137 wishes were made on water from the fleet river, once renowned for its healing properties, during the exhibition. At the end of the show the jars was carried down the route of the River Fleet to the Thames and returned to this greater body of water, into which it would have once flowed.
Fleet River Pilgrimages trace the course of the Rover Fleet from one of its many sources on Hampstead Heath to its confluence with the Thames at Blackfriars.
Once upon a time the Fleet River ran slick and fast through Kings Cross, this was the Valley of Wells, where sacred healing water flowed abundantly. In a revival of ancient rituals many wishes have been made on jars of Fleet River water, for these wishes to have a chance of coming true the water of the Fleet must be
The Valley of Wells is an interactive and performative installation, framed around the stories and mythology of the Valley of Wells. The Valley of Wells is the valley of the Fleet River (also known as the River of Wells) in London, which runs from Hampstead Heath down to Blackfriars, passing through Camden, Kings Cross and Farringdon. The installation includes
Mythically Imagining Kings Cross charts the changing relationship between human, more-than-human and environment in the area around Kings Cross through story and mythology. This ongoing project digs deep into local history, unearthing mysteries of sacred rivers and holy wells, of warrior women and witchcraft, of tricksters and shapeshifters, of gods, power and great battles, of the wonder of everyday folk,
Celtic Knots (2003), plaster, sand, paper, exhibited in London, 2003
Fabric Nest (2005) welded steel, ripped muslin, latex, cotton thread, exhibited in Nottingham in 2005 and 2006. Metal Nest (2005), welded steel, woven aluminium sheets, chicken wire, galvanised steel wire, canvas fabric, cotton thread, exhibited in Nottingham 2005.
“We do not make up stories, they come to us, at most we shape them and this is why all true storytellers are modest.” Ben Okri Storytelling performances come in all lengths and sizes to suit your story needs: any of my existing performances are available to book or I can work with you to create a tailor-made
“The work of the storyteller is to make the invisible visible.” (School of Storytelling Idiom: credit to Roi Gal’Or, Ashley Ramsden and Sue Hollingsworth) Education 2014: The Wandering Court: The School of Myth One Year Programme, Westcountry school of myth and Story, Dartmoor, Devon, UK 2013: The Art of Storytelling, International School of Storytelling, Sussex, UK. 2008 – 09: The Craft of Storytelling, International School of Storytelling, Sussex, UK.