This happens to me EVERY TIME I’m at a new event. And it’s so painful.

One Sunday morning at 8.25 in the morning, I sat at the back of an auditorium in Philadelphia, cursing myself. And then cursing everybody else: the woman I had just spoken to; my friend Laurie, who’d organised my ticket; and each person sat in front, behind, or to the side of me. Up until this…

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The one time I don’t agree with Brene Brown

Stories with emotion

Sat in an empty, trendy conference room with Andrew, I’d been expecting nervousness. But, even though we’d just met, I was having a BLAST.

He was interviewing me for the LUSH (yep, the soap company) podcast. And – as you’ll hear if you listen, he quoted Brene Brown as saying,

“Stories are data with soul”

I laughed like a drain when he said it – I love this quote. But, as I talked my way through my response, I realised that actually,

Stories are…

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Stand-ups, Stories and feeling Suicidal – some of my most personal secrets!

Marsha's tough

I AM SICK. And when I’m sick, in between necking garlic and vitamin C, I like to lie on my couch and, while feeling terribly sorry for myself, listen to things. In case you’re of a similar frame of mind – here are some audio delights for you, featuring your favourite sore-throated British storytelling enthusiast!

1. The One Where I Tell a REALLY Big Secret About Myself…

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Snugglers, Small moments and Sneaking it in: Lessons from WDS 2017

Marsha at WDS 2017

Even as she was walking up to me, I didn’t break my stride.

I was game for talking to people, but I had an hour to get EVERYTHING done – and I was freaking out a little…

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People assume this is a mistake in storytelling. But it’s an asset.

Movie_Quiz

LET’S DO A FUN MOVIE QUIZ!!!!!

I know you know this!

Guess the movie based on my short story version:

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Can’t think of a story relevant to your topic? Try this.

She stood looking at me expectantly, waiting for an answer, grinning. I was gobsmacked. As – I assume – were the other people standing around us, witnessing her question. Well, I thought. THIS is unprecedented.     A couple of months ago, I was two hours outside of Toronto, running a workshop on storytelling. As always,…

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The pinnacle of my radio career

I stood, nervously playing with the corner of Jim’s desk. Below me, he was on the phone. He pointed at the receiver and mouthed, ‘One minute’. Lips pressed together, I smiled and gave a quick nod. Anxiety tugged at my stomach. What if he doesn’t say yes? Jim was the events organiser at Xfm, the…

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Having a rough week? And/or: Are a lady? This one’s for you

If you’re in a hurry, scan down, because that first 5 lines of Wild Geese might be something you really, really need to hear today.

Before then – a short, excellent story along with something that’ll make you want to punch the air and take to the streets. Seriously, it’s one of the best things you’ve ever heard.

It’s national poetry month, so here are two of my favourites.

1. A big hero of mine, one of the most charismatic, articulate and smart…

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However bad things get, you’ll ALWAYS have this

It’s a bit of a wonder I’ve survived.

Last Friday evening, I sat in the cavernous hallway of a room that had built in 1933, underneath a giant gold mosaic, and cried…

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One of the greatest moments of the last four years.

“I hear what you’re saying.”

He pressed his lips together, and squinted a little in suspicion. “But why? Isn’t that just Misery Porn?”

I was working with my friend Chris on a story he was going to tell at my live show. Chris (who I’ve written about before, here and here) is one of my favourite storytellers of all time, and I’d been excited to sit down with him.

The story is about him reading to his dying mother in hospital. He’d done a version of it at another storytelling show a few weeks before – and there, had played the whole thing for laughs.

As we sat down and talked through the story, I convinced him to pull in the sadness of the situation. To mire us in the grief that he felt, before the funny reveal comes.

Now, he was asking why.

One of the things…

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