A professional, performance storyteller.

“After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.”
Philip Pullman, Author

I am an oral “performance” storyteller, telling traditional tales to (mostly) adult audiences in English.

I have a repertoire of several hundred stories from across the globe, and although I tell individual tales for special events, I tend to specialise in weaving multiple stories together into a framework, creating a storytelling performance that is a bit like one-woman theatre.

I tell stories using the stage name “Ziyadliwa”, the Zulu word for “walnut”, which is appropriate given that I am South African and that a walnut tree featured heavily in my early storytelling years!

I presently offer a number of touring shows, that I tell in theatres, coffee shops, festivals and a variety of unusual venues, and in the summer months, I offer story walks in Innsbruck and Tirol.

In recent years, I’ve started working with museums, cultural organisations and environmental agencies to help them use storytelling to bring exhibits and ideas to life, and to engage, enlighten and sometimes even persuade listeners.

Visit www.ziyadliwa.com to learn more →