What She Does…
Ursula crafts traditional stories with an impish wit and bags of expression that are founded on a life – long love of folklore and fairy tale. However, she excels and specialises in telling the tales of everyday; real and relevant life affirming stories that boldly confront the challenges bamboozling us all with savvy spirit, street wise sensitivity and a fist full of urban charm.
A home bird at heart, Ursula is as big a fan of hearty pubs, folk clubs and cafes as she is of theatres and festival stages. She is also partial to performing in schools, museums, libraries, parks, hospitals, church halls, tents, yurts, boats, shopping centres; you name it…..even prisons!
Ursula’s fees are competitively favourable but are further negotiable for community groups with a limited budget; especially those with a charitable cause.
A long standing member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids with a keen interest in tree and plant lore and her regional folk history, Ursula further leads story walks for Forest Schools, The Woodcraft Folk, The National Trust, The Ted Hughes Elmet Trust and The RSPB. She also curates a number of seasonal ghost walks for The Bronte Parsonage Museum, The English Heritage, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, The Halifax Piece Hall & The Burnley Literature Festival.
In recent years Ursula has captivated audiences at:
Aberdeen Arts through Learning Festival , A Bit Crack Story Club, BBC Radio 4, Birmingham Storytelling Café, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Brigsteer Story Nights, Bromyard Folk Festival, Burnley Literature Festival, Cambridge Storytelling Club, Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival, Chippenham Folk Festival, Festival at the Edge, Flying Donkeys Story Club, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Holmfirth Folk Festival, Howarth 1940’s Festival, Huddersfield Literature Festival, Isle of Wight Festival, Just So Festival, Lancashire BBC Radio & Leicestershire Guild of Storytelling.
Also at the Lowry Theatre, Lux Fest, Matlock Storytelling Café, Manchester Jazz Festival, Meet of the Tongue Story Club, Music on the Marr, Opera North, Poppy Folk Club, Rochdale Literature Festival, Settle Storytelling Festival, Shrewsbury Folk Festival, Stepping Stones Festival, Torriano Story Nights, Towersey Folk Festival, Whitby Folk Week, Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, Word of Mouth Story Club, York Storytelling Festival & Zest Fest.
One of the best female voices I’ve heard in years.
Full of power and passion.
Alan Surtees, Director of Shrewsbury Folk Festival, August 2013