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Sat, 16 Jul


Centre for Folklore, Myth and Magic

Tom Phillips- Folk Stories from Story Stick

Join Tom the Tale Teller as he tells stories from his much-travelled story stick. He will take you to faraway lands... and have you back in time for tea.

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Tom Phillips- Folk Stories from Story Stick
Tom Phillips- Folk Stories from Story Stick

Time & Location

16 Jul 2022, 15:00

Centre for Folklore, Myth and Magic, Todmorden, UK

About the event

Tom ‘the Tale Teller’ Phillips is a part-time professional storyteller, part-time author, full-time Site Manager running a museum and country park and a full-time husband and father of 2 very energetic little ones.

Starting his life as a trained primary school teacher, Tom began telling his tales to his class on a Friday afternoon before venturing into grown-up storytelling. That was nearly 15 years ago. In this time, Tom has told stories across the land at storytelling clubs, in schools, at festivals big and small, and other social clubs (his favourite being a wine and beer club).

Alongside that, Tom has always had a passion for writing and has used his storytelling and knowledge of folklore to help him write several articles for Folklore Thursday. Following this, he had the chance to write Leicestershire Folk Tales for Children for the History Press, shortly followed by Forest Folk Tales for Children a year later. Both of these books are available now.

Tom has always loved stories, from his Dad telling him Brer Rabbit stories at bedtime to telling his own children stories around the fire in the garden, stories and storytelling run through his veins. His animated and loose style engages and captivates audiences of any age.

What do you need to tell a good story? That’s simple, a stick, a suitcase, an audience and a storyteller. Armed with his trusty Story-stick full of stories (in case he forgets them), his Story-Suitcase to hold his various furry friends and props and his boundless energy and excitement for stories, Tom the Tale Teller will whisk you away to far off lands and adventures, all without leaving your seat. Come prepared to join in, to listen and to use your imagination as Tom takes you on an adventure like never before. No books, no scripts, nothing is rehearsed and ANYTHING can happen (and often does). There will also be a chance to buy some of his folk tale books, if you just don’t want the magic and adventure to end, you can take it home with you!


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