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Roger Sanders

Roger_Sanders.jpgRoger grew up in Somerset, England, where he became fascinated by the legends of King Arthur, King Alfred and the local fairy and ghost stories. His interest in old stories has continued ever since and, combined with a background in drama and music, he found himself becoming a traditional storyteller; continuing the age-old tales in his own style, often using live music to enhance the telling.

Initially his immediate friends provided him with a willing and expectant audience, and he soon graduated to telling stories around campfires and at parties. In 1996 Roger and three friends formed the music and storytelling group The Firebirds Feather. They toured south-west England, visiting schools, village halls and arts centres, peddling their versions of old tales complete with original and arranged music. Roger left England for New Zealand in 1998 and has been regularly touring the country storytelling and continuing to extend his repertoire of stories.

The tales he tells are mostly from Europe and the Middle East. He enjoys trawling through old collections of folk and fairy stories looking for gems.

The ones that fire his imagination are the ones he tells; it can be humour, magic, mystery or drama, sometimes all these. He has tales tailored for different age children, others for adults and many for all ages together.

He is a regular performer throughout New Zealand, telling stories in primary schools, kindergartens, libraries, festivals, country fairs, fundraisers, house concerts and arts events.


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