Story walks, story trails
Stories responding to exhibitions
Story texts, educational material
Sally-Pomme Clayton – pioneering storyteller and writer, creates magical stories for audiences of all ages. Writer of 14 children’s books.
Sally-Pomme Clayton performs stories in diverse settings with audiences of all ages. She has extensive experience of creating stories with exhibitions, objects, sites, and buildings. She has been working with museums, galleries and heritage organizations for more than 20 years, bringing collections to life through narrative performance, using stories to inspire and share, create and interpret. She sees her role as guide to the imagination, taking the audience inside an object to reveal hidden worlds of culture, history and myth. She loves to collaborate with heritage teams and artists to create story based activities, events, performances, products, and experiences. In 2019 she led collaborative project between The National Trust’s 575 Wandsworth Road, Omnibus Theatre and a group of women. She used the house, its history and remarkable objects to help the group tell, create, develop and share stories. She has led projects, created stories, given performances for many museums and site specific venues, among them: The Cutty Sark (2019); The Tower of London (2018); Totally Thames and five site specific venues along the River Thames (2018); English National Opera (2018); The Royal Opera House (2017/2016); The Horniman Museum (2016/2015); The Welcome Collection (2015/2014); The National Gallery (2013/2012); The Imperial War Museum (2013). The British Library (2011). She has worked with The British Museum since 1995 creating performances for galleries/exhibition. In 2010 she was commissioned to write and perform six interlinked stories for ‘A History of the world in 100 objects’ performed in cliff-hanging instalments in different galleries across a year.
Sally-Pomme has published 14 children’s books, the latest are ‘The Phoenix of Persia’ (Tiny Owl Books 2019) nominated for the Greenaway Award 2020 and the UKLA award 2020. ‘The King with Dirty Feet’ (Otter-Barry Books 2018) winner of The Oxford Book Award best picture book 2019. Many of her books focus on female heroines: ‘Persephone’ (Frances Lincoln 2009); ‘Amazons – women warriors of the world’ (Frances Lincoln 2008); ‘Tales of Amazing Maidens’ (Orchard Books 1995). ‘Tales Told in Tents – stories of Central Asia’ (Frances Lincoln 2004) still used in schools to study the cultural heritage of Central Asia. During 2019 she wrote five star reviewed ‘The Little Prince’ (based on the book by Saint-Exupéry) for Omnibus Theatre.
She has been at the forefront of developing storytelling for adults in the UK. She founded ‘The Company of Storytellers’ with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton in 1985, they spearheaded storytelling for adults, transforming the art form. She was has created outstanding performances for adult audiences, combining fact, fiction, cultural history, myth, fairytale and biography.
During the coronavirus crisis she has been exploring how her work can go online. She has been running creative writing workshops for adults which are interactive, enabling and nourishing. She has been running ‘Creative Writing Club’ for children and young people. And has been giving online interactive storytelling performances. So schools and theatres, galleries and festivals can still connect up and dive into the healing world of story online together and be revived by the imagination.