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(page last updated Tuesday, July 30, 2019)

Mike says: "Please remember that most of the storytelling I do is for schools, hospitals, prisons or private functions that won't feature on this page, however there are also some public performances you might like to attend..... here are some of the ones coming up in the near future"...

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July 2019

Past events: Saturday July 6th St. James Park Summer Festival, Southampton. https://www.facebook.com/events/410670562802373/

Thurs 25th. School of Naval Medicine, Gosport.


May 2019

Sun 26th. Lodsworth Fete.


April 2019: "The Pilgrimage of Piltdown Man"

read more about the book and get hold of a copy here: ....https://www.triarchypress.net/piltdown.htm

Join us for the book launch on 4th April 2019

Tues 9th. Eling Tide Mill.


Thurs 18th. Portsea Library & Portsmouth Central Library.


Sat and Sun, 21st & 22nd. Parham House.




March 2019

Sat. 9th. The Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth.

http://normanlockyer.com/take-a-journey-into-space-at-nlo/#more-3109Jan. 2019

Fri. 25th. Burns Night, Fordingbridge Community Centre.

Feb. 2019

Tues. & Weds. 12th & 13th. The Wherwell Cockatrice, with dancers and choirs from Hampshire Schools.
In association with Hampshire Music Services and Anvil Arts, Basingstoke.

Dec. 2018

Sunday 9th. Rope walk Community Centre, Southampton.

Wednesday 12th December 2018. Bitterne local history Society, Southampton . http://www.bitterne.net/

Oct. 2018

Fri. 5th. Matlock Storytelling Cafe.

Thurs 25th Mid-Downs Radio, Haywards Heath.

Sunday 14th October 2018. Norman Lockyer Observatory, for the Sidmouth Science Festival. https://www.sidmouthsciencefestival.org/festival

Saturday 27th October 2018. St. Barbe’s Museum, Lymington. https://www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk/whats-on/calendar-of-events.php

Sept 2018

Sat 8th. Ashurst Fete

Sun 16th. Southsea Castle.

Sat 29th. Golden Hill Community Gardens, Bristol.

Sun 30th. Houghton Lodge Gardens, Bristol.

Saturday and Sunday, 22nd and 23rd September 2018. Parham House HarvestFair. https://www.parhaminsussex.co.uk/event/parham-harvest-fair/

August 2018

Thurs 23rd. Gales Ales Storytelling, Horndean.

Tuesday and Wednesday 7th and 8th August. 2018 Marine Wonders, Lepe Beach. https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/countryparks/lepe

July 2018

Saturday 7th July 2018. Stratton St. Margaret Festival, Swindon. http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/NEWS/15426634.Live_music_and_host_of_fun_activities_at_festival/

Thursday 26th July 2018. Open Day, Institute of Naval Medicine, Gosport. https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/our-organisation/where-we-are/training-establishments/institute-of-naval-medicine

Sat. 21st. Gales Ales Storytelling, Horndean.


July Tues 31st. Eling Tide Mill.

June 2018

Thursday 21st June 2018. Heads and Tales Storytelling Club, Ringwood. http://newforeststorytellers.blogspot.co.uk/

May 2018

Monday 7th May 2018. Little Woodham, Gosport. https://www.littlewoodham.org.uk/special-events

Monday 28th May 2018. Lodsworth Fete. http://langhambrewery.co.uk/event/lodsworth-fete/

Tuesday 29th May 2018. Steyning Festival. https://www.steyningfestival.co.uk/whats-on/steyning-stones-and-naughty-knuckers-tall-tales-and-selig-124

Thursday 31st May 2018. The Rifles Museum, Salisbury . https://www.visitwiltshire.co.uk/salisbury/whats-on/tales-from-the-trenches-free-family-event-p2468713

April 2018

Sunday and Monday 1st and 2nd April. Parham House, Sussex. https://www.parhaminsussex.co.uk/events/

March 2018

Saturday 17thMarch. Storytelling for British Science Week at the Norman Lockyer Observatory,Sidmouth. http://normanlockyer.com/author/admin/

February 2018

Thursday 1stFeb. Harry Potter Event. Portsmouth Central Library. http://www.visitsoutheastengland.com/events/beasts-among-the-bookshelves-a-harry-potter-book-night-event-p1530391

December 2017

13th December. University of the Third Age, Totton.

