New Hampshire
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Simon Brooks

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.

Additional Links: 
Here you will find a broad selection of my work, mainly audio files and a links to video files
Articles related to storytelling and books
CDs include "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.
The well-received authentic retelling of the Sumerian Epic
A collection of full stories, some experimental, some rough, all fun!
A collection of folk and fairy tales, tips on telling and more on Amazon and at good book sellers

I Have Worked With

  • August 2021

    I have been working with the Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) for over 10 years. I present storytelling and give away books, provided by CLiF to rural libraries, communities and schools. Many of these events are for at-risk and low income communities. Recent visits include three state prisons.

    Contact: Duncan McDougall duncan@clifonline.org

  • August 2021

    Perforing family stories for Lebanon's Thurdays in the Park series and for their summer camp. Simon is a frequent and popular performer for Lebanon Parks and Recreation.

    Krissy Flythe 603-448-5121
    kristine.flythe@lebcity.com

  • July 2021

    Adult and family storytelling of folk and fairy tales Lea McBain 603-763-5803

    Lea McBain and Newbury Library are repeat customers.

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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: 
Literary Arts - Children's
Literary Arts - 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: 
Artist (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Performance / Concert / Reading
Professional Development / Training
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Wedding / Parties / Private Gatherings
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class
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."
Gold Award from Parent's Choice for c.d. "The Epic of Gilgamesh, a retelling."
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: 
$350
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: 
$350
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000