South West England and South Wales, Saikat Ahamed

Saikat is a writer-performer based in Bristol. He is an actor working on stage, screen and radio but he also works as a professional storyteller. Saikat has been working with us since 2011.

Yorkshire & The Humber, Shuna Beckett

Since 2000, Shuna has been working as a drama and storytelling facilitator in both school and community settings, four years of which of which were spent developing performing arts projects in South America. She has a background in participatory work which aims to include and empower the most socially excluded members of our society. Shuna has been working with us since 2011.

West Midlands and North Wales, Fiona Collins

Fiona is a storyteller with a great love of traditional tales.  She has a special interest in encouraging young people to see themselves as  storytellers, and co-ordinates the Young Storyteller of the Year Projects in England and Wales.  She has been Storyteller in Residence in Special Schools for Flintshire and is the storyteller in a multi-arts team working with young people with special needs in Telford & Wrekin. Fiona has been working with us since 2011.

North East England, Gary Cordingley

Gary lives near Newcastle Upon Tyne and has been telling stories & performing theatre in and around the North East since the late 1990's. Garyhas been working with us since 2011.

South West England, Kathie Johnston

Kathie is a storyteller and musician who lives in Brixham, Devon. She has been an Adult & Community Learning Tutor and a Bookstart Co-ordinator. Kathie has been working with us since 2010.

East Anglia, Marion Leeper

Based in Cambridge, Marion works as an educator and storyteller, in particular with the early years. But telling stories for Bag Books is always a highlight of her week! Marion has been working with us since 2011.

East Midlands, Chris Lowe

A professional storyteller since 1995, Chris assists teenagers with learning difficulties to express themselves. He has helped pupils with severe physical disabilities to stage a showcase on Martin Luther King at a city centre theatre in Birmingham.  Chris is well known at Storytelling and Folk Festivals from Whitby to Weston and entertains a wide variety of audiences with stories and storytelling workshops. Chris has been working with us since 2011.

London, Nina Martinez

After several years as an officer in the Metropolitan Police Force, Nina took a career break to raise her children. Once they were settled in school, Nina began a new career, working part-time for Bexley Library service as their Study Support Co-ordinator (Special Schools). Nina contacted Bag Books for help with resources and training and became so involved that she has been working with us since 2007.

North West England, Susanna Oldfield

Since 2003, Susanna has been storytelling professionally to all ages and abilities, and has a performance background. She has worked in art galleries, museums, schools, libraries, arts venues and festivals up and down the country and has toured internationally. She beleives stories have the power to transcend boundaries and communicate in a profound way to everyone. Susanna has been working with us since 2011.

South East England, Bernard Tagliavini

Bernard is a storyteller, singer, actor and director. As a storyteller, he has worked with all age-groups, both performing and giving workshops. These have included school children, drama students, student teachers, elderly people, people with visual impairment and people with physical disabilities. He can also be found, each July, helping co-ordinate the Uckfield Festival in East Sussex, where he lives with his wife and three children. Bernard has been working with us since 2007.

Scotland, Diane Thornton

Diane trained as an actor at Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh and at Ecole Philippe Gaulier, London. As well as being a professional performer, Diane is an experienced theatre maker and facilitator. She worked for several years on the international exchange project “Contacting the World” and has directed theatre projects with young people living in areas of conflict. Diane works regularly as a Clowndoctor and Elderflower for Hearts&Minds, creating performed interventions with children in hospitals and hospices, and with ladies and gentleman with dementia. She lives in Argyll where she runs a forest and beach adventure group for the under 5s and performs interactive forest theatre for families. Diane has been working with us since 2012.