Storyteller Sonia Caller
07837 396 555 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.



'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
 

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 Based: Delighted to travel further afield in the UK and overseas to share stories

I have delivered bespoke Storytelling Performances & Workshops for the following organisations:

Into University, St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation & Peace, Islington Council, Octopus Communities, Hackney Libraries, Ministry of Stories, The Dalston Curve Garden, The RAF Museum, Abney Park Trust, The Hay Walking Festival, Hackney City Farm, The Latin American Foundation for the Future, The Broadway Bookshop, Forest Row Festival,
The Redbridge Green Festival, Bledffa Storytelling Festival, Stephens House and Gardens, Primary and Secondary Schools, Kindegartens, Comet Early Years Centre and Forest School
 
Please note only Public Events are listed below.  Please contact me directly to check my availability and to discuss private bookings for schools and arts organisations.


2015


STORYTELLING IN HOPE, LONDON

Saturday 21st February 20
15, 7.30pm - Old Bakehouse Theatre (LONDON)
The Old Bakehouse Theatre, 1st courtyard on the left in Bennett Park, Blackheath, London SE3
Tickets: 7.00 (Suitable for age 12+ to adult)
I am delighted to have been invited as this evening's guest Storyteller

I invite you to come and sit around the warmth of the storytelling fire as I weave my own biographical stories with those of Earth Mother

Earth Mother,
I sing to your bones Earth Mother,
I honour your bones Earth Mother,
Awake, awake awaken
Awake, awake awaken

Walking the land barefoot, listening to the song-lines of the ancestors,
Ancient stories slumbering in the depths of Earth Mother arise once more
Lost, forgotten, patiently waiting for us to call them to return, to be dreamed anew.

Come sit beside me as the fire crackles, let us share stories of how we met, journeys we have taken and where we are travelling to...


A Storyteller who generally doesn’t know what story is coming until it is dancing on the tip of her tongue, Sonia walks barefoot in the wilds of Wales, Ancient Woods and Distant Lands, listening for the whispers of stories where sorrow and laughter greet the other as long lost friends.

Plus stories from the floor. Suitable for 12+ years.


http://www.storytellinginhope.com/performance.php


UPCOMING 2014



UPCOMING
Caravan of Storytellers presents
A Tent Full of Stories and Song from Around The World
Contact E: caravanofstorytellers@hotmail.com
Family Storytelling & Song (Aimed at Ages 5+ to Adult) - All ages welcome
Held in the Beautiful Bedouin Tent at St Ethelburga's Centre for Reconciliation and Peace
Storytellers: Sonia Caller + Storyteller & Musical Guests Each Month


Dates for 2014:

Sunday 7th December 2014 -
2.30pm-4.30pm  (LAST DATE OF 2014)
Sunday 19th October 2014 - 2.30pm-4.30pm 
Sunday 15th June 2014 - 2.30pm-4.30pm
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: 12.00/10.00 (2 adults/2 children) concessions & advance bookings
Single Ticket: 8.00/6.00 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:


www.stethelburgas.org/


www.facebook.com/caravanof.storytellers





I SHALL BE LEADING A STORYMAKING WORKSHOP IN DECEMBER 2015 for the MofS



RAF MUSEUM, HENDON



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. I shall also be facilitating a new ARTS AWARD project at the museum in 2015 working with local young people as well as planning a number of exciting storytelling sessions for you to enjoy in the year ahead.  More details soon.


ONCE UPON A TIME
RAF Museum - North London
25-28th October 2014

www.rafmuseum.org/whatson

I will be telling true stories, autobiograpical stories and folktales around a new exhibition around the amazing life and feats of a pioneer in aviation, Sir Alan Cobham.  His incredible life adventures and contribution and legacy to unite people throughout the world - including a chance to try your hand at some circus skills and play some circus games!  


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
email for latest info/details

Sunday 22nd June 2014
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
15.00/10.00 Concessions - please book your place in advance

Further information/booking email: caravanofstorytellers@hotmail.com

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 - JUNE 2014
Abney Park Nature Trust - Hackney, London
Saturday 14th June 2014

Sessions are FREE and are limited to 25 participants. 
Please book your place with Abney Park Trust
www.abneypark.org/news



2013

OCTOBER 2013
FREE 
HACKNEY CITY FARM - APPLE DAY CELEBRATIONS
HAY WALKING FESTIVAL - A MILL, A WOOD AND A WITCH (3 Hour Story Walk)
HAY WALKING FESTIVAL - TRANSITION HAY & TIMBUKTU TRAIL (2 hour Story Walks)
HAY WALKING FESTIVAL - WELSH LEGENDS & STORIES FROM TIMBUKTU (Primary School Workshops)


SEPTEMBER 2013 
FREE  ABNEY PARK TRUST - STORYTELLING & CREATIVE ART FOR FAMILIES

AUGUST 2013 
FREE 
WESTFIELDS SHOPPING CENTRE, SHEPHERDS BUSH - STORYTELLING AT THE TIPI
BLEDFFA WEEK OF STORYTELLING - WORKSHOPS & PERFORMANCES


JULY2013 
MINISTRY OF STORIES - BREAKING BREAD WORKSHOP (2 DAYS)
25 places available for children aged 8-12.  This is a FREE daily workshop that culminates in a book launch of stories and poetry by the children.

