About Lisa

Photo: Jo Swift

I’m a storyteller, author and environmentalist based on Dartmoor. I find and tell stories that inspire, provoke curiosity and build stronger connections between people and nature.

I work with the oral storytelling tradition, where traditional and modern stories are remembered, shared and passed on to others. You’ll find me telling stories at nature reserves, festivals, schools, charity events and venues all over the South West. My repertoire includes storytelling evenings for adults, shows and collaborations, schools and museums work, story walks and workshops. I have written two books of the traditional British folk tales that I’ve worked and told.

Storytelling allows me to combine two of my great passions: nature, and creative imagination. I’ve been a storyteller for over 12 years, training with Shonaleigh Cumbers, Ben Haggarty and Martin Shaw among others, and continually learning from a diverse storytelling community in the UK and beyond.

I was born in Buckinghamshire and originally trained as an ecologist. I’ve worked in the nature conservation sector for the last 20 years across the UK, in roles including farm advisor, river surveyor, political lobbyist and conservation director. In addition to my storytelling, I work with Devon Wildlife Trust managing and developing landscape scale conservation programmes in north Devon. You can find out more here.

“Lisa takes an old, familiar story   –  and along the way, reshapes and updates it with captivating skill, wit and verve.”

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