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You may ask....."What about Mikes (590+) previous engagements before he went "webwise"?

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HERE ARE PAST EVENTS that were actually featured on the website, this might give you ideas!.....

....even for your wedding reception, the webmaster was honoured to employ Mike along with the bride and grooms teddies to appear at his wedding reception , Mike is shown on the left in his only suit? with Snowball in tow!


PAST EVENTS:2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 & 2003 | Forthcoming Events

Past Events: 2014/2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2003/4

DECEMBER 2005 | Top

3rd December 2005  Winchester City Museum Storytelling. Tel: 01962 848269 Changed from 26th November, see: http://www.winchester.gov.uk/Event.asp?id=SX9452-A7802E67

NOVEMBER 2005 | Top

26th November 2005. Winchester City Museum. Tel: 01962 848269 CHANGED TO 3rd December

OCTOBER 2005 | Top

24th October 2005. Bishop's Waltham Library. www.hants.gov.uk/library/bishops-waltham

October 27th 2005. Halloween storytelling for all the family at Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill, Portsmouth. Stories in the tunnels. See http://www.stvincent.ac.uk/WfS/Tourism/Portsmouth/NavDef/FtNelson/

28th October 2005. The Marlands Shopping Mall, Southampton. take a rest from retail therapy and listen to a few stories. Storytelling in between 11.0 a.m and 3.30 p.m. see: http://www.themall.co.uk/whatson/details.aspx?mall=Marlands&id=233512361

Saturday 29th October 2005. SNELLSMOOR COMMON, Berkshire. Halloween storytelling there in the evening - more details to follow! More Details:

Mon 31st October. Spooky Storytelling for families at Itchen Valley Country Park, 7.00pm - 8.30pm. More Details:

SEPTEMBER 2005 | Top

Wallingford Bunkfest: Friday 2nd - Sunday 4th September 2005

"Michael O'Leary Michael has travelled far and wide in his search for stories; from the bottom of his garden to the nearest pub. He has a particular interest in BunkFest as his mum was a girl in nearby Cholsey in the 1930s and 40s and remembers travelling on the Wallingford Bunk steam railway which would stop and wait for you if you were late, and swimming in the River Thames avoiding the Salter steamers... she was swimming in the Thames when war broke out. Michael's dad, Paddy O'Leary, comes, as the name suggests, from a little further west...Wales! All these family influences have helped shape Michael into the generally confused individual he now is... that's what makes a storyteller. Oh, and the stories come with music; it's all attention seeking. "

17th and 18th September 2005. Stour Valley Festival, Bournemouth.

24th September. "All Aboard H.M.S. Hamble" Family Storytelling on Hamble Quay. http://www.hamblevalley.com/hv-1606

AUGUST 2005 | Top

2nd August - 5th August 2005. Activities at Portsmouth Libraries
More Details: The Reading Voyage - Summer Reading Challenge activity timetable 2005

From the Odyssey to Trafalgar, Stories of the Sea. Stories aimed primarily at children; but there's nothing stopping adults enjoying them!

Tuesday 2nd August:
North End Library, Gladys Avenue, Portsmouth. 10:30am - 11:30am
Carnegie Library, Fratton Road, Portsmouth. 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Central Library, Portsmouth. 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Thursday 4th August:
Elm Grove Library, Elm Grove, Portsmouth. 10:30am - 11:30am
Portsea Library, Saint James Street, Portsmouth. 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Alderman Lacey Library, Tangier Street, Portsmouth. 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Friday 5th August.
Paulsgrove Library, Marsden Road, Portsmouth. 10.30am - 11.30am
Beddow Library, Milton Road, Portsmouth. 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Cosham Library, Spur Road, Portsmouth. 3:00pm - 4:00pm

WHERE? Click here to find location information etc. about each branch library

3rd August 2005, 7.30 - 9.00 Family storytelling at Blackwater Arboretum, New Forest (Forestry Commission event).


3rd August 2005. Royal Marines Museum, Southsea, Hampshire, PO4 9PX Tel: 023 9281 9385

6th August 2005 Basingstoke Balloon Festival

11th August 2005. "Out to Lunch", 12.30 - 2.30. Portsmouth City Museum. Museum Road Portsmouth Hampshire England PO1 2LJ Telephone: +44 (0)23 9282 7261

24th August 2005. Royal Marines Museum, Southsea, Hampshire, PO4 9PX Tel: 023 9281 9385

27th August 2005 'Sting in the Tale' Festival - Moors Valley Country Park, Ashley Heath, Dorset


JULY 2005

2nd July 2005. Southampton East Neighbourhoods Partnerships Family Fun Day - Riverside Park (Wood Mill End), Southampton

9th July 2005. Milton Park, Portsmouth. More details to follow

10th July 2005. Bishops Waltham Festival, Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire SO32 1DH

'Lads and Dads' library sessions.

14th July 2005: Stubbington Library 16.00 - 17.00 Tel: 01329 663775

'Spooky Stories with Michael O'Leary', in association with HOG the Limelight. Dare you listen to the frightening and chilling tales he weaves? An afternoon of entertainment for children aged 8 years and over. Tickets FREE but necessary

14th July 2005: Fareham Library 19.00 - 20.15 Tel: 01329 282715

'Spooky Storytelling with Michael O'Leary':Guaranteed to entertain all ages with his unique style A Library Lads event for young people aged 11 & over with accompanying adult. Tickets free but necessary

Wessex Archaeology

16th July 2005. Wessex Archaeology, Salisbury. Activities taking place: VIEW PDF

.17th July 2005 6.30 p.m.
The Earth House, Cranbourne.












