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

Dragon myths and tales at
Heights of Abraham, August 2010

Contact Sophie:

Tel: 01332 840007

Heanor Festival storytelling

Heanor Library
Heanor Festival 2009

“How you kept them so quiet and enrapt was amazing - they were completely caught up in the stories."

"Delightful storytelling. Great fun and hugely enjoyable, we didn't want it to end!"

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

burghley house

Burghley House
Festival of Surprises, Aug 2010

"Sophie has a wicked sense of humour!... I have never seen that group so intent on listening, they were hanging on to every word!"

"The little stories were
great fun!"

"We loved the puppets - and the dragon - fabulous! My little girl is dragon-mad and was delighted by the whole thing!"

Audience comments 2009 /10

Stamford Festival

Stamford Music Festival 2010





Sophie tells for all ages - whether pre-school, primary school age or teenagers and young adults. Sophie regularly works in Schools - primary, secondary and pre-school. She does a lot of family storytelling at festivals, libraries, historical houses and museums, arts venues, parks and outdoor centres, and tourist attractions.

Performances vary from assemblies, theatre / gallery audiences and storywalks to small intimate groups, workshops, tales in a tent or round a campfire. Each one tailored in length and style to suit the setting, age or a particular theme.

With younger children, Sophie combines short, interactive and highly engaging tales with a few favourite props - from her very popular dragon kite, to a magical singng bowl or a simple apple.

As the children get older,the stories develop in length and sophistication, using humour and the teasing twist and turn of a good story to draw the listeners in. Sophie is particularly good at finding stories to engage both boys and girls. Fun, scary, intriguing and highly atmospheric - her stories alternate from exhuberance and vivid imagery to an expressive warmth and empathy, giving an experience that will fascinate and inspire even the most reluctant listener.

Stories are often selected to follow a client's particular theme or appropriate to whoever turns up on the day. But here are some specific shows you might like to consider

Monsters, Magic and Mayhem For children age 7 +

There is mischief afoot with this delightful pick and mix of wonder tales from around the world. Magical singing bowls collide with glorious gifts and woodland waifs. A joyous journey of discovery through some of Sophie's favourite tales.

The Green Bottle Pirate and other Tales For children age 2 – 6.

An engaging set of short, interactive tales, perfect for younger listeners. Featuring familiar and fun fairy tales reworked to deliver a satisfyingly fast and furious tumble through the world of traditional tales.

Hairy Scary Stories For children age 7 + and families.

You never know what you might do if you are hungry enough... Join Sophie as she cooks up a tale or two along with her signature dish. There are ghostly apparitions and things that go bump in the night in this deliciously wicked set of strange and spooky tales. Expect mild peril (not too mild!) and maybe the odd monster or two lurking with intent...

"Sophie has a wicked sense of humour! When it came to the Hairy Toe story we were killing ourselves with laughter!"

Dragon Tales For children age 7 + and families.

In 2006, Sophie published a set of her own Dragon stories (See Shop). This set is based on some of those stories, complemented by the rich plethora of dragon myths from around the world.

"Colourful, long-lived, and reputedly wise... a dragon exists in many a guise!"

Halloween Hoot For children age 2 - 6; and for age 7 + and families.

A special collection of tales to celebrate Halloween, or the turn of the seasons at Samhain. When the veil between the two worlds of the living and the dead is said to be its thinnest, then the fairies, witches - good and bad, ghoulish ghosts and tricksters are afoot.

Perfect for all the fun of Halloween - not to be taken too seriously!

Deep within the Greenwood For children age 7+ and families.

With the lush green of spring come trees heavy with blossom, balmy breezes soft with the scent of sweetbriar and the trill or birds hidden in the branches. A hint of the bountiful beauty of summer to come. But deep in the forest, where the river flows dark and silent, lies something else. Magic and mischief, sleepless shadows, dragons, fairies and river sprites... and creatures even the woodsman knows nothing about...

Lose yourself in the wonder tales of Northern Europe, deep in the dappled glades of its dense forests - where anything could happen.

Bastille For all KS2 primary school year groups.

A set of stories woven around the story of Bastille Day (14th July) and the beginning of the French Revolution. This show helps to introduce the concept of revolution, the so-called "3 estates" (aristocracy, church and peasants) and the injustices and natural disasters of the period that lead to the conflict.

Originally devised at the request of a school, the challenge was to produce a show that explains this sometimes violent and cruel period of history, in a manner both engaging and appropriate for KS2 primary school year groups.

"The French folk tales of the late 18th century are both familiar and fun, but steeped in the social and political unrest of the day - starvation, unemployment and the displacement and disintegration of families. I quickly realised they were the perfect solution to presenting these concepts in an accessible way." Sophie.

Sophie uses French language, contextual reference and some translation to introduce simple French phrases and words into the story. The perfect way to explore language, culture and history for a French or History Week.


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"One of the best things about storytelling is seeing the look on teenage or parents' faces as they realise storytelling is just as entertaining for adults, and the absorbed silence that suddenly descends on the whole family as they are drawn into the story! It's magic and why I love what I do!"

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