After studying Literature at Oxford University, Xanthe co-founded the Big Wheel Theatre Company and spent three years touring adaptations of classics and performing Shakespeare workshops across Europe. Three years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama consolidated her training in theatre.  After working as an actress she became a primary school teacher and discovered Storytelling.  It worked on the children like a magic spell.  Since then she has told stories to hundreds of thousands of children and their families.

Grants from the Arts Council, commissions for the British Museum, honorariums from the Smithsonian and work with the British Council have enabled her to work as an international storyteller for 22 years touring the UK, South America, India, New Zealand and Europe.

Xanthe was a Senior Lecturer on the P.G.C.E. course for the University of East London for 13 years.

She has been Storyteller in Residence for Harvard University, the Chelsea Physic Garden and Stoke and Staffordshire Libraries.


Xanthe fires up the children.  She takes them to a magical world, opening up Pandora’s box and unlocking the imagination.
Pascale Guychard Tate Gallery.

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