Who She Is…
Ursula is very different, brilliant and rather fantastic…
(Martin Carthy MBE)
Ursula is a unique force in storytelling. She brings her stories and the characters within them to life in an honest, enthralling and thoroughly entertaining way. Her warmth, wit and compassion shine through every performance. She is an absolute gem.
(BBC Folk Awards Best Duo Finalists 2017, O’Hooley & Tidow)
Ursula Holden Gill is a Professional Storyteller, Writer and Educator, who is based in Leeds, West Yorkshire. She frequently travels internationally and throughout the UK, using music, movement and real-life observation to inform her own original and traditionally inspired work, to nurture other artists and to connect people of all ages with their creativity. Responding to commissions and both long- and short-term residences within the community, education, entertainment and health sectors alike, over the last decade Ursula has relished establishing firm links with institutions such as Action for Children, Compassion in World Farming, Opera North, Settle Stories, Social Services, The London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, The National Youth Theatre and The Shakespeare Schools Festival. She is particularly passionate about her work with children and young people, in animal welfare and in the therapeutic value of Storytelling.
In 2012 Ursula was voted Best Newcomer at The British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.
Ursula became a full time Storyteller, Writer and Educator in 2009. Prior to this she worked as an Actress in Film, Television, Theatre and on Radio. Also as a Guest Lecturer and Workshop Facilitator specialising in Characterisation, Shakespeare, Storytelling and Vocal Technique.
Today, Ursula creates, curates and shares genuinely life affirming tales that encourage her audiences to think as much as be entertained, and nurtures confidence, craftsmanship and empathy in her clients and students alike. Needless to say, Ursula has never looked back…
Ursula is an enchanting, highly engaging storyteller. She takes her audience on an absorbing journey of laughter, wonder and surprise. A consummate professional; one who responds to any situation with humour and character. A treat and highly recommended.
(Joanna Blake, Development Producer, BBC Writers Room)