Simon Heywood

storyteller, songwriter, composer, folklorist

Teaching & Workshops

Traditional Jewish storytelling

A big research interest in the last few years is traditional Jewish storytelling, particularly the drut’syla tradition of the Anglo-Dutch Jewish Marks/Khymberg family – my wife’s a carrier of this tradition and we are doing our best on an ongoing basis to find out more about it and tell the world. We’ve done talks and presentations to the Folklore Society, South Wales and Derby Universities, and elsewhere. We’ve only just scratched the surface really so watch this space and feel free to get in touch.

The Full English, English Folk Dance and Song Society

I’ve spent 13 weeks looking at local stories and folklore of the South Yorkshire coalfields with Y4s from Barnsley.

Storytelling Module, Creative Writing, Derby University

12- and 24-week introductory courses to traditional story and practical storytelling, covering myth, legend, folktale, plot and story structure, visual and verbal memory, interaction and performance

Lectures on Narrative Thought, Creative Writing, University of Derby

Series of illustrated talks on the way that stories express basic patterns of human thinking, relating to our sense of place, our sense of other people, and our sense of why things happen

Storytelling Today, University of Sheffield

Seminar with film footage on how and why we adapted a medieval Irish heroic romance for performance with a contemporary audience. All about The Middle Yard, part 2 of Light of the Long Hand.

Young Tongues Project, East Staffordshire Borough Council

Introductory storytelling workshops for young people entering the Young Storyteller of the Year competition.

Storytelling Sessions, Acomb Explore Centre, York

Schools projects with year 9s and 10s from York schools working towards performance of Norse myths and legends for the 2009 Viking Festival.

Creative Writing Workshops, Kirklees Libraries, Nottingham Contemporary

Short and one-day workshops for adults on myth, mythology, folktale and their applications in creative and imaginative writing.

Panel discussion, Ilkley Literature Festival

Discussion chaired by Erica Wagner on how and why we adapted a medieval Irish heroic romance for performance with a contemporary audience. All about The Middle Yard, part 2 of Light of the Long Hand.