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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

NOVEMBER 2006 | Top

Sunday 5 November, 3 - 5 pm Remember, remember! Pre - Bonfire afternoon storytelling. DARK NIGHTS, DARK TALES

Gates will open at 2:15pm and the performance will begin promptly at 3pm. The performance, including the interval, lasts about two hours. Limited parking is available at Cranborne Middle School, otherwise please use the road leading to the school. Access: Having parked, pedestrian access to the Centre is up the gravel track to the left of the school. This part of the route has no lighting so you may wish to bring a torch. Seating: The seats are wooden so we would suggest you bring a comfortable cushion! The building can be quite cold so do wrap up warmly and bring a blanket! Interval: Hot drinks will be offered free of charge at the interval. Safety on site: Coloured lights will direct you once you are on site. This is a working site and adults must ensure that children do not run around or climb on any of the buildings. No smoking or dogs are allowed on site.

The Earthouse, Cranborne, Dorset. See http://www.dorsetforyou.com/index.jsp?articleid=3568 or http://www.artsandkids.org.uk/events/org_search.php?org_name=The%20Earthouse%2C%20Ancient%20Technology%20Centre%2C%20Cranborne

OCTOBER 2006 | Top

Sunday 8th October. Stories as part of the "Walking in West Sussex" Festival . See their [PDF

Oct 23, 24 & 26 October. Halloween storytelling at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Horndean. . Halloween session at Snelsmore Common, Newbury for the Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre.

23, 24 & 26 October. Halloween storytelling at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Horndean. http://www.hants.gov.uk/qecp/

25th and 27th October. Royal Marines Museum, Southsea.

29 October. Evening storytelling for Halloween at The Hawthorns Environment Centre, Southampton. http://www.southampton.gov.uk/leisure/naturalen_environment/hawthorns/default.asp

October 28th and 29th 2006.Halloween storytelling at Fort Nelson, Portsdown Hill http://www.stvincent.ac.uk/WfS/Tourism/Portsmouth/NavDef/FtNelson/

October 31st, 2006.

1) Halloween storytelling at the Westgate, Winchester - in the afternoon.

2) New Forest Event: 31 October: Halloween Horror Stories at Blackwater Arboretum, New Forest http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/ourwoods.nsf/LUWebDocsByKey/EnglandHampshireNoForestNewForestHalloweenHorrorStories

SEPTEMBER 2006 | Top

9th September. Leesland Park, Gosport.

September 16th and 17th, 2006 Stour Valley Festival, near Bournemouth.

AUGUST 2006 | Top

2nd August. Family Stories on a Summer's Eve. Blackwater Arboretum, New Forest. 7.30 - 9.00 PM [more info]

24th August. Christchurch Library

25th August. Verwood Heritage Centre. http://www.verwoodheritage.org and http://verwoodheritage.org/sting_in_the_tale.htm

Mike with his story box, will be visiting the Verwood Heathland Heritage Centre on Friday the 25th of August, to present "Tales at the Pottery" as part of the "Sting in the Tale" festival of Stories.

The "Sting in the Tale" (SITT) is an East Dorset Community Event sponsored by East Dorset District Council

29th August. "Out to Lunch", Portsmouth City Museum.

22 & 23 August. Family storytelling at The Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth. http://www.russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk/index.htm

JULY 2006 | Top

2nd July. Bishops Waltham Festival http://www.bishopswalthamfestival.com/

JUNE 2006 | Top

20th June. Some of the students that Mike worked with at Treloars College in Alton are performing in a play at the Maltings Theatre in Farnham. The play is called "Perception", and they are using storytelling as the core theme.

See the Flyer | Read about creating "Perception" | Cover Artwork | See you there?

List of Open performances

Friday 9 June
7.30pm Florence Treloar Hall, Treloar College, Holybourne.

Tuesday 13 June
7.30pm Phoenix Theatre, Bordon.

Tuesday 20 June
1.00pm South Wing, Farnham Maltings, Farnham.

29th June. The students will also be performing "Perception" (with Mike) at Peter Symonds College, Winchester.

MAY 2006 | Top

1st May. Mayday at Little Woodham Village, Gosport http://www.portsdown.demon.co.uk/village.htm

7th May. Family storytelling at Grange Farm, Rowner, Gosport http://www.gosport.gov.uk/ (search for "May" and "Grange Farm"). Part of "Wildlife Gardening and Mammal Day" 1pm - 4pm At Grange Farm, Rowner. Stalls, displays and advice on how to make your garden more wildlife friendly. Contact: Fred Gibson - Gosport Borough Council, Grange Farm, Rowner 023 9258 8666

17th May. Picnic in the Park, Milton Park, Portsmouth.

20th May. Gosport Discovery Centre. http://discoverycentres.co.uk/gosport/

21st May. Catherington Lith Fair, Horndean. http://www.horndeanpc-hants.gov.uk/events.htm

Saturday 27th May. Sure Start Family Funday at Saint John's Primary School, Castle Way, Southampton.

30th & 31st May. CHANGED FROM 31st & 1st. Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth.

APRIL 2006 | Top

5th, 7th (changed from the 11th) and 12th April. Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth.

February - March, 2006

Mike is unable to take any more bookings in January, February and March* 2006.

From April onwards Mike is taking bookings as usual. During January, February and March Mike is storyteller in residence at Treloar College in Alton, Hampshire. ( ww.treloar.org.uk ) Treloar College is a stimulating and exiting college for physically disabled young people. *

*Mike is still able to honour existing bookings during those three months.

On the 3rd and 4th February, 2006

Mike is celebrating storytelling week by telling stories at the Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre ( www.greenlink-berkshire.org.uk/Thatcham_NDC.htm ) in Berkshire. On the 3rd Mike will be leading storytelling workshops for local schools; if any schools are interested please email

On the 4th Mike will be telling stories for families. For the rest of the week Mike will be storyteller in residence at Treloar College in Alton.

There's a strange link between Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre and the legend of a mysterious beast that haunts Balbirnie Forest in Fife, Scotland. Lisa Ford, who is a ranger at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre, and who comes from Fife, has a large St. Bernard dog called, believe it or not, Bernard. He is responsible for the legend, or at least a lot of recent fuss about the legend. Have a look at http:// www.glenrothesspoon.com It is great to have met the dog who started a story!

February 13th, 15th and 25th, 2006.

Royal Marines Museum, Southsea: Storytelling with a Textile Theme!

February 14th 2006

AM: 11:00 - 12:00 Netley Library www.hants.gov.uk/library/netley/
PM: 14:30 - 15:30 Chandlers Ford Library www.hants.gov.uk/library/chandlers-ford/

February 16th and 17th, 2006

Family Storytelling at the Russell-Cotes Museum, Bournemouth http://www.russell-cotes.bournemouth.gov.uk/vi.htm For details phone: 01202451858

January 2006 | Top

Mike is unable to take any more bookings in January, February and March* 2006.

28th January - 4th February 2006 is National Storytelling Week.

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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