Award-winning British storyteller, Simon Brooks is a much sought-after entertainer. Reinventing himself in 2020 he now performs in-person, virtually via streaming and can provide video recordings. Although he is able to pull people into the tales streaming on-line, live and in-person is always best. With his passion for folklore, myths and legends and 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 use of vocal characterization has been applauded on both his audio and live work. Simon has presented at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, graced the storytelling stage at Timpanogos, Lehi, UT in front of 6,000, performed for businesses such as Timberland in NH; and for the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in Los Angeles, CA!
Simon has released six CDs, and his written work has been published in literary magazines and the National Storytelling Network's 'Storytelling' magazine, on his blog, and as a guest blogger on other sites. The release of his 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 versions of Gilgamesh, Simon's workshop and performance of The Epic is a must for any middle school. His first book, "Under the Oaken Bough" a collection of folk and fairy tales, was released in April, 2018. Simon began his own podcast - Conversations with Storytellers in January of 2019. He has met and interviewed (and continues to meet and interview) some of the top storytellers in the USA. These insightful conversations can be found on his Patreon page, his website https://www.diamondscree.com/podcast/, on Stitcher, and on Apple Podcast. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he immediately recorded a children’s book he had written, making it free and available to all in podcast format, and has added to that with other original stories, and the works of ‘the greats.’
Simon Brooks, who moved to the States in 1994, captivates people from Los Angeles to New London. His CDs have garnered awards and recognition from Parent's Choice and Storytelling World. Simon performed and taught workshops at many storytelling festivals, educational conferences, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, and hundreds of schools and libraries. He has performed and presented in California, Florida, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Arizona. He performs extensively across the North East, presenting workshops for businesses as well as non-profit organizations, hospitals, schools, libraries and camps. Simon's workshops have been attended by educational professionals, his peers, small business owners, corporations, parents and children. Why not invite Simon to your venue to perform, and/or work with your students, patrons or organization. Make Simon Brooks YOUR storyteller.