Michael O'Leary tells "Guenevere's Funeral - the long tramping road to Eden"

"The title comes from a legend that Guenevere's funeral cortege can sometimes be seen travelling from Amesbury to Glastonbury. Michael assures us that if you sit, of an evening, in the garden of the excellent Barge Inn in Honeystreet in the Vale of Pewsey, you might sometimes see the silhouette of Guenevere's funeral cortege against the evening sky - The Road to Eden is a group of stories based around tracks, green lanes and ancient paths."

Mike was a great hit at the Earthouse when he last performed there.

Suitable for all ages - £7 for adults and £3.50 for under 16's (including a complimentary drink during the interval)

To book tickets please call 01202 888992 to confirm availability before sending a cheque payable to 'A.T.C. Friends Account' (enclosing S.A.E.) to East Dorset Heritage Trust, Allendale House, Hanham, Road, Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 1AS.


JUNE 2005

30th June 2005. Lads 'n Dads event in the evening at Knightwood Junior School, Bell Flower Way, (off Knightwood Rd) Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, Hampshire SO53 4HW Tel: 023 8026 1900

26 June 2005. Botley Festival, Hampshire. 11:00 - 16:00 Tel: 01489 789975. visit www.botley.com for more details! Mike will be judging the Bill and Ben Contest!!!!!

For children (and for the not-so-young!), Michael O'Leary, master storyteller, will weave his magic and hold his audience spellbound.

The Festival in 2005, organised by the Botley Association, in line with the Botley Association's constitution, the beneficiary will be Friends of All Saints, who are raising funds to build an extension to the Church Room. This room is used by a number of community groups.

The famous Croydon SDA Choir will perform at 4.30pm at All Saints Parish Church, following the Botley Festival. Refreshments will be available during the intermission.

9th Hampshire Children and Families Forum Fun Day - Hedge End

1st / 3rd Portsmouth Dockyard - 4 Venues - Mary Rose Museum, Victory Gallery, HMS Warrior, "Action Stations"

MAY 2005

30th Exmouth Festival Storytelling and Teddy Bear Judging! VIEW PDF

28th / 29th Portsmouth Dockyard - 4 Venues - Mary Rose Museum, Victory Gallery, HMS Warrior, "Action Stations"

15th May 2004 Catherington Lith Living Woodland Fair

8th May 2005. Grange Farm, Little Woodham Lane, Rowner, Gosport.

5th May 2005. Gosport Living History Society, Little Woodham Village, Gosport. Part of the May Day festivities.

APRIL 2005

29th April 2005. Workshop for adults who work in special needs schools. To be held at Cedar School, Redbridge Lane, Nursling, Southampton. SO16 0XN.

MARCH 2005

Saturday 26 March 2005. "Tales, Yarns & Legends at the Westgate"

Winchester City Museum. Tel: 01962 848269. Westgate Museum, Winchester.


"Come along and hear a traditional storyteller weave his tales of fearsome giants, hereos and spooks, all with a local flavour for a family audience."

The yearns commence on: 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm, 3.30pm

Admission is free to this special event and no booking is required, just turn up!

Westgate Opening time Sat 10am - 4pm Access: Up steep stone stairs with rope handrail. For further information please contact:

Community Services Department
City Offices
Colebrook Street
SO23 9LJ

Telephone: 01962 848269 / Fax: 01962 848299

And see webpage: http://www.winchester.gov.uk/SubTopicM.asp?ID=4539

5th March 2005. "Stories with a Local Twist".

Mike is storyteller in residence at the opening day of the new Gosport Discovery Centre. ......What are Discovery Centres?.


FEBRUARY 2005 | Top

16 Feb 2005. Bordon Library, Forest Centre, Bordon, Hants, GU35 0TN tel:01420 489288

Wednesday 16 February 2005. "Storytelling with Michael O'Leary". 2-3pm for 5 - 7 year olds, 4-5pm for 8 - 11 year olds. Free tickets will be available from the library in January. Accessibility: There is gently sloped access to the library, Parking is available

18 February 2005, Moors Valley Country Park and Forest ten miles north of Bournemouth. Family Event, "A Ghostly Tale", 7pm - 9pm, Cost: £6.50 per adult and £4.50 for children. Age(s): 7 years and above. Listen to the myths and dark legends of the New Forest with Mike O'Leary. But be prepared to be scared! The price includes a drink during the interval. Mike performed here in December 2004 "Tales by The Tree".

PAST EVENTS in 2003/2004


NOTE: For pre Summer 2003 stuff, you can take a look at the newspaper cuttings for some of the press coverage Mike has acrued in the past, that is of course if you are a Luddite who uses Adobe Acrobat. ( I believe both Mike & I prefer the Rebecca Rioters to the Luddites as they had far better dress sense - engraving left from the Illustrated London News. 1843 )


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What the Papers Said......Find out for yourself!

“Children take off their shoes and gather on the silk to be transported into a land of hobgoblins and genies, Old Nan or Green-fingered Jenny. This group were soon spirited away.”

Alton Gazette and Advertiser

“Accompanying his words with the haunting lilt of wooden pipes, there was at one point a distinct resemblance to Hamelin’s Pied Piper.”

Hampshire Chronicle

“Many of Michael’s tales may have their roots obscured by the mists of time but they are very relevant to the modern day.”

Southern Evening Echo

.....Find out for yourself!

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