November 2017

Thurs 16th November 2017 The Wreckers Bar, Hartland Quay, Devon. https://hartlandquayhotel.co.uk/

October 2017

28th and 29th October. Halloween thrills at Parham House, Sussex

26th October. Halloween Fun at Bitterne Library, Southampton.

15th October. The Norman Lockyer Planetarium, Sidmouth. Sidmouth Science Funday.

September 2017

17th September. Southsea Castle - with the Portsmouth Mobile Library

9th September. Ashurst and Colbury Village Funday, Hampshire.

2nd September. Ancasta Road Street Party, Southampton - outside The Guide Dog Pub, Bevois Valley.

August 2017

31st August. The Pavilion, Eastleigh, with Eastleigh Young Carers.

27th August. Victorious Festival, Portsmouth - with the Portsmouth Mobile Library.

30th August. Summer Fair, held at Testbourne School, Whitchurch

23rd August. KIDS Playscheme, Heathfield School, Fareham.

8th and 9th August. Marine Wonders, Lepe Beach Country Park, Hampshire.

July 2017

27th July. The Institute of Naval Medecine, Gosport.

25th July. The Earthouse, Cranborne Ancient Technology Centre.

1st July. Ferring Community Pre-School Summer Fair, Sussex.

May 2017

30th May. Bridge Street pavilion, Overton.

27th May. RiverFest at Riverside Park, Bitterne, Southampton.

February 2017

Monday 20th February. Half term family storytelling at Bridge Street, Pavilion, Overton.


January 2017

Thursday 6th January. The Art House, Southampton.


December 2016

Tuesday 13th December. Bookshop Alehouse.


Saturday 10th December. Christmas Tales at Fairthorne Manor.


November 2016

Wednesday 23rd November. Southampton in Song and Story.


October 2016

31 October at 19:30–21:00. October Books, 243 Portswood Road, SO17 2NG Southampton. Michael O'Leary, Hagstone Storyteller and local author aims to scare. Aimed at adults, these stories are not for those who are easily frightened. Halloween isn't just for children!

Michael O'Leary is an experienced story teller and performer who uses instruments and sound to draw you into his local tales. As well as performing, Michael O'Leary is also an author having writen 'Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Ghost Tales,' 'Hampshire and the Isle of Wight Folk Tales' and 'Hampshire Folk Tales for Children.' Books will be available for sale at the event and Michael will be happy to sign your copy after scaring you silly!

Tickets are £5 per adult, or £3 for low waged/ unwaged. Pop into October Books to buy a ticket, or email: info@octoberbooks.org with Hampshire Halloween in the subject line. Just tell us your name and how many tickets you require and which type.

28th October Hortus Loci, Hound Green, Near Hook, Hampshire. http://hortusloci.co.uk/contact-info/ . Come and join us for some spooky story telling, mulled Cider (soft drinks available) and scrumptious "haute" dogs.

29th October. Amberley Museum. http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/2016-events

31st October. Halloween at October Books, Southampton. http://www.octoberbooks.org/

16th October. Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth. http://www.sidmouthsciencefestival.org/festival/2016/sunday-16-october-2016/planetarium.aspx

16th October. RATLINES - Tales of Ragged Hampshire \ FRI 14th OCT, 7.30pm \ The Art House, Southampton. The Art House Gallery, Cafe & Venue. 19:30 to 22:30 (BST).

October 9, 2016 at the Mural at the Alma Rd/Gordon Avenue Planters. Meet Your Neighbour Street Party, the official opening of the splendid Bevois Mount History Mural.

