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. And he is not too far away - New London, New Hampshire. 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 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 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 as was seen when he presented at the prestigious National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN in the fall of 2018 and again in 2019. He also graced the storytelling stage at Timpanogos, Lehi, UT infront of 6,000 people in September 2019. 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, on his blog, and as a guest blogger. His first book, "Under the Oaken Bough" a collection of folk and fairy tales, was released in April, 2018. Simon begann 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 conversartions can be found on his Patreon page, his webiste, on Stitcher, and is listed on Apple Podcast.
https://www.diamondscree.com/podcast/

Simon Brooks, who moved to the States in 1994, captivates people all over New England and beyond. 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 The National Storytelling Festival, 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 and presented workshops in New York, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Arizona. He has performed 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. Make Simon Brooks YOUR storyteller. Call Simon or visit his website to learn more about him, and to have him present at your venue, with your community.

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
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.
The well-received authentic retelling of the Sumerian Epic
A collection of full stories, some experimental, some rough, all fun!
My blog on stories, folklore and other things

I Have Worked With

  • October 2019

    In its 35th year, the National Storytelling Festival draws about 12,000 people to Jonesborough, TN to see a number of storytellers ply their art. In 2018, Simon presented a ten minute with six other performers as part of the Exchange Place and was invited back to perform throughout the weekend in 2019. His solo show was attended by about 1,000 people.

    This event is hosted by the International Storytelling Center, in Jonesborough, TN.

    Susan O'Connor susan@storytellingcenter.net
    Krystal Hawkins Krystal@storytellingcenter.net

  • October 2019

    Performing four times for the first Fairy Tale Festival in Vermont. This was repeated in 2019.
    Venue Killington Public Library
    Jane Romas
    vtfairytale@gmail.com

  • September 2019

    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

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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: 
$280
Fee Range Maximum: 
$5,000