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 happy performing in local pubs, folk clubs and cafes as she is on national theatre and festival stages. She regularly visits schools, museums and libraries across the North of England and in 2019 is already set to appear in a good few parks, orchards, hospitals, church halls and tents. Also, more than likely in a yurt, on a boat, a couple of cobbled streets and quite possibly a prison. Her fees are competitively favourable but are further negotiable for community groups with a limited budget; especially those with a charitable cause.
As a registered Celebrant and long standing member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, Ursula further shares her ever increasing interest in tree and plant lore and her regional folk history by facilitating Weddings, Handfastings & Naming Ceremonies and leading seasonal story walks for organisations such as National Forest Schools, The Woodcraft Folk, The National Trust, The Ted Hughes Elmet Trust and The RSPB. In recent years she has also hosted a number of annual ghost / heritage walks for The Haworth Bronte Parsonage Museum, The English Heritage, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, The Halifax Piece Hall & The Burnley Literature Festival.
Ursula’s Life Changing Storytelling Residency with Henry Dancer Days at Leeds General Hospital….
Ursula is beyond excited to announce that from January 2019 onwards she will be taking up a three year storytelling residency with the charity Henry Dancer Days and visiting children receiving treatment for cancer at Leeds General Hospital on a weekly basis. Aware that the position will undoubtedly be as challenging as it will be rewarding, Ursula relishes the prospect of having been given the opportunity to develop her skills in this direction and to explore storytelling more extensively as a therapeutic medium.
She is a magic lady! (Ben Harris, Aged 4 for Whitby Folk Week)