Storytale Festival Contributors for 2021

Here are all the wonderful people who helped bring the 2021 Storytale Festival to life. 

Ellie Freeman


Founder of the Storytale Festival – the inspiring individual who brought a fantastic group of people together to help her make the festival a reality.


Kate Frost

Co-founder & Event Host

Co-founder of the Storytale Festival and author of time travel adventure trilogy Time Shifters – intended to run just one creative writing workshop for children at Storysmith and somehow ended up co-organising the festival!


Nicola Fleming

Brand Identity & Design

Owner of Grounded Cloud: branding, print and digital design specialists. Nicola takes care of the Branding, Design and Website.

Jenny Farrington

Storytale Festival Copywriter

Freelance Creative Copywriter – involved at the beginning of the Storytale journey. Came up with the festival’s strapline and tone of voice, then wrote the copy for the website and advertising materials.

As one of six, Will Hamilton-Davies spent most of his young adult life entertaining three much younger siblings – much of which involved reading stories. Though his ability as a writer was solidified some years before – it wasn’t until his graduation year that Will discovered a relentless passion for rhyming picture books. Will’s stories are instilled with themes of morality and kindness, and he likes nothing more than to sit with a group of avid listeners and bring these wonderful worlds to life.


Sophie Kirtley

Event Host

Sophie Kirtley is the author of two time slip adventure stories for middle grade readers, The Wild Way Home and The Way to Impossible Island, both published by Bloomsbury. Although she now lives in Wiltshire, Sophie grew up in Northern Ireland where she spent her childhood climbing on hay bales, rolling down sand-dunes and leaping the raw Atlantic waves.


Alex Morss

Event Host

At heart I am a naturalist. Professionally I am an independent ecologist, journalist, author and educator. My work involves defending and promoting the conservation of protected species, their habitats and wider environment and helping to create opportunities for others to make exciting discoveries about the natural world.

Emma Read

Event Host

Published by Chicken House, Emma Read is the author of two young middle grade books, Milton the Mighty and Milton the Megastar, about a superhero spider. Emma’s a writing mentor with #WriteMentor, tours schools with presentations and workshops based on her Milton series and offers freelance novel editing services at EmDashED. Milton the Mighty was chosen by the Times as one of their best children’s books of 2019.


Pridie Tiernan

Event Host

Pridie is an unashamedly outdoor-obsessed educator and professional performance storyteller. When she isn’t teaching, running expeditions or performing stories, you’ll find her reading fairy tales, foraging for a wide variety of natural materials to play with, or off on an adventure in the family van with her husband, two girls and their black lab Brock!


Lauren Tobia

Event Host

Lauren Tobia is a children’s book illustrator and picture book author. She’s known for her work on the award-winning Anna Hibiscus series by Atinuke, the acclaimed Happy In Our Skin by Fran Manushkin and the popular Let’s Go… series of books by Caryl Hart.


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