Simon Heywood

storyteller, songwriter, composer, folklorist

April News

Sheffield Folk Festival started it off, with an evening of songs and stories about Joe Mather, the great radical Sheffield songwriter. The Legend of Vortigern is now out and proud, along with the rest of the Ancient Legends Retold series. There are launch events for the whole series and individual volumes up and down the country – see Forthcoming Events on this site for details. Society for Storytelling publications are starting to look exciting – early days, but watch this space. Thanks to the generosity of a private donor, we now have some decent recording equipment to start documenting and archiving traditional Jewish storytelling – a long-held ambition of Shonaleigh and me. This month, with book number two in mind (South Yorkshire Folktales), I’m going to get a look at the private papers of Sidney Oldall Addy, the solicitor from Victorian Sheffield who did some of the earliest (and best) documentation of the folktales and oral traditions of South Yorkshire and environs … meanwhile, Dragon’s Breath storytelling nights continue at the White Swan in Dronfield on first Wednesdays, with a couple of one-day workshops and daytime events in the pipeline for the summer. Watch this space.