Wonderful street party. The sun shone, the soup was delicious, hours of brilliant music! Thanks to everyone for coming, setting up, cleaning (more than usual!) and buying this years calendar. And last but not least thank you Michael O'Leary ! The Board of Honour was unveiled and the mural officially inaugurated (plus lots of other fun and high jinks).

September 2016

On the 3rd September he'll be in Southampton's very own Art House, telling Ratlines; stories from the ragged and ratty underbelly of Hampshire https ://thearthousesouthampton.org/

On the 11th September he'll be in Southsea Castle http ://www.southseacastle.co.uk/

On the evening of 15th September he'll be telling tales in Waterstones, Piccadilly, London. https://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/piccadilly This is to launch Hampshire Folk Tales for Children

Then, on the 24th and 25th of September he will be in his little house in the grounds of Parham House, Sussex, for the Harvest Fair. http://www.parhaminsussex.co.uk/event/parham-harvest-fair/

August 2016

Mike will be telling stories outside Poundland, Swan centre, Eastleigh, on the 5th August. They won't even cost you a pound.

On the 9th and 10th of August he'll be telling fishtails down at Lepe Beach, for the Marine Wonders event: http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshire-cou…/…/lepe-eventdetails….

On the 29th August it'll be the Teddy Bears picnic at Amberley Open Air Museum; http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/2016-events

July 2016

16th and 17th July 2016. Overton Sheep Fair.

June 2016

5th June 2016. Worthing Words Festival. http://www.worthingwow.co.uk/
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5th June. Worthing Words Festival. http://creativesacrosssussex.com/worthing-wow/family-storytelling-with-michael-o-leary/

11th June. Waterstones, The Brooks, Winchester. https://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/winchester-the-brook

12th June 2016. Bishops Waltham Street Party. http://.....bishops-waltham-street-party/

18th June. Waterstones, Newport, Isle of Wight. https://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/newport-isle-of-wight

May 2016

3rd May, Launch of Mike's latest book: "Ghost Tales of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight".

https://www.facebook.com/events/1566947436951224/ The Bookshop Alehouse Southampton

May 7th. Jones Mill, Pewsey. Wiltshire Wildlife Trust.

16th May. Adult's storytelling with The Island Storytellers. http://ventnorexchange.co.uk/boxoffice/2016/maybe-maybe-not-storytelling-evening

22nd May. Earthfest at Minstead Study Centre.

April 2016

April 16th. Swan Centre, Eastleigh.

March 2016

27th and 28th March 2016.

19th March, Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth. http://normanlockyer.com/news/

February 2016

17th Feb 2016. Bursledon Windmill, Southampton. http://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/bursledon-windmill

December 2015

9th December 2015. Arundel Museum. http://www.arundelmuseum.org/events/view/talk-by-michael-oleary-sussex-folklore--stories-fully-booked-148

12th December 2015. North End Library, Portsmouth. Tel: 023 9266 2651 14th December 2015. Blakehill Nature Reserve, near Cricklade - Wiltshire Wildlife Trust. Telling tales beneath the Geminids Meteor Shower. http://www.wiltshirewildlife.org/Event/enjoy-the-geminids-meteor-shower

November 2015

21st November 2015. Storytelling at Katherine Soutar-Caddick's exhibition of folk tale illustrations. Ironbridge, Shropshire. https://www.facebook.com/KatherineSoutarArtist/?pnref=story

October 2015

Thurs. 8th October. Evening talk at Arundel Museum. http://www.arundelmuseum.org/whats-on/talks

Sun. 18th October. Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth. Sidmouth Science Festival. http://www.sidmouthsciencefestival.org/festival/2015/sunday....

Sat 24th October. Another chance to see the mighty Tales of Southampton; Mike with Delicious Sounds Choir and the Southampton Folk Orchestra. At the Hub, Southampton. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10206024080748018.....

26th - 30th October. Halloween storytelling at Queen Elizabeth Country Park. http://www.netmums.com/se-hants/local/view/outdoor-play/parks/....

31st October. Southampton Central Library. http://www.southampton.gov.uk/libraries-museums/using-library/local-libraries/....

