About Wendy Shearer

Professional Storyteller

I’m a Professional Storyteller based in London, telling folktales, myths and non-traditional tales to children and adults.  My style is very participatory for children where I encourage all ages (from babies upwards) to get involved with bringing the stories to life. Sharing stories and folklore is a wonderful way to inspire children, connect communities and generations. 

The stories I tell

I have a large repertoire of tales including stories which span the curriculum, cover themes or a particular period in time to suit your event.  Here are some examples of the stories I tell. My specialist areas are:

  • Afro-Caribbean folktales inspired by my heritage and a childhood filled with written and oral stories passed down from my Grandmother;
  • Ancient Greek myths, inspired by my first degree in Classics and a passion for The Odyssey and The Iliad which began at school. 

My background..

is in researching, writing and producing programmes for Nickelodeon USA on Nick News and BBC Education with GCSE Bitesize; before spending several years at CBBC  as a BBC Children’s interactive and live television Producer working on shows including  BAFTA award winning children’s programme SMILEDick & Dom in da Bungalow and Blue Peter.

After leaving broadcasting and children’s TV, I led multidisciplinary teams across online, mobile, apps, social media and gaming for world renowned charities ‘Media Trust‘ and ‘Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew’.

Where I tell stories

Here’s a partial list of who books me for storytelling:

Theatres & Festivals: Shakespeare’s Globe, Rich Mix, Chicken Shed Theatre, Southbank Centre, Royal Academy of Arts, Greenwich Book Festival, Night of Festivals, Film Africa, Africa Writes

Museums & Heritage: The British Museum, Tower Bridge, The Florence Nightingale Museum, Museum of London

Schools and Nurseries:
Abbotsbury Primary
Albion Primary
Alexandra Primary
Ashmount Primary
Balgowan
Beecroft Garden
Blessed Sacrament RC
Brokholeswood Primary
Campsbourne
Camelot Primary
Casa Dei Bambini Montessori
Cedars Primary
Charles Warren Academy
Chesterton Primary
Coconut Nursery
Derwentwater Primary
Dwight London
Edward Wilson Primary
Eliot Bank
Falconhurst School
Faringdon Infants
Fishwick Primary
Francis de Sales
Freezy Water
Gainsborough Primary
Griffin Primary
Halley Primary
Harris Primary Academy
Harris Primary Academy Benson
Harry Gosling Primary
Hayes Park
Heathmere Primary
Highgate Primary
International School of London
John Chiltern School
Keyworth Primary
King Athelstan Primary
King Solomon Academy Primary
Langland Community
Lessons Primary
Linden Lodge
Little Angels Pre-School
Locks Heath Infants
Long Lane Primary
Manor House
Mary Magdalene C of E
Maypole Primary
Mill Head Primary
Millennium Primary
Mitchel Brook Primary
Morden Mount Primary
Moreland Primary
Morningside Primary
Mopeth School
Oakington Primary
Orion Primary
Robin Hood Infants
Ruislip Gardens Primary
Sacred Heart College
Sheringdale School
St Aidan’s VC Primary
St Augustine’s Priory
St Clement & St James CE Primary
St Edward’s Catholic Primary
St Mary’s C of E Primary
St Mary Cray Primary
St Paul’s Cray C of E Primary
St Saviour’s C of E Primary
St Patrick’s Primary
St Winefried’s Catholic Primary
Stamford Hill
Streatham Wells Primary
Summerside Primary
Surrey Square Primary
Swaminarayan School
Thomas’s London Day School
Tidemill Academy
Vicarage Primary
West Green Primary
Willow’s Children’ Centre
Woodside Academy

Grew up….

in South East London, telling tales, writing stories and performing on stage from an early age.  My parents are from Guyana and my Grandmother frequently shared with me Guyanese folklore.  Amoung others, this included a mixture of African, Dutch, Chinese, Amerindian and Portuguese stories that had been brought to Guyana, the ‘City of Gold’.  Tales of ‘Anansi‘, ‘Ole Higue’ and ‘Baccoo’ were brought to life for me with her vivid descriptions and warnings before bedtime “be good child otherwise the jumbee gon ketch you”.

Studied…

  • Classical Civilisation & Drama at Surrey University, receiving my combined BA (Hons) after 3 years of  ancient Greek theatre, philosophy, literature & art; acting and television production.
  • Film & Television Studies at Westminster University (MA) which included in-depth studies of world cinema and women in film.
  • Performance storytelling and storytelling for communities (on a continuing basis as part of my training and development).