Stories have always been an important part of my life, and I still have the collections of folk tales and fairy stories I was given as child on my book shelves today.
After moving to London and studying Drama I worked with a wide variety of community, fringe and children’s theatre companies, touring both nationally and internationally. For sixteen years I worked with Kazzum Arts Project as a performer, writer, director, and workshop facilitator; and for five of those years I was also Joint Artistic Director of the company.
Eventually after twenty years in London the tug of the sea became too strong to resist, so I moved to Brighton and took a three month sabbatical from work. I spent those three magical months immersing myself in stories at the International School of Storytelling, Emerson College.
Nine months after my time at Emerson I started my training as an Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. I now work as a therapist and supervisor for a young person’s community counselling service, I am also an associate lecturer at Chichester University and I tell, listen to and write stories.
I set up Roots to Riches in order to explore storytelling in all its forms, offering performances, workshops and tailor made tellings for specific events. I have performed in a wide variety of places from The Cambridge Folk Festival and Wakehurst Place to Waterstone’s bookshop and Hastings Castle, as well as at numerous schools and other venues. I have also been storyteller-in-residence at Brighton Museum and Fabrica Gallery.
“Back through the memories of a thousand grandmothers
lay a time when the world was new………”
– Rosalind Kerven