August 2015

8th, 9th August. Storytelling for Portsmouth Libraries: Commercial Road shopping precinct on Saturdays and the seafront on Sundays. Details to follow.

11th and 12th August. Marine Wonders at Lepe Beach. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshire-countryside/lepe/lepe-eventdetails?id=263766

13th August. Storytelling at the Somerstown Hub, Portsmouth. 2.0 - 3.0 http://somerstown.org.uk/facilities-and-hire/

14th August. Swan Centre, Eastleigh. http://www.swanshopping.com/Article.aspx?ArticleID=264

15th and 16th August. Storytelling for Portsmouth Libraries: Commercial Road shopping precinct on Saturdays and the seafront on Sundays. Details to follow.

26th August. Portsmouth City museum. Part of the hard Choice Exhibition. http://www.portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk/

27th August. Storytelling at the Somerstown Hub, Portsmouth. 2.0 - 3.0 http://somerstown.org.uk/facilities-and-hire/

29th August. Chris Evans’ Carfest South, Laverstoke Park, near Overton. http://www.carfest.org/content/carfest-south-landing-page in aid of Children in Need. I will be representing Readwell: http://www.readwell.org.uk/what-is-readwell/

30th August. Hampshire Harvest at Bursledon Windmill. http://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/event/hampshire-harvest  or http://www3.hants.gov.uk/museum/windmill/windmill-eventdetails?id=274173

31st August. Amberley Museum. http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/admission-calendar

July 2015

Sat. 4th July. Ashley Infant School fete. http://www.ashley-inf.hants.sch.uk/documents/letters/150615_summer_fete_newsletter.pdf

Weekend of 18th and 19th July, Bishops Waltham Festival http://www.heart.co.uk/solent/events/photos/bishops-waltham-festival/bishops-waltham-festival-34/

25th July. Eastleigh Museum. Part of the Eastleigh Mela. http://hampshireculturaltrust.org.uk/event/eastleighs-mela-celebrating-cultural-fusion-exhibition

Sun. 26th July. Brickhill Festival. http://www.brickhillfest.org/index.php/info/children

May 2015

23rd May.. Mike will be telling tales at the Wonderlands Symposium in Chichester. http://heyevent.com/event/.....

April 2015

8th April. Portsmouth Museum.. http://www.portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk/

9TH April. Storyplayers, Canterbury. https://www.facebook.com/thestoryplayers

10th April. After Dark Storytellers at the TomThumb Theatre, Margate. https://www.facebook.com/Afterdarktales.tomthumb

Saturday 18th April St. Georges day Celebrations, Eastleigh http://www.visiteastleigh.co.uk/things-to-do/events/190-st-george-is-on-his-way

22nd April. Mike will be telling ghost stories in the Square Tower, Portsmouth, for the Supernatural Cities Project. http://www.port.ac.uk/centre-for-european-and internatonal studies research/......

Monday 27th April Brighton storytellers http://www.escis.org.uk/leisure/leisure-sport-and-hobbies/brighton-storytellers-the-telling-space/

March 2015

17th March. Portsmouth Museum. http://www.portsmouthcitymuseums.co.uk/

Friday 7th March Southampton - The Musical. Mike, a choir and an orchestra. Hanger farm Arts Centre, Totton. http://www.totton.ac.uk/hanger-farm/whats-on-at-hanger-farm/tales-of-hanger-farm-and-southampton-the-musical.aspx

Saturday 14th March Starry-gazey stories at the Norman Lockyer Planetarium, Sidmouth. http://www.normanlockyer.com/bsw-2015.html

Friday March 20th. Basingstoke Discovery Centre. Total solar eclipse. For a view of totality in the UK at at 9:31 AM GMT see http://www.timeanddate.com/eclipse/in/uk/london?iso=20150320

February 2015:

Saturday 28th February Birthday celebrations for Gosport Discovery Centre. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/library/whatson-library/libraries-event-search/libraryevent.htm?id=265135.

