Sophie Snell storyteller
Sophie Snell, professional storyteller for adults and children
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Sophie Snell at folk on the Farm, Ashby, Leicestershire
Folk on the Farm, Aug 09

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Sophie Snell at folk on the Farm, Ashby, Leicestershire

"Music, poetry and stories on a wonderful, balmy summer's evening."

Y Not Festival Aug 09

Y Not Festival, Matlock, Derbyshire


Y Not Festival, Matlock, Derbyshire


Y Not Festival, Matlock, Derbyshire

"Great music, quite a bit of beer, a whole load of mud, and a few stories shared with a really enthusiastic audience - bliss!"

Wollaton Children's Festival 09

Childrens festival storytelling, Nottingham 2009

Childrens festival storytelling, Nottingham 2009

Childrens festival storytelling, Nottingham 2009

"All those people!
High energy stuff, but great fun!"


This is my page of news and titbits to keep you in touch with what I am up to. It is really helpful to have any comments and suggestions on the work that I do and of course I welcome any enquiries or commissions. So please email me at: or Tel 01332 840007.

August 09

The kids are now on holiday and after a very busy last two weeks, at last I can get a lie-in and enjoy a bit of time with the boys!

The second outing of my new show "Seven Deadly Sins" on 3rd July at the Abbey Pub in Darley Abbey went really well - we had a packed house and the performance had really grown from its first outing as part of the Flying Donkeys Fifth Wednesday Project in April. There are several further bookings of the show to took forward to (see dates below) and some of the pictures are now being used for the website banners. Here are a few audience comments from the night:

"An excellent storyteller - I was gripped!"
"It's only the break and I'm loving it! Sophie - you are a fantastic storyteller - and the stories - and the way you tell them - just get better!"
"Really enjoyed the delivery - compelling stuff!"
"Great fun - very enjoyable."
"10 out of 10! Very atmospheric and very absorbing."
"Very powerful and moving."

I also premiered a second new show, this month, being "Bastille" - a commission for a school in Cheshire looking to introduce and explain the French Revolution for children from Reception to Year 6. Quite a challenge! But it worked out really well. The piece is a 45 minute set of three French folk tales from the period that illustrate the socio-economic background to the revolution in an accessible way, framed by the story of the storming of the Bastille, and told partly in French (with translation!). Performing it 6 times in one day was a tour de force! The kids were all dressed for the occasion and partook with great fervour, listening really well and peppering me with questions. They were totally unphased by the French language too - fantastique!. If you are interested in booking this as part of a French week or History week or as a one-off school performance, do get in touch.

Warslow Festival storytelling, DerbyshireBut my favourite moment of the week was at Warslow Festival, with the Flying Donkeys, where during a lovely summer's day ensconced in the storytelling tent, my youngest son Jasper took us by surprise as he suddenly launched into a storytelling performance of his own. With exciting twists and turns, dramatic dragons and adventurous boys, Jasper took us through a perfect 8 minute rendition of his own story - and he is only 5! Young Storyteller of the Year, here we come!

I have several events coming up where you can see me telling for both adults and children, so here are a few dates:

Tues 28th July - Private booking, storytelling for The Light House, a disabled children's project in Derby.

Sat / Sun 1st / 2nd August - family storytelling at the Y Not Festival, near Matlock 1 - 3pm each day.

Sun 2nd August, 4.30pm - Private booking for a family christening event.

Sat / Sun 8th / 9th August - training workshop with Flying Donkeys.

Sat 8th August - Burton Storytellers Open Night at the Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton.

Sun 16th August - family stories / workshops with Nottingham Storytellers at the Children's Festival at Wollaton Park, Nottingham 11 - 5pm.

Tues 18th August - catch me telling a story at the new Sheffield storytelling club "Story Forge" at the Fat Cat in Sheffield, Yorkshire, 7.30pm.

Sun 23rd August - Folk at the Farm Festival (part of Ashby Arts Festival), Coleorton, Leicestershire - music, poetry and storytelling - I am on c 8pm - see

then we are on holiday for a bit...

