Polly first came across performance storytelling in November 2010 at the Birmingham Storytelling Cafe. After completing introductory training with Graham Langley of The Traditional Arts Team Polly went on the win Young Storyteller of the Year in March 2011. She has since performed short stories at a number of storytelling and folk festivals including Waterval International Storytelling Festival (Zwolle, Netherlands), Whitby Folk Week and Beyond the Border Storytelling Festival. She has appeared repeatedly with The Traditional Arts Team at Birmingham and Sandwell Storytelling Cafes and, independently, at a range of story clubs and events including guest teller spots at Torriano Story Night, London and Tell Me On A Sunday at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.
She performs regularly in Birmingham primary schools and has designed and delivered a number of tailored storytelling workshops for schools and introductory storytelling training programmes for young people and adults. You can find more information on these and other workshops on the Workshops page. Polly is also a contributor to Pass it On, a new resource for storytelling with young people, available here. Most recently Polly has been running storytelling workshops with Tin Box Theatre, to support their next production and, developing a new series of storytelling training sessions for academics at Cambridge University funded by the AHRC .
Polly was nominated for a British Award for Storytelling Excellence (BASE award) in 2012. Her first hour long performance storytelling piece, The Man in the Moone and the Journey Thither is currently touring venues in the West Midlands.