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Storytelling Training Workshops & Programs Rates



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Apple Bucket  

Apple Bucket, Muster Field Farm. Simon Brooks, copyright 2013

Program Length:
Single performances can be between 40-60 minutes in length.
I can work for a full day in a school, or any other environment, presenting performances and workshops.
I can do full week or month-long residences.
I provide workshops and residencies for any organization.
I do a maximum of 3 full presentations per day at different locations. Each presentation usually lasts between 40 - 60 minutes.
An additional evening performance can be added for residencies.

2014 Library Summer Reading Program - see below

Once upon a tale... Simon takes listeners to a time and place, far away, drawing from a world of stories. From hundreds of tales of myth, legend and folklore, he tells of heroes and heroines, talking animals, dragons, trolls, tales of pirates, Greek gods, and fairies. All his stories are filled with many kinds of treasure and adventure. Simon performs using unique voices to animate his tales and adds expressive body language, which brings the stories to life. Simon's often-funny storytelling will delight children and adults alike.

"Hi Simon - I just want to thank you again for the excellent program you did at our library. I always consider an event a great success when the parents enjoy it as much as the kids. In the three years I have been here, your program brought the most complimentary comments from parents - and the kids lining up for autographs was priceless. Enjoy the rest of your summer."
- Patty Falconer, Children's Librarian, Hampstead, NH

Program Themes (a selection):
I have a large and still growing repertoire of tales to tell from, and sometimes it is nice to gather a number of stories together, like friends, for a program that might follow a theme. Here are some ideas you might wish to use:

A World of Tales: Great stories from all over the world including the often requested How Ananzi Gave Us Stories. Tales of love, long journeys, shape shifting girls battling dragons. Great family entertainment for the home, library or school. All ages.

Nature: These tales come from Native American, African, European and other World sources. They include the story of beaver's race with turtle (with permission from Joseph Bruchac), how Raven brought light to humans, why the salmon swim out to sea, tales of trees, and more. All ages.

Fright Night: These tales are stories that will chill listeners to the bone. But don't worry - I do age specific programs! A Fright Night can be suitable for children aged 4 and up, but works REALLY well for older listeners (11 plus), with scarier stories! Programs can be family friendly, or broken into 'acts' or parts: I do half a presentation for younger kids and then half a presentation for older kids. This allows me to cater to both younger children and older children, and by having a break where the younger ones leave (snacks, games etc) and can I continue telling more chilling tales to the remaining adults and older children, or move to a different location. I also do programs for adults with longer, way more chilling, and in some cases disturbing (Poe's Black Cat), stories. Let me know what your chill factor is!

Winter Tales: stories from all over the world that celebrate winter and the coming of spring. Great for the winter holidays.

Treasure: Stories of treasure found in unlikely places, pirates, and a Greek myth can all found in this entertaining program for those 4 years old and up.

Celtic Tales: Stories from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, told by a Briton!

Above are examples of programs I can offer. Sometimes you might want a performance filled with ghost tales; you might want a series of creation stories, or tales from Scandinavia, Greek myths, or British tales of King Arthur. You may want water stories, animal tales, or just a number of ripping yarns for a given audience. Whatever your needs are, please let me know, but remember, the more notice I get, the better program I can offer. If there is something you definitely have in mind that is not in the above list of ideas, please talk to me in advance so I can work with you to create your own personal program at no additional cost.

Summer Reading Program, 2014
Science comes in many forms; from cooking (Hansel and Gretel), to space (the story of the Northern Star).  The ‘scientific’ mechanics of travel from carts to flying carpets (and the stories of Icurus or Wayland Smith), the defying of science when Arthur pulled the Sword from the Stone were early ways for us to understand the unknown science around us. Well, maybe not the story of Arthur! Explosions come from magic potions and there is the magic of mirrors in Sleeping Beauty (and the science of the healthy eating of apples)!  In one of R.L. Stevenson’s short tales, bodies are exhumed in the name of science (although I won’t be telling that one)!

