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.
Ursula is at once poignant and as daft as a brush!
(Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival Directors)
A home bird at heart, Ursula is as happy to share her creativity in regional pubs, cafes, folk & story clubs as she is on (inter)national theatre and festival stages: including Belgium’s Alden Biesen Festival, Cape Clear International Storytelling Festival, Denmark’s ‘Best Tellers’ Scene & The UK’s Festival at the Edge. She regularly visits hospitals, libraries, museums and schools across the North of England and in 2020 is already set to appear in a good few alternative venues! Her fees are competitively favourable but are further negotiable for community groups with a limited budget; especially those with a charitable cause or of a therapeutic nature.
A long standing member of The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids, Ursula enjoys every chance to develop her increasing interest in regional folk history and tree and plant lore by 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. In November 2019 Ursula also 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 January 2019 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)