ACT for Kids presents storyteller Simon Brooks on Saturday, March 21 in Tamworth

Arts Council of Tamworth is excited to bring storyteller Simon Brooks to the Cook Memorial Library in Tamworth on Saturday, March 21, at 2:00 p.m. Brooks, who lives in Orford, NH, has been spinning yarns and telling tales for nearly two decades, first in his native England and more recently throughout New England. Combining his passion for children’s literature—he is also a children’s librarian, as well as a photographer, writer and poet—and folklore, Brooks creates programs to suit all ages. His repertoire comes mainly from European folk and fairy tales, but also includes stories from South American, Africa, China and Japan as well as many other countries and cultures. “I find tales that are not often told, or when they are, I put my own stamp on them,” Brooks says. “I only tell tales that I love, whose voice comes to me, becoming alive in my mind, and that helps bring the story to life in the minds of those who listen.”

Brooks performs tales with energy and wit. Telling folktales, myths and legends from all over the world, he brings vividly to life characters like Ananzi the Spider, the trickster Raven, Merlin and Dionysus. From this world of stories Brooks captivates his audience with unique voices to animate characters and with expressive body language that brings the stories to life. Scroll down to hear Brooks tell the story “The Lonely Boatman,” and to watch him tell the story “One Wish.”

This program is suited to all ages, and is free, thanks to the generosity of program sponsor BEAM Construction Associates and season sponsor Silver Lake Home Center.

The Lonely Boatman

One Wish