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Hosts and Facilitators


Sue Hollingsworth

 is from the UK and has been performing and teaching storytelling for over 20 years. She is the Director of the Centre for Biographical Storytelling, a Founder of the International School of Storytelling and a Founding Member of the Centre for Narrative Leadership. She is the co-author of the best-selling book The Storyteller's Way: Sourcebook for Inspired Storytelling and is currently finishing another book on telling biographical or personal stories. As a founding member of Friends of Amari she enjoys not only being in the village but also working with stories there. Apart from all this good stuff, she also really enjoys singing, dancing, walking, having fun with the people she works with and loves (often the same thing) and her “free range” lifestyle.  You can find out more about Sue by going to

Sue Hollingsworth is a Patron of Friends of Amari.

Η Sue Hollingsworth είναι Βρετανίδα με εμπειρία στην αφήγηση και στην διδασκαλία παραμυθιών πάνω από δύο δεκαετίες. Είναι η διευθύντρια του Κέντρου Αυτοβιογραφικής Αφήγησης, ιδρύτρια της Διεθνούς Σχολής Αφήγησης και ιδρυτικό μέλος του Κέντρου για την Αφηγηματική Ηγεσία. Συνυπογράφει το best seller Ο Τρόπος του Αφηγητή: Πηγές για Εμπνευσμένη Αφήγηση και αυτήν την περίοδο τελειώνει ένα ακόμη βιβλίο με θέμα την αφήγηςη αυτοβιογραφικών ή προσωπικών ιστοριών. Ως ιδρυτικό μέλος των Φίλων του Αμαρίου απολαμβάνει όχι μόνο το να βρίσκεται στο Αμάρι αλλα και το να δουλεύει ιστορίες σε αυτό το περιβάλλον. Εκτός από όλα αυτά, της αρέσει επίσης το τραγούδι, ο χορός, το περπάτημα, η παρέα με τους συνεργάτες και αγαπημένους φίλους (πολύ συχνά τα ίδια πρόσωπα) και ο «ελευθέρας βοσκής» τρόπος ζωής της. Μπορείτε να μάθετε περισσότερα για τη Sue αν επισκεφθείτε το 

Friends of Amari

Hugh Lupton 

Hugh Lupton's interest in traditional music, in street theatre, in live poetry, and in myth, resulted in him becoming a professional storyteller in 1981. 
For twelve years he toured Britain with the ‘Company of Storytellers’. Their work was instrumental in stimulating a nation-wide revival of interest in storytelling.
Since the mid-nineties he has worked as a solo performer and collaborator. In 2006 he and Daniel were awarded the Classical Association Prize for ‘the most significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics’.
His work with musician Chris Wood has resulted in commissions from Radio 3 and the ‘Song of the Year’ at the BBC folk awards.
He tells stories from many cultures, but his particular passion is for the hidden layers of the British landscape and the stories and ballads that give voice to them.
His first novel ‘The Ballad of John Clare’ was published in 2010, he’s recently finished a second ‘The Assembly of the Severed Head’ (to be published in May 2018).

Hugh Lupton is a Patron of Friends of Amari. 

Friends of Amari

Stella Kassimati

 Stella Kassimati is skilled in facilitating workshops that help people of all ages connect with the origins of modern life through Ancient Greece as the cradle of Western Civilization.Using her deep knowledge of Greek Myths, Gods and Goddesses, coupled with a strong connection to her native Crete, Stella leads workshops and provides award winning performances that bring the rich heritage of this ancient culture to life.
Stella's family is in Crete; however her passion for  storytelling took her to England in 2002 to train as a professional storyteller at the International School of Storytelling at Emerson College, East Sussex. She now  teaches at the School and works around the world in both      Greek and  English and has represented Greec at International Storytelling Festivals in Edinburgh, Orkney, Rome, Athens and Kea. Her academic qualifications include    BA Sociology and PostGradDip Tourism.

Stella is the founding Director of Friends of Amari, an international association contributing to the revival of the Valley and Village of Amari in Crete, through the art of storytelling: International Storytelling Centre; Courses; Festivals and by supporting local cultural initiatives.