Thursday 19th February Bird day at Staunton Country Park, Havant. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshire-countryside/staunton/staunton-events-detail.htm?id=262578

January 2015

Saturday 10th January Storytelling at the Hope not Hate event, The Hub, Southampton. https://www.facebook.com/hantshopenothate?fref=photo

December 2014

Sunday 21st December.
Amberley Open Air Museum.

Thursday 11th December Storytelling at Tiger Yard, Southampton. https://www.facebook.com/tigeryardsouthampton?fref=nf

November 2014

Tuesday 25th November.
Sussex Folk Tales at Waterstones, Piccadilly.


October 2014

Saturday 4th October.
The lantern Fayre, Brighton.

Saturday 18th October.
Bevois Mount Local History Group, Southampton.
Tales of Sir Bevois.

Sunday 19th October.
Storytelling as part of the Sidmouth Science Festival.
Norman Lockyer Observatory.

Mon 27th, Tues 28th, Thurs 30th, and Friday 31st October.
Halloween Storytelling at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Horndean.

September 2014

Saturday September 13th. The Fort Festival, Newhaven. http://fortprocess.co.uk/talks-workshops/

August 2014

Tuesday July 22nd. Combined Arts A SUMMER EVENING IN SUSSEX Oving Village Hall 7.15 - 9.30 pm. Storyteller and author Michael O’Leary with folk tales of Sussex and a Sussex Folk Group and dancer will entertain. There will also be a light summer supper. Tickets: £10.00

Thursday July 31st. Staunton Country Park. http://www.hampshiregateway.info/en/Staunton_Country_Park

Weds and Thurs August 5th and 6th. Lepe Beach. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/hampshire-countryside/lepe/lepe-eventdetails?id=232002

Monday August 25th. Amberley Working Museum. http://www.amberleymuseum.co.uk/events-1/bank-holiday-story-book-day-2

July 2014

Tuesday 15th July. The Barn, Fifield Bavant. 3.30.Details to follow.

March 2014

Friday March 20th. Basingstoke Discovery Centre.

Tuesday July 8th. "Tales from Sussex"

Tuesday 8th July. Storytelling with the crew of Newhaven life boat, Newhaven. Courtesy of Guesthouse Storytellers.

JUNE 2014

Saturday 21st June. Langfords Fete, Steeple Langford, Wiltshire. Details to follow - but this area, in the Wylie valley, in the shadow of Grovely Wood, is rich in folklore, and one of Mike’s favourite parts of the world!

Saturday June 14th. Ejector Seat Festival. The Art House, Southampton.

Sunday June 22nd. Guide Dog Pub, Southampton; for the Bevois Mount Association. http://bevoismounthistory.weebly.com/legends-and-folklore.html

Saturday June 28th. Wordsworth Primary School fête, Southampton.

MAY 2014

Thursday 29th May. . 2014 Southwick Library as part of the Adur Festival.

Saturday 10th May. Friends of Netley Marsh school Association, Spring Fair. https://www.stallfinder.com/event/friends-of-netley-marsh-school-association-spring-fayre/58265/

Sunday May 4th. “It’s a Country Life”. Hanger Farm Art Centre, Totton. http://vimeo.com/95094742

APRIL 2014

Friday 11th April. Telling a tale of Sussex at the Society for Storytelling Annual Gathering, Uckfield, East Sussex. http://www.sfs.org.uk/content/annual-gathering

Sunday 13th April. Storytelling at the Family Day at Sompting Barn, West Sussex; for the South Downs Association. http://www.southdownssociety.org.uk/sompting-barn-treasure-trail-sun-13th-april-family-friendly-activity/

Saturday 26th April, 2.0. Storytelling at the grand opening of West dean playground, Wiltshire. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/West_Dean,_Wiltshire

MARCH 2014

Wednesday 12th March. . 2014 Flying Donkeys Storytelling Club, Derby.

Saturday 22nd March. Opening of new library and community centre, Lowford.http://www.bursledoncommunitycentre.com/Lowford%20Centre%20Opening.pdf


Sunday 8th December. . 2013 Storytelling for Southampton Woodcraft Folk, at the Rope Walk Gardens.

