The Tangle of the Commons

Wild plants surround us and shape every aspect of our lives: food, fuel, clothes and landscape. But the old stories tell us that the spirits of nature and of place are not all that they seem. What happens when they are pushed too far – and will humans be the worse for it? Here are wild folk tales from Britain and Ireland that will surprise, shock and inspire you. Suitable for 7+.

This is a new show that I have worked up and tried out during 2016 and 2017 as the Botanical Tales book has taken shape. I’m now preparing to take the show out on tour during 2018 and beyond.





Stories from the Bedrock of the British Isles

“There were giants on the earth in those days….”

Lisa Schneidau and Ronnie Conboy present a storytelling journey through some of the old myths, an exploration of the relationship between the Giants – the great rock builders – and the human beings that came after.

Where did the Giants come from? Where have they gone? And who left all those boulders lying around?

Join us for an evening of myth and story, of fun, wonder, music, laughter and a smidgen of comedy violence, and maybe you’ll find out…… Suitable for 14+

We are reworking this show for telling outdoors in 2018 at sites across England that are… well, giant-y. Contact me if you are interested, and watch the diary for more details.

“A truly entertaining and accomplished story telling.” Bridport audience member



Photo: Maggi Squire

Hag of the Land

An evening of ancient and modern stories, woven with ballad, snatches of song and poetry in honour of the great Hag; of the gentle courage of those who meet her challenge, and of our relationship with the natural world. Brought to you by storytellers Lisa Schneidau, Ronnie Conboy and Sue Charman, and musician Laura Salmon.

In the dark forest beside the pool, on the wild edges of the moor, where the waves crash upon the shore, she will find you: a woman so old, so harsh, so darkly powerful that you fear to look at her. She asks you to let her in, to shelter her, to hold her close, to kiss her, to wed her…..what will you do when you meet the Hag of the Land? Suitable for 14+



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