Roi Gal-Or

Roi Gal-Or, is a founder of the International school of storytelling in England. He teaches the use of storytelling in service of the environment, education, healing, peace and reconciliation. Roi works with the power of stories and the imagination to inspire connection and social transformation, foster vision, possibility and personal development. When he is not at home with his wife and 3 kids you will probably find him somewhere around the world performing or magically weaving together stories  community building skills, social development games and biographical work.  


Daniel Morden 

Daniel Mordenhas been a professional storyteller since 1989. His repertoire ranges from awful jokes to sacred myths. He has toured all over the world, from First Nation communities in Canada to Sydney Writers Festival. He has collaborated with Hugh on workshops, performances and books for over 20 years. For the past ten years, he has collaborated with musicians as THE DEVIL'S VIOLIN. To date they have created five shows, which have toured throughout the UK and to festivals all over Europe. His anthologies of Welsh stories, DARK TALES FROM THE WOODS and TREE OF LEAF AND FLAME both won the Tir Na Nog Award. In May 2017 he was awarded the Hay Festival Medal. 


Dr. Martin Shaw

Dr. Martin Shaw is a mythologist, author and storyteller. His first book, A Branch From The Lightning Tree was awarded the Nautilus prize for non-fiction, and was followed by Snowy Tower and Scatterlings to complete a trilogy of wo

rks on mythology, landscape and the nature of soul.

An international teacher, he has designed and lead both the Oral Tradition and Mythic Life courses at Stanford University, and, as a fellow of Schumacher College in Devon, co-created their MA in Myth and Ecology (with Dr. Carla Stang). His school of independent scholars in mythopoetic’s and wilderness studies is just entering its fourteenth year.
Principle teacher at Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference, recent collaborations have included working with Mark Rylance, Coleman Barks and David Abram.
He is a scholar from The British School in Rome, and his translations of Gaelic and Welsh folklore (with Tony Hoagland) have been published in The Mississippi Review, Poetry International, Kenyon Review, Orion, and Poetry Magazine. 
2018 will see the release of his new book, Courting the Dawn: Poems of Lorca (with Stephan Harding), with several more in completion: all involving a revisioning of the word romanticism in the early twenty first century.      and


Glenys Newton

Glenys Newton is from the UK and has been telling stories for a few years now. She tell stories in pubs, theatres, churches, festivals, schools, libraries, village halls, literary festivals and basically where anyone is prepared to listen. She tells stories with people with learning disabilities,  visual impairments and those experiencing mental health difficulties, often telling and gathering personal stories. Glenys won the prestigious The Mothstorytelling competition in 2014 to tell the first Moth story ever to be told outside of America. She loves to tell biographical stories, her own and those of others and in 2016 toured in the UK, Holland and Belgium with a performance of refugee stories having volunteered in refugee camps across Europe. Glenys works closely with the Essex Book Festival in creating events to tell the stories of the people of Essex. She has had two books published, non fiction, and is currently the Bard of Cambridge! Her real passion though is her connection with animals which has been from a very early age and often feature in her biographical stories. 


Michael Harvey

Michael Harvey is a leading contemporary storyteller currently on tour with Hunting the Giant's Daughter, a faithful contemporary retelling of Culhwch and Olwen (the oldest extant Arthurian epic) that has won rave reviews from  theatres, literature festivals and major storytelling events. He has a broad repertoire and his work is rooted in the landscape and mythology of Wales. He has toured and led workshops extensively throughout the UK, Europe and South America. In June and September 2011 Michael will be running a EU funded week long course for teachers in the art of storytelling in the Town of Llangollen in beautiful North Wales. Details are in the link below... 


Ross Daly

Ross Daly is one of the world's greatest exponents of the music of the Eastern Mediterranean. Many years before what we call "World Music" appeared on the scene, certain individuals, like Ross Daly, had already understood the enormous value and vast variety of the world's various musical traditions and had dedicated their lives to their study. Today, Ross Daly continues travelling and performing in Greece and abroad whilst simultaneously directing the Musical Workshop "Labyrinth" in the village of Houdetsi on Crete. and 

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