Tuesday 10th December. . 2013 Storytelling with the New Forest Community Choir, and Milford Mummers, at St. Peter's Church, Ashley, 7.30.


Saturday 2nd November. . 2013 Storytelling at the grand opening of the refurbished village duck pond at Upham, plus the launch of Upham Duck House.

7:30pm Saturday 23 Nov 2013 Pamber Heath Memorial Hall
One of Hampshire's most popular storytellers, Michael O'Leary has his own unique brand of tales and music. Captivating both adults and children alike, Mike shares his wonderful collection of stories from originating from Hampshire and further afield.


Weds 2nd October 2013 Shoreham Library.
Storytelling around Mike's new book:

Sat and Sun 5th and 6th October.
Cranborne Chase Wood Fair, Breamore House Nr. Fordingbridge.

Mon 28th October 2013, Tues 29th October 2013, Thurs 31st October 2013 and Friday 1st November 2013
Halloween storytelling at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

Weds 30th October 2013
Romsey Library .http://www3.hants.gov.uk/library/romsey-library.htm

and Blackfield Library http://www3.hants.gov.uk/library/blackfield-library.htm

Saturday 12th October. . 2013 Greening Colden Common. Apple Day.


Saturday 21st September. 2013 Turner Simms Theatre, Southampton.

Three community choirs, 'One Root' Drummers, storyteller Mike O'Leary and a debut performance of 'Waterpump' by musical directors Jeremy Avis and Fiona Funnell.

Cranborne Community Choir, New Forest Community Choir and The Big Splash Choir sing spine-tingling, foot-stomping a capella harmonies. Come dance to the drumming, be enchanted by the story and dig deep into your pockets to help build a waterpump. http://www.turnersims.co.uk/events/the-big-splash-community-choir/

Thursday 26th September. . 2013 Steyning Bookshop. The launch of Mike's Sussex Folktales book http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sussex-Folk-Tales-Michael-OLeary/dp/0752474693 with musician and illustrator, Su Eaton. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Steyning-Bookshop/136173319830164


Weds 14th and Thurs 15th AUGUST 2013. Lepe Beach Country Park.

Weds 21st AUGUST 2013. Salisbury Museum.

Sat 24th AUGUST 2013. Eathouse, Cranborne. http://www.ancienttechnologycentre.co.uk/

Installation artist and photographer Nadia Calipa saw, with her mind’s eye, a firebird. Mike O’Leary, being a storyteller, stole the image and followed it into a story.

He found himself in a deep, dark wood where the birds didn’t sing, and a werewolf lurked.

Help Red Riding Hood and a poor old storyteller follow fire and darkness from the gift of Prometheus,to the burning of a firebird. Words, music, fire and startling constructions.

Sun 25th August 2013
Foxbury Plantation, New Forest.

July 2013

13th July 2013, Winchester Museum, Winchester http://www.visitwinchester.co.uk/site/things-to-do/p_10531

June 2013

29th June 2013, Tools for Self-reliance open day, Netley Marsh http://www.tfsr.org/2012/05/14/forthcoming_events/

Sat. June 8th. Ejector Seat Festival, Southampton.

Fri. June 7th. Adults storytelling; Meat of the Tongue, Hurst Green, East Sussex.
Local Tales and Sussexy stories.

May 2013

Sun. May 19th. Bishops Waltham Festival.

Thurs. May 30th. Minibeast day at Staunton Valley Country Park.

March 2013

Sat. 23rd March. Norman Lockyer Observatory, Sidmouth.http://www.normanlockyer.com/NSEW.html

February 2013

21st February 2013, Bishops Waltham Library http://www3.hants.gov.uk/library/bishopswaltham-library.htm

20th February, Staunton Country Park, Portsmouth. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/countryside/staunton.htm

January 2013

9th, BBC Stargazing, Newbury Racecourse, Newbury. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b019h4g8/features/events


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