Lunar Sea Storytelling

Lunar Sea Storytelling Brighton

Lunar Sea Storytelling hosted by Fleur Shorthouse and Xanthe Gresham Knight meet once a month to fete the full-moon with music, ritual and the brightest and best performance storytellers – professionals whose craft is pure enchantment.

Every moon has a name

Every moon has a tree

Every moon has a story….


Friday January 10th at 7.30pm   In from the Cold  Sef Townsend
The Southern Belle Theatre, 3 Waterloo St, Hove BN3 1AQ

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-from-the-cold-with-sef-townsend-tickets-69750037239

January holds the Wolf Moon, its tree the powerful Rowan.  Our instincts are to gather round and hear a tale.

In this darkest and coldest month of the Wolf Moon when the nights are long, and our instincts are to hibernate, gather round and hear a tale.

Sef will share stories learned from his travels around the world. From the snow and ice of the bitterest of Korean winters to the burning sun and scorching sands of the North African deserts, we will hear how the characters survive these hostile extremes.

“So enjoyed this last night – heart warming on a cold night, thought provoking and wonderful”  Naomi Wilds, Adverse Camber

“I loved Sef Townsend being his gracious, gentle self, telling stories that took no prisoners with their fiercely political messages.” Marion Leeper

“Absolutely bizarre but entirely captivating . . . thanks to the supreme detail in his every expression and movement . . . left me open-mouthed, my skin frosty”

The Arbutarian, London

Sef has been sharing stories for more than twenty five years. Often working with refugees and asylum detainees, he tells in churches, mosques, and synagogues, and has been involved in peace & reconciliation projects internationally. Recent story-sharing, workshop-giving & research has taken to him from China to Chile, from South Africa, to the West Bank.


Sunday 9th February 2020   
Nick and Emily Hennessey – It’s Time to Talk Troll
The Nightingale Room, Grand Central 29-39 Surrey St Brighton BN1 3PA (Next to Brighton Station) 7.30pm

Nick forges a bridge between song and spoken word in tales from the Finnish epic, Kalevala.
‘a rare combination of artistic adventure and absolute accessibility – magical.’ London Lit Fest.

Emily takes us into the shadows with the trolls; because what we do not face will haunt us.
Emily’s language gives a sensual thrill evoking a  strange, fantastical world.’  British Theatre Review


Monday 9th March 2020 
TUUP (The Unorthodox, Unprecedented Preacher) – Rainbow Snake
The Nightingale Room, Grand Central 29-39 Surrey St Brighton BN1 3PA(Next to Brighton Station)  7.30pm

March is the worm moon.  Its tree the transformative and mysterious Alder. 

To witness Tuup, drummer and vocalist for Transglobal Underground, is to see trance in action. An elder of the storytelling movement, Tuup tells with primordial purity; becoming the hiss of the snake, the cry of the bird and the laugh of the child.

‘Tuup is an inspirational storyteller and embodies the African oral tradition of the griot.’ Keith Waite


Wednesday 8th April 2020 
Ben Haggarty – Mr Sandman
The Nightingale Room, Grand Central 29-39 Surrey St Brighton BN1 3PA (Next to Brighton Station) 7.30pm

April holds the full Pink Moon, her tree, the vital Willow.

Dark, unsettling, magical: slip behind the lights into the dark side of the fairground. Ready yourself for an intense journey through the ambivalent mythology of the Sandman. Paying homage to Heinrich Von Kleist, E.T.A. Hoffman, Hans Andersen and Nick Cave. Feel the magnetic pull of a ravenous moon.

Winner of Fringe First Award for Best Spoken Word – Brighton Festival 2013 ★★★★★

‘Intense and alarming… Screw up your courage and go.’  The Times


Thursday 7th May 2020 
Jan Blake – Tales of Creation and Extinction
The Nightingale Room, Grand Central 29-39 Surrey St Brighton BN1 3PA (Next to Brighton Station) 7.30pm

May holds the full Flower Moon, her tree, the open-hearted Hawthorne.

Where did the world come from? Where is it going? From the world’s creation out of a drop of milk to the first appearance of death, Jan Blake explores origins and endings in the African tradition.

Engaging, deeply emotional and at times outright hilarious, Jan Blake’s storytelling is among the best in the world.’  Everything Theatre

Working with Radio 4, the British Council, the RSC and the National Theatre, Jan has received numerous awards.


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