Chris the Storyteller

Chris Holland is an Internationally known storyteller and author who has performed at many festivals and in schools across the UK.


I am employed by schools to inspire topics, improve writing and speaking skills. I run re-telling workshops too. I entertain at festivals and functions.

I am also a Forest School leader and trainer with a unique and inspiring ability to work outside with story, and I have worked with schools and educational charities for curriculum enrichment and special projects for particular students.

“With gentle humour and wordsmithing skill Chris Holland leads you into a place of imaginative thoughtfulness and soulful smiles. His storytelling comes from an understanding and relationship with the earth that opens the listener’s senses to the natural world. Always a delight!” – Jane Flood, Storyteller

I tell and enacts a ‘bundle’ of creation myths, wonder tales and sustainability fables from around the world, enhanced by an intriguing collection of musical instruments. The stories are suitable for all ages and are chosen by the audience from the magical ‘story bag’.

“Thank you so much for giving us such a wonderful day last week.  Your sessions were hugely enjoyed by girls and staff alike.  They were so entertaining and absorbing and we would love you to return to us in the future.” Rachel, Librarian, James Allen Girls School

The stories cover a variety of topics and are chosen to encourage wonder and connection with the natural world as well as conversation and debate across a wide range of sustainability issues. Choose from:

Creation Tales from around the world
Sustainability Fables
African Creation Myths and wise tales
Australian Creation myths and good ole yarns for the didgeridoo
The Dream Catcher and other Native American Stories
A world of stories – a mix of the above and more!

Storytelling, story making and re-telling.

Story-making and re-telling workshops are suitable for KS2 children. In these fun but intense workshops the children learn to play the role of the storyteller. Story-making incorporates environmental art outdoors (indoors on rainy days), while for the story re-telling Chris shares some tricks of the trade and encourages everyone to re-tell their favourite story from the ‘story bag’. All this fun with words and sound making helps tremendously with writing in class!