I'm Amanda Kane-Smith, a professional storyteller based in Hampshire. I work as a Traditional Storyteller for all ages and as 'Merry-go-Round Storytelling', I also specialise in Interactive Storytelling Workshops and Creative Sessions for children.
I take my storytelling into Schools, Preschools, Forest Schools, Venues, Events and Festivals.
I also have a number of Online Storytelling options which can be an exciting alternative to live storytelling.
As a traditional storyteller, I can tell stories for all ages and have worked for a variety of organisations and charities including:
The National Literacy Trust, The National Trust, English Heritage, Hampshire Libraries, Andover Trees United and The Hawk Conservancy Trust.
I have a variety of stories old and new and am happy to create a storytelling programme or devise stories to suit your event.
Flowerbed Storytime for
Andover Trees United
in association with
'Grow Wild' Project
Interactive Storytelling workshops for children aged 11 and under
All Merry-go-Round Storytelling workshops and sessions are devised and run by myself and are available in most areas of Southern England.
Every workshop is highly interactive and combines traditional storytelling with music, movement and drama to create an energetic and engaging storytelling experience.
I use a wide range of props (many of which are hand-made), as well as puppets and percussion instruments to make my workshops both visually exciting and fun to join in with.
Due to the highly interactive style of storytelling, these workshops are also suitable for very young children and children with special needs.
Creative Storytelling Workshops
I also offer Creative Storytelling workshops. These combine puppet making, mask making and model making with storytelling and drama and are suitable for schools and events.
'The workshops were very well received from our side – visitors loved them and it was a great addition to our Summer offer. We really enjoyed working with you and the quality of your offer was very high.'
The National Trust, Mottisfont
‘I just wanted to say a HUGE thank you for all your brilliance yesterday. You were fabulous and the children all had a really great time.’
Larkrise School, Wiltshire
‘Thank you so much for such a fabulous day! I had brilliant feedback from children and teachers. They all had so much fun!! We have gone junk model crazy in my classroom!!’
Farleigh School Pre-prep, Hampshire
"The workshop was fantastic. Rave reviews from the Head, the teachers and parents."
Camelsdale Primary School, Surrey
‘You bring to life everyone's sense of wonder and fun (including the grown-ups!) I've enjoyed seeing him learn to relax and trust people and new situations which, I believe is largely because of his enjoyment of Merry-go-Round’
‘Amanda is the best storyteller in the World’
Poppy - aged 5!
My storytelling is always tailored to suit every group or event, making it a personal experience for everyone.
You can also commission me to write and develop stories for projects, events and themes.
I have an enhanced DBS and Public Liability Insurance.
Please get in touch with your storytelling requests, I'm very friendly and I'd love to hear from you!