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 also excels and specializes in writing and 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.
Ursula is at once poignant and as daft as a brush!
(Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival Directors)
Ursula’s stories take her to a range of (inter)national theatre and festival stages. These include: Belgium’s Alden Biesen International Storytelling Festival, Burnley Mechanics Theatre, Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival, Denmark’s ‘Best Tellers’ Scene & International Word Festival, Halifax Square Chapel for the Arts, The Leeds, Manchester and Rochdale Literature Festivals & The UK’s International Storytelling Festival at the Edge.
Ursula can also be contracted to write bespoke stories for either herself or other artists to share / perform. To date, her clients include: Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival, Burnley Literature Festival, Halifax Piece Hall, Hartlepool Folk Festival, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, Haworth Bronte Parsonage Museum, Lancaster University’s Engineering Project, Opera North, The Carriageworks Theatre, Leeds and The Manchester Jazz Festival.
In November 2019 Ursula registered as a School Speaker with Compassion in World Farming so that she might use storytelling to promote the need for higher animal welfare standards in the UK (Those wishing to book a visit should contact the charity directly).
Ursula’s Life Changing Storytelling Residency with Henry Dancer Days at Leeds General Hospital….
In October 2018 Ursula took up a three year storytelling residency with the charity Henry Dancer Days; visiting children receiving treatment for cancer at Leeds General Hospital on a weekly basis. Although, to date, the position has proved to be as challenging as it is rewarding, Ursula is immensely grateful 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)