing feats of bravery and discover our hidden talents and courage, we can connect in with the natural world and begin to learn their songlines and heart rythms, as we learn to weave our own stories we can, in a safe environment explore personal journeys and strengthen our inner abilities to overcome difficult times and experience the joy of the simplest of gifts.

Stories are the greatest teachers and companions through our lives and the kismet of the right story at the right time can be an incredible healer and helper for child and adult alike, a story can always be called upon again and again to light the way... 


Once Upon a Time there was a Storyteller...

(magic tree woman - artist Elke Onzea)
 

Reflections:


"You made me feel as if I was in a Dream right there in the story as you were telling it" - (Adult at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace)


"You're the storyteller from the Curve Garden - my son couldn't stop looking for rabbits everywhere for day's after hearing your story, you enchanted him" - (Parent at Local Children's Festival)

"They were so quiet I could tell they were right with you in the story - except when you were making them laugh and join in! - The Riddles were fantastic and how you got them to imagine and create their own by the end of the session, we look forward to having you come back soon" - Class Teacher (Year 2) - Rhyl Primary

"I Loved the Story about the Bird, I will never forget it!" - Child (Age 6) - World Book Day

"How do you remember so many Stories?" - Children (Year 6) -  World Book Day

 

So I told them.... when your heart connects with a story it becomes part of you and then you will never forget it... Ever

"Did you see the Storyteller?  She was amazing!" - Child at Wild About Wild Places

"I think the storytelling was my favourite part of the afternoon" - Child at Wild About Wild Places

"The workshop was pitched perfectly for the parents" - Comet Nursery

"I wasn't expecting to have to tell my very own story...  I feel I could tell stories as a volunteer at my children's school now" - Parent at MOS Parent's and Carers Storytelling Workshop

"My daughter could sit all day and listen to you tell stories...." Parent at Urban Meadows Festival

"You were my favourite storyteller of the evening" -  Anna - Stories from the Cow Barn

"We loved the storytelling....  please can you tell us when are you are going to be doing it again?" - Adult at Festival of Light, Curve Garden

"You are a really good storyteller" - Simon - Voyage of the Dead Storytelling, Kingsland Basin and Barge












 





Stories From The Magic Tree