Story Teller, Word Wrangler, Crowd-Tamer...

“...compelling, is pure atmosphere.”


Debs Newbold is a storyteller who effortlessly brings together the ancient and the urban, the poetic and the irreverent, the epic and the everyday.

Armed with a quick wit, dirty laugh and a way with an audience, Debs has enthralled audiences at The Royal Opera House, The British Museum, The British Library and for BBC Radio among others. She was recently voted one of the top five acts at the 2012 Towersey Festival (the only Spoken Word Artist in its fifty year history ever to achieve this), is Storyteller for Shakespeare's Globe, Storyteller in Residence at the English Folk Dance & Song Society and was a double nominee at last year's British Awards for Storytelling Excellence.

Her sytle is unique, brimming with charisma and has seen her captivate The Wales Millennium Centre, sell out (twice) at the Hay Literary Festival and lead 200 grown adults into mischeif at the Royal Festival Hall.

Debs' repertoire stretches from traditional folktales and Shakespearean epics to urban myths and self penned originals. Her work has earned her a fast growing national and international reputation and is delivered in a poetic, highly authentic and defiantly modern storytelling voice.

Creating and performing stories is her full time job.


Before becoming a full time writer and storyteller, Debs gained a First Class Degree in Drama and English Literature at Manchester University and took a Masters degree in Performance at Goldsmiths College, where she was awarded a Distinction. After working as an actress and workshop leader for several years at theatres including Shakespeare's Globe and the Royal Court, she began working in live art as a soloist. This led to her performing stories.

In 2009 Debs told stories for BBC Radio 3, Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival, Hebden Bridge Arts Festival, The Storytelling Cafe, Shakespeare's Globe, the RSPB, Cecil Sharp House, the British Library, London Open Spaces, International PEN, fROOTS Magazine, The Magpie's Nest and in dozens of primary schools.

In 2010 Debs has been asked to tell stories from Shakespeare at the prestigious Guardian Hay Festival.


Debs is an Associate Artist of the English Folk Dance and Song Society.


...if you need a story told, an event compèred, a song sung or a crowd tamed, you can contact Debs for more details and bookings.

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