New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Simon Brooks

Award-winning British storyteller, Simon Brooks can be heard telling tales to groups of adults, to families and to children; teaching at schools and colleges; and on his audio book recordings. Why not invite Simon to your venue to perform, and/or work with your students and patrons or organization.

With his passion for folklore, myths and legends with his bodhran, Simon combines the intensity of a solo performance with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation both live and on his albums. His release of the audio book "The Epic of Gilgamesh, a retelling" is seen as an authentic and captivating retelling for middle school aged students and older. One of the more authentic and accessible tellings, Simon's workshop and performance of The Epic of Gilgamesh is a must for any middle school. His use of vocal characterization has been applauded on both his audio and live work. Simon's exciting and yet calm storytelling delights adults and children alike.

Simon has recorded five CDs of his storytelling and over eight audio books, and his written work has been published in literary magazines and the National Storytelling Network's 'Storytelling' magazine as well as on his blog, and as a guest blogger. His first book, "Under the Oaken Bough" a collection of folk and fairy tales, will be released in April, 2018.

Simon Brooks, who moved to the States in 1994, captivates people all over New England. His CDs garnered awards and recognition from Parent's Choice and Storytelling World and cause people to continue driving, or remain in their cars until the story has been concluded, as well being the last thing children (and some adults) hear before falling into a dream filled sleep!

Simon has performed and taught workshops multiple times at Sharing the Fire; Three Apples Festival, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and hundreds of schools and libraries. He has performed at the Hopkins Center, Hanover, NH and at many other venues across New England, presenting workshops for businesses as well as non-profit organizations and schools. Simon's workshops have been attended by educational professionals, his peers, small business owners, corporations, parents and children.

Make Simon Brooks YOUR storyteller. Call Simon or visit his website to learn more about him, and to have present at your venue, with your community.

Additional Links: 
Here you will find a broad selection of my work, mainly in audio files and a few links to video files. It also includes the first chapter of the first audio book I recorded.
Listen to excerpts from my CDs on CDBaby.com. "More Second-hand Tales" (2008) received Silver Honors from Parent's Choice and "A Tangle of Tales" (2011) received the Gold Award from Parent's Choice.
My blog on stories, folklore and other things
The well-received authentic retelling of the Sumerian Epic
A collection of full stories, some experimental, some rough, all fun!

I Have Worked With

  • September 2018

    Two assemblies, telling stories.
    Workshop presenting Fractured Fairy Tales to 4th graders for rest of day.
    Rebecca Hodge

    rhodge@scs.sau7.org
    603-237-5571

     

  • February 2018

    Storytelling showcase of four storytellers as part of weekend festival
     

  • February 2018

    Fourth time presentating as storyteller at Dawnlands Indiginous Storyteller Circle, Peterborough NH
    Karla Hostetler
    karla@mariposamuseum.org
    603.924.4555

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Simon
Job Title/Position: 
Storyteller, Educator and Voice Talent
Mailing Address: 
253 Barrett Road
New London, NH 03257
Physical Address: 
253 Barrett Road
New London, NH 03257
Last Name: 
Brooks
Phone: 
603-877-0033

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Theater - Storytelling
Additional Disciplines: 
Literature - Spoken Word
Theater - Solo / One-Person Show
Theater - Storytelling
Year Founded: 
2003
Populations Served: 
Adults
Businesses
Families
General Public
Nonprofits
People with Disabilities
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
90
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region
National
International

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Professional Associations: 
National Storytelling Network
New England Story Telling
New Hampshire Storytelling Alliance
Awards: 
Gold Award from Parent's Choice for c.d. "A Tangle of Tales" (2011)Silver Honors from Parent's Choice for c.d. "More Second-hand Tales" (2008)
Silver Honors from Parent's Choice for c.d. "More Second-hand Tales."
I am on the following State Arts Agency Roster(s): 
New Hampshire Education Roster

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
Have all own equipment
Fee Range Minimum: 
$280
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000
State of Residence: 
New Hampshire
Minimum Number of Performers: 
1
Maximum Number of Performers: 
1

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Literature
Theater
Ages Served: 
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Fee Range Minimum: 
$280
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000