Michael O'Leary: Hagstone Story Teller

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I believe in the magic of storytelling........................

........But - this magic is not based on anything fey and pretentious; it is based on solid down to earth craftsmanship. When encouraging people to tell stories themselves, when establishing the link between the spoken word and the written word, both as a teacher as well as a storyteller, I am practical and pragmatic."

“Accompanying his words with the haunting lilt of wooden pipes, there was at one point a distinct resemblance to Hamelin’s Pied Piper.”

Cutting from Hampshire Chronicle (198k )

“Many of Michael’s tales may have their roots obscured by the mists of time but they are very relevant to the modern day.”

Southern Evening Echo

"My style is based on building a rapport with the listeners; discussion and communication are integral." 

"I love traditional stories and feel that I'm just a link in a chain stretching from the past to the future. "

He brings his story box which contains a variety of artefacts and musical instruments which help enliven the session and if required these stories can be supported by various creative activities. His aim is always to encourage the participants to tell stories, to recognise and develop their own abilities."

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..... And the Cost?

Mike is happy to tell stories to any number, any age, in all sorts of places. His prices are calculated on a half,full or complete day basis allowing for the distance away from Hampshire (see below*) he has to travel, he is happy to quote to your requirements (click here).

So now is a good time to make next terms bookings!

*No travelling expenses are charged within Hampshire, Wiltshire, West Sussex, Surrey, Berkshire and Dorset, please contact him for all inclusive rates elsewhere. He can supply a list of ALL past bookings on request (ask him via this form).   


Captivated Audiences....... Forthcoming Events | Events past (for ideas?)

"I was thrilled to be a bystander/listener-in, and in the following days children who hadn't been in the groups were coming in telling me stories they'd heard from their friends, who had been there - a real witness to your success I think!"

Jo Godfree, Librarian,
Bohunt Secondary School

"I liked the way you told the stories, I could really picture it in my head. I learnt that we are all storytellers and that we can tell stories over, over and over again."

David Mohamed,
Hook Junior Schoo

"Students described your session as very enjoyable, useful, brilliant, inspirational and a good de-stressor!"

Michael Curtin,
Lecturer in Occupational Therapy,
University of Southampton

"The stories were so wonderful. They were very funny and sad and happy."

Letter from Yrs 1&2,
Norwood Primary School,

"You can do magic because you made a rainbow."

Afzul, Yr 2,
Bevois Town Primary School,

Find out for yourself!

Download or view a Full Colour Brochure as a 1.1MB ( 4Minutes @ 56k) PDF file here. this may need you can get Adobe Acrobat Reader here for free!

Mike's Contact Details:


Phone: (07733) 326500
From Overseas: +44 (7733) 326500

.....If you are interested in Mike's Storytelling, please try to state clearly:

  • The proposed venue(s) & address(es) (with postcode(s) if possible)

  • The proposed date(s) & time(s) (give a choice if that is possible)

  • Whether you require storytelling or storytelling Tuition / Training for Story tellers

  • The likely audience ( age range, school year etc etc)

  • Any preferred topic(s)..... Mike will do his best to oblige

  • Mike will try his best to reply to your email in the next few working days

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