Jan Blake Storyteller / The Akua Storytelling Project

Jan Blake is one of Europe’s leading storytellers, and has been performing stories and training storytellers worldwide for nearly thirty years.

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Specialising in traditional stories from Africa, The Caribbean and the Middle East, she has a well-earned reputation for dynamic & generous storytelling. Highlights include being resident storyteller at Hay Festival, curating Shakespeare’s Stories, with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and being the recipient of the Thuringe Marchen Preis, awarded to those who have devoted their lives to storytelling. Her epic telling of The Old Woman, the Buffalo, and the Lion of Manding about the Malian hero king Sundiata Keita recently won a British Award for Storytelling Excellence. In 2015, her partner clients included the British Museum, the Royal Opera House, the British Library, and Bulgari.

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