National Storytelling Network Virtual Storytelling Festival

31 May to 7 June 2020


Tickets at

Around the World in 90 Minutes

1000 – 1130 Central Daylight Time (CDT Kansas City, Missouri)
3 June

Presented as a part of CONNECTED: NSN’s Virtual Storytelling Conference and Festival.

The 7 tellers in our group are from England, Scotland, Germany, Spain, India, Peru, and Ireland. The coordinator/MC is Richard Marsh.

The International Storytelling Network, Red Internacional de Cuentacuentos (RIC),, brings together 1,351 storytellers from 61 countries on five continents. Our objectives: connect storytellers from all world cultures, revitalise libraries and schools, encourage reading, disseminate masterpieces of traditional and contemporary literature, and promote the work of storytelling through articles and publications.


Beatriz Montero is from Spain. General coordinator and founder of the International Storytelling Network (RIC). She has books published for children and adults in Spanish, English and Portuguese.

Her YouTube channel has over one hundred million visits and 500 video stories:

She has told stories in 22 countries on 6 continents. Beatriz is broadcast daily on television in Spain, Mexico, Argentina, Costa Rica, Venezuela and Chile.

Story: The Stair, a fun children’s