Simon’s stories teach, enthrall, and entertain both children and care providers alike.  Stories, as we all know, are so important especially when so many faces are buried in apps and widgets and virtual games. Storytelling is the original ‘virtual game’ and Simon’s award-winning telling combines the intensity of a solo performance with the relaxed intensity of a face-to-face conversation making it fun for the whole family.  Simon has been called a Master Storyteller by libraries, schools, and also by Duncan McDougall at the Children’s Literacy Foundation.

Special equipment, space considerations or geographic limitations: Power for a PA if a large or outdoor event. I have my own equipment I bring.  I can work in most spaces and I am happy to travel anywhere.

. Libraries qualify for special rates, call for details.

Notes from students

Before booking ANY performer, please visit this page on my website.

The stories I tell range in length from 10 minutes to 40 minutes. For younger audiences I generally tell shorter stories.

Workshops: All workshops I do fit very well in with the new core standards. Also much, if not all I do ties in with current curriculums. For more details on my workshops, please visit the Teachers Room. Workshops that vary from a very condensed 80 minutes on storytelling, to much longer and deeper workshops. All workshops provide participation and, at the end, each participant will come away being able to tell a tale like they never have before! Best suited to those aged 9 and up - parents, grand parents, business men and women, volunteers, librarians and teachers included! Call or email for more details and pricing.

Grants (see below): I am on the New Hampshire Artists Roster as part of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts which allows schools and other institutes to apply for grants to have me perform or do residencies. For more details, please visit: New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

I am also on the NEST Roster of artists which allows one to apply for grants for me to perform outside of New Hampshire - ideal for schools and other institutes in Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, the Mid-West and West Coast!

Program Cost:

Simon, summer 2013  

If you have something special in mind that you are looking for in the way of a package, or have a budget to work with, please call about pricing. Each performance is unique in its time, place and requirements and I would like to accommodate you. Below are some guidelines.

Libraries, please call for special rates.

Because each and every performance is unique, each venue is different, and your needs differ to others, please call to discuss what you want, so I can make a personal quotation for you.
My rates vary from $350 - $1,500 depending on your needs.

CLICK HERE to hear and see samples of my storytelling.

Grants through the New Hampshire Council on the Arts

I am on the New Hampshire Artists Roster as part of the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts which allows schools and other institutes to apply for grants to have me perform or do residencies. For more details, please visit: New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.

Grants through New England Foundation of the Arts (NEFA)

New England States Touring (NEST) provides support to nonprofit organizations based in New England for community-related activities by select New England performing artists from outside of the presenter's state. Any nonprofit, school, or government entity based in New England (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont) is eligible to apply for a NEST grant.

The nonprofit organization does not need to be an arts organization. An organization that does not have a federal tax identification number (such as a national historic park) may apply as long as it is part of an official government agency (such as the National Park Service).

Nonprofit organizations who are interested in bringing cultural arts programming to its community may apply for NEST funding. Examples of eligible applicants include: libraries, schools, theaters, service agencies, and arts organizations. Applicants may only receive NEST support for presenting select NEST artists.

Contact program staff with questions regarding eligibility.
617.951.0010 x533
* First-time applicants are encouraged to call NEFA.
The New England States Touring program is made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program and the six New England state arts agencies.

  Simon is a member of the National Storytelling Network (NSN) and the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES).
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CDs, including the award winning More Second-hand Tales, and A Tangle of Tales are available from Simon directly, from CD Baby and these local stores:
Artisans, New London, NH 603-526-4227
Chapman's Store, Fairlee, VT 802-333-9709
Green Mountain Books and Prints, Lyndonville, VT 802-626-5051
Morgan Hill Bookstore, New London, NH 603-526-5850
Norwich Bookstore, Norwich VT 802-649-1114
Wider Than The Sky, Newport, VT 802-334-2322


Contact Simon Brooks
T: (603) 877-0033
New Hampshire

E: simon@diamondscree.com

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