Thurs 17th Sept - Performance of new show: "The Elements" at the West Bridgford Oxfam Music and Bookshop, Nottingham - 7.30pm. Tickets from Susanne or Steve at the bookshop on tel 0115 982 6951. I will be joined by Mel Blount from Flying Donkeys who has a wonderful lyrical style of telling.

Sat / Sun 19th / 20th September - family storytelling with the Matlock Storytelling Cafe Residents at Ecofest, Markeaton Park, Derby - catch me on the Sunday (doing a workshop elsewhere on the Saturday).

Thurs 24th Sept - "Creepy Tales for Dark Nights" - with the Nottingham Storytellers at Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem, 7.30pm Nottingham.

Wed 30th Sept - MC'ing for Roisin Murray's show "Many Tongues in the Holy Land" at the Multi Faith Centre, Derby on at 3pm and again at 7pm.  Great opportunity to hear Roisin's stories from her recent trip storytelling in Israel.

Fri 2nd Oct - Performance of "Seven Deadly Sins" at Matlock Storytelling Cafe, Matlock Imperial Rooms, Derby. Tel Rachel on 01629 580023.

Tues 6th Oct - Private Booking workshop for Brownies in Derby, 6 - 7.30pm.

Wed 14th October - Performance of "Seven Deadly Sins" as opening night for the new season of Flying Donkeys, at the VoiceBox in Derby, 7.30pm.  I am a committee member of the Flying Donkeys so you can catch me most months at the VoiceBox, second Wed of the month - if not telling, then serving coffee and cake from the hatch!  See website or tel myself on 01332 840007 for advance tickets. 

Tues 20th Oct - Private booking - Halloween storytelling for Beaver Scouts in Derby 6pm.

Sat 31st Oct - Halloween Storywalks, Derby - venue tbc. Details yet to be confirmed - but it is likely we will do two storywalks, one early evening for families, and a second a little later for adults.  This was very popular last year so we suggest you make advance bookings - tickets from myself on tel 01332 840007 or email Don't forget your lanterns / torches and costume!

Mon 9th - Fri 13th Nov - away on a storytelling development course with Shonaleigh "Walking the Wild Side" - intriguing title!

Fri 20th Nov - Performance of "Seven Deadly Sins" at Burton Brewhouse Arts Centre, 7.30pm.  Tickets from the Brewhouse Arts Centre on tel 01283 508100 or contact Margaret Torr, Burton Storytellers on email:

Fri 4th Dec - Performance of new show "Fireside Ghost Tales" at the Abbey Pub, Darley Abbey, 8pm, featuring tales from the crypt of the Abbey itself!  Be warned - the landlady swears by a few tales of her own of ghostly apparitions seen in this wonderful medieval pub.  Advance bookings from myself on tel 01332 840007 or from Chris behind the bar at the pub.

Sat 5th Dec 2pm, Private booking - Christmas storytelling for Scouts Xmas Party, Derby.

For previous month's news, click HERE


"Just wanted to drop you a line to say how much we appreciated your stories at the event last night.

"I thought you were good last year, but you were even better this time around!

"We had lots of lovely comments about your performance and it was great that we had a request for another tale! "

Sue Kendrik, organiser, Folk on the Farm, Leicestershire, August 09. (



Latest News 2009

Autumn storytelling for families:

19th September - Matlock Live! Talk Like a Pirate Day, 11.30 - 2.30pm, Hall Leys Park, Matlock - see
20th September - Ecofest, 11 - 4pm, Markeaton Park, Derby
Sat 27th September - Seas Festival, Skegness, Garner & Firmin's Seaside Souvenir Tent, from 12 noon
31st October - Halloween Storywalk - Allestree Park, 6 - 7pm younger families, 7.30 - 9pm adults and older children. Tel Sophie direct on 01332 840007 for tickets.

...and new dates for Sophie's latest show "The Seven Deadly Sins":

2nd October - Matlock Storytelling Cafe, Matlock Imperial Rooms, 7.30pm
14th October - Flying Donkeys Storytelling Club, the VoiceBox, Derby, 7.30pm
20th November - Brewhouse Arts Centre, Burton on Trent, 7.30pm

...and Sophie with Mel Blount with "The Elements":

17th September - Oxfam Music & Book Shop, West Bridgford, Nottingham, 7.30pm

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