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(page last updated Wednesday, January 1, 2014)

Mike says: "Please remember that most of the storytelling I do is for schools, hospitals, prisons or private functions that won't feature on this page, however there are also some public performances you might like to attend..... here are some of the ones coming up in the near future"...


December 2010

Weds 22nd December 4pm Tadley Library. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/library/tadley-library.htm

October 2010

Sunday 3rd October. Green and Global Funday, Aldershot http://www.rushmoor.gov.uk/media/images/b/r/ggfdmedlg.gif or as PDF here

From the 4th to the 8th October Mike will be taking part in the Warwick Words Festival. http://warwickwords.co.uk/

Saturday, 9th October. Pumpkin Festival. Royal Victoria Country Park, Netley, Southampton. http://www.jst.hampshire.org.uk/

Sunday, 17th October. Bursledon Brickworks. http://www.bursledonbrickworks.org.uk/halloween.html

Thursday & Friday, 28th & 29th October. Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Horndean. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshire-countryside/qecp/qecp-eventdetails?id=94585

Saturday 30th October. The Westgate, Winchester. http://www.visitwinchester.co.uk/site/media/press-releases/pr06a1009

September 2010

Saturday 18th September. Leesland Park Funday, Portsmouth. http://www.leeslandpark.ik.com/

Sunday 19th September. Calling all Christchurch beavers - storytelling at Braggers Wood again!

New Forest Festival. Saturday 25th September. http://www.newforestfestival.com/

August 2010

Sunday 22nd August. Wimborne Minster for The Sting in the Tale Festival. http://www.stinginthetale.org.uk/events/details.asp?id=28

Monday 30th August. Storytelling on Poole Quay, Dorset. http://www.poolequay.com/ Details to follow.

July 2010

Apologies to all who, like me, love the Catherington Lith Festival. The date has moved , which meant this year I was unable to do it. Hopefully normal service will be resumed next year.

1st and 2nd of July.REVVVVING UP - Heavy metal around Mongolia..............HOGRAOST, Andover http://www.hograost.com/

3rd July. Open Day at Priors Court School, Newbury http://www.wherecanwego.com/search/ViewEvent.aspx?e=361674

18th July. Buriton Fair. http://www.heavensentus.co.uk/acatalog/FAIRS.html

June 2010

Houndsdown Literary Festival, Totton. 29th June.


May 2010

3rd May. Little Woodham 17th Century Village, Gosport. http://www.littlewoodham.org.uk/

Saturday 8th May: 2 - 4pm Danebury Iron Age Hill Fort nr Stockbridge Help us decide what exciting new activities we could provide for schools, families and the local community at this ancient hill fort, the results will form a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund

An opportunity to share your views and give feedback

Storytelling with Mike O’Leary Iron Age face painting and dressing up

Saturday 15th May. Bring your little people along to Bitterne Park Infant School, Southampton, for the Riverside Pre-School Funday.Riverside pre-School

Saturday 29th – Monday 31st May (Whitsun) – The Hawk Conservancy Trust. Sarson Lane, Weyhill, Andover, Hampshire. SP11 8DY, UK. Story-telling Weekend – 10.00am-5.30pm A weekend of stories and fables all about the natural world suitable for all ages! Normal admission prices apply

April 2010

12th April. Winchester City Museum.
Mon 12 Apr Bring the family to come and listen to some weird and wonderful stories of old Winchester, from ghostly monks of Hyde Abbey to the spectres that stalk the downlands. Free entry, adults must stay in attendance. Time: 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

16th and 17th April. Stellar storytelling at INTECH planetarium, near Winchester.
The Man in the Moon and the Bear in the Sky

As an Easter special, professional storyteller Michael O'Leary will be weaving stories of the Moon and celestial beasts. Come young and old (and particularly 6-10yr olds) to hear Michael spin tall tales in the atmospheric planetarium under a canopy of stars.Schedule: Friday April 16th & Saturday April 17th, at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

Tickets just £2.20 with a ticket to INTECH. Get yours on the day from the front desk (no pre-booking for this event).

Festival of Spring at Grange Farm Gosport 25th April.

March 2010

20th March. Winchester City Museum.



Sunday 21st March. Nature Navigation Day at Manor Farm Country Park, Botley.


27th March: Light Nights Festival in Portsmouth

A Lantern Parade and a bus tour will guide you around the city, to events that include spooky encounters at New Theatre Royal and City Museum, unique light shows at the King’s Theatre and Southsea Castle. Story Telling for young ones at the City Library, some bright new young artists at Art Space and a family craft day at Gunwharf Quays. From 3.00pm Story telling for young ones led by Michael O’Leary. 5.00pm.

Young people can gather up Lanterns made by Dot To Dot and join a parade around the Guildhall Square The New Theatre Royal. ‘’Taking Time’’ 4.00pm/5.00pm/6.00pm. A strange and spooky tour of the theatre’s stairs, passages and hidden corners. What’s in this cupboard? Who’s this coming down the stairs? What’s behind there? Dare you open the door? Created and performed by a group of young people, with Dot to Dot, Unexpected Opera and the New Theatre Royal. http://www.visitportsmouth.co.uk/site/whats-on/light-night-p543101 3.0 followed by the Lost Hour Festival in Southampton:

Family Drop-in Event Sat 27 March/ Drop in between 6.30 – 9.30pm

City Art Gallery and Maritime Museum

FREE ENTRY As the clocks go forward and the nights get brighter, we’re throwing light on some of Southampton’s hidden treasures. Join us for a free night of fun, family entertainment – come and explore Southampton's extraordinary and iconic history and culture after nightfall. You can join a ‘Great Expedition’ along the old walls of the city, in the Nuffield Theatre’s Victorian melodrama promenade, hear some spooky stories at the Maritime Museum from a master storyteller Michael O’Leary, or take a relaxed look at the work of the painter Turner and rejoice in Handbags and Gladrags, just two of the spring exhibitions open all evening at Southampton City Art Gallery. The Lost Hour is supported by Find Your Talent - PUSH. http://www.southampton.gov.uk/s-leisure/artsheritage/sotonartgallery/childrenandfamilysummertermevents.aspx


February 2010

6th February 2010: a.m. Burgess Road Library, Southampton. p.m. Portswood Library, Southampton. http://www.southampton.gov.uk/s-leisure/libraries/local-libraries/ More details later.

16th February: To celebrate the reopening of Lyndhurst Library. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/library/lyndhurst-library.htm

20th Feb. Paulsgrove Library. 12.30 (part of Paulsgrove Community Funday). http://www.portsmouthnews.tv/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=937:paulsgrove-to-host-community-fun-days&catid=35:latest-news&Itemid=67

27th Feb. St. Peters Church Hall, Somers Road, Portsmouth (part of Somerstown Community Funday)

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