Janet Tells Stories


I’ve been telling stories since a child, worked with stories for therapeutic effect in my first career as a psychiatric social worker and family therapist, as well as supporting my Morris team with stories between dances. 

In 1994 I met Dan Keding, Liz Weir and Sheila Stewart, storytellers at Sidmouth Folk Week and discovered I could tell stories to an audience. Fast forward to 2004 I left the day job to become a jobbing community storyteller working in diverse projects ranging from schools to children’s hospital therapeutic storyteller, to oral history collections turned in to songs, to facilitating personal storytelling in Israel and Palestine, and working with storytelling for change in my work as a bereavement support. All the while with the support of Sidmouth Folk Festival who amazingly invited me back for many years to run workshops and story rounds. I no longer work fulltime as a storyteller but still run workshops and do performances- especially around the Night Sky and biodiversity! I act as mentor and story coach to up and coming storytellers. I have now written three books of folktales for the History Press- “Devon Ghost Tales” won the Storytelling World Award for best Anthology of Folk Tales for 2020. 

This is an interview by Surrey Storytellers which is on their website. I founded then in 2008 and they are still going strong. By their 10th birthday I had moved to Devon and they interviewed me as part of their celberations. There is far too much to tell you- but just enjoy the link.