MINISTRY OF STORIES - STORYMAKING WORKSHOP LEADER (Primary School Visit)
www.ministryofstories.org

FREE 
ABNEY PARK TRUST - STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES
PRIVATE EVENT 
ST ETHELBURGAS CENTRE FOR RECONCILATION AND PEACE
FREE   HAVEN HOUSE - LONDON
LATIN AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR THE FUTURE (LAFF) PERUVIAN FIESTA DALSTON EASTERN CURVE GARDEN
WELLINGTON PRIMARY SCHOOL - TOWER HAMLETS 
CARLTON PRIMARY SCHOOL - KENTISH TOWN 


JUNE 2013 
FREE ABNEY PARK TRUST - STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES
MINISTRY OF STORIES - STORYMAKING WORKSHOP LEADER (YEAR 5 CLASS)
PRIVATE EVENT - AFRICAN TALES
HONEYPOT FESTIVAL FOR CHILDREN @ BOX PARK, SHOREDITCH (A STORYTELLING WORKSHOP COLLABORATION WITH ILLUSTRATOR JOSHUA KIMNELL)


MAY 2013
RHYL PRIMARY SCHOOL - YEAR 2 STORYTELLING WORKSHOPS
FREE ABNEY PARK TRUST - STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES
ABNEY PARK TRUST, HACKNEY - STORYTELLING FOR FAMILIES
FOREST SCHOOL DAY AT RICHMOND PARK



APRIL 2013
ST ETHELBURGAS CENTRE FOR RECONCILATION & PEACE
- INVITATION ONLY
FOREST SCHOOL NURSERY EASTER HOLIDAYS STORYTELLING & POETRY WRITING



MARCH 2013
FREE EVENT DALSTON CURVE GARDEN - EASTER SUNDAY



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

2012/2011


(c) rocomora
THE CARAVAN OF STORYTELLERS PRESENTS 'WINTER TALES OF WONDER' FAMILY EVENT - THE BROADWAY BOOKSHOP, LONDON




THE CARAVAN OF STORYTELLERS PRESENTS 'FESTIVAL OF LIGHT' FREE FAMILY EVENT - DALSTON CURVE GARDEN, LONDON





FREE KING HENRY'S WALK GARDEN WINTER FAIR -  FAMILY EVENT, LONDON
FREE VOYAGE OF THE DEAD - UNDERWORLD FLOTILLA AND STORYTELLING
FREE SHOREDITCH LIBRARY - HALLOWEEN STORY WORKSHOP -  FAMILY EENT, LONDON
FREE STORYTELLING WORKSHOP FOR PARENTS & CARERS - COMET CHILDREN'S CENTRE (FUNDED BY MOS)
FREE URBAN MEADOWS FESTIVAL- DALSTON EASTERN CURVE GARDEN
FREE WILD ABOUT WILD PLACES - ISLINGTON ECOLOGY CENTRE, GILLESPIE PARK NATURE RESERVE (AN OCTOPUS COMMUNITY PROJECT)
FREE HAVEN HOUSE FUN DAY - ESSEX
ALTERNATIVE PRESS FESTIVAL - LISTEN SOFTLY SPOKEN WORD EVENT - LONDON
FREE
HAVEN HOUSE SUMMER FAYRE - ESSEX
THE CARAVAN OF STORYTELLERS PRESENTS 'A BITE OF THE GOLDEN APPLE' - THE BROADWAY BOOKSHOP, HACKNEY - LONDON
FREE
THE REDBRIDGE GREEN FESTIVAL LONDON
VENICE CARNIVAL CELEBRATIONS - LONDON
STORIES FROM THE COW BARN - EAST SUSSEX

FOREST ROW FESTIVAL (TREE WALK) - EAST SUSSEX
FREE
STORIES FROM THE PERECLES ROUNDHOUSE - EAST SUSSEX
AUTUMN EQUINOX CELEBRATIONS
- EAST SUSSEX
STORYTELLING AT EMERSON COLLEGE
- EAST SUSSEX



 

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

www.facebook.com/caravanof.storytellers


 
I founded The Caravan of Storytellers in 2011
Bringing artists together to share stories, music, song and poetry in exciting places and spaces
As a company of storytellers we can bring something special to your festival, gathering, event or evening that can include music and improvised storytelling with the audience
Please contact us about your upcoming event:
e) caravanofstorytellers@hotmail.com






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.

 

 
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


 


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