Sophie Snell storyteller
Sophie Snell, professional storyteller for adults and children


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Tel: 01332 840007

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Sophie Snell is a professional storyteller based just outside Derby, with a secondary base in Oxford too. A warm, engaging and lively performer, Sophie regularly travels throughout the UK and even overseas to entertain both children and adults at public events, festivals, storytelling clubs, schools, libraries and museums.

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Nominated for the BASE (British Awards for Storytelling Excellence) awards under the category "Outstanding Female Storyteller 2013".

Sophie has a wide repertoire of stories, based largely on traditional folk tales plucked from the stones and bones of the British Isles and Northern Europe. She loves tales that twist and turn, finding the unexpected, the comical and the intriguing. Author of "The Pirate's Sister" and "Dragon's Tales", she also writes for children and adults.

With a background in senior management, Sophie works with corporate, educational and arts bodies, leading workshops and inset training sessions. Using the medium of oral storytelling, she creates tailored workshops for students of all ages and backgrounds - primary and secondary school students, teachers, parents / carers, members of the public or corporate staff. Her unique combination of storytelling skills and corporate experience helps to build confidence, creativity, oral, literacy, communication and presentation skills.

"Bringing a story alive with voice, movement and humour, watching children giggling and entranced, or adults hooked by the story, is a magical life and I relish every moment of it!” Sophie Snell

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Sophie recently took her show "Seven Deadly Sins" to the Buxton Festival Fringe 2010 where it was nominated for two Fringe Awards - under "Spoken Word" and "New Writing". Here's what the Chair of Buxton Fringe had to say about the show:

"It is always a good sign when an hour speeds by, and storyteller Sophie Snell had the audience gripped from the outset. I was expecting some kind of plod through the seven deadly sins but instead Snell wove three disturbing British folk tales (all new to me) within a clever framing story...

"Snell has a way with words and is a very expressive performer who really knows how to tell a story and paint pictures in your head. Without spoiling the plot, I can tell you that certain images are indelibly printed on my consciousness... Viscerally thrilling as the show is... it is also intellectually satisfying with a near perfect overall structure and a neat twist at the end. Recommended."
Stephanie Billen, Chairman, Buxton Festival Fringe, July 2010

Other audience / client comments include:

"To possess that charisma, that energy, that memory! Spellbinding and better than any film or tv! Fantastic evening - wonderful!" Amanda Bowman, BBC Radio Nottingham.

"I am envious of her kids bedtime stories, she is phenominal!" "An excellent addition to Wirksworth Festival - amazing!" Audience comments, Seven Deadly Sins performance, Wirksworth Festival 2010.

"Lively and engaging. Sophie's natural ability to tell a good tale captivated our audience. She really involved them and hoots of laughter echoed around this Tudor building. I can't wait to have her back again!" Anita Spencer, Curator, Bakewell Old House Museum.

"Thank you very much for coming to school today. I wanted to email and say how much we all enjoyed it. I've had nothing but positive comments from staff and the children! Thanks again and hope to work with you in the future!" Tracey Lawrence, Teacher, The Pastures Primary School, Leics.

"Your flexible approach and team spirit were hugely appreciated and an asset to the event as a whole, as was your good organisation and professionalism throughout. Thank you!" Neo Heny, Arts Project Co-ordinator, Amber Valley Borough Council.

"The Foundation Class teacher still speaks about your visit and how successful it was." Anne Wright, Teacher, Dry Sandford Primary School, Oxfordshire.

“Delightful storytelling..."

"Great fun and hugely enjoyable - we didn't want it to end!"

"Very engaging - the boys described your stories as "awesome!"

"Sophie has a wicked sense of humour!

I have never seen that group so intent on listening, they were hanging on to every word!"

Various audience comments 2009/10


"Those gifted with storytelling weave an invisible web that draws the listener into the tale without you realizing what’s happening. Sophie Snell is one of those storytellers whose voice mesmerizes you while images form in your mind as the tale unfolds."

Cindy Vallar, reviewer - see

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Burghley House, "Festival of Surprises"
August 2010
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"Whether it is human foibles or village intrigue, I love stories that connect people across time and culture. Stories that send a shiver down your back or make you laugh out loud.

"... and I admit to a real weakness for the folk tales of the countryside that embody all that is human - our passions and failings, and our response to the landscape - how it has grown and shaped our lives."
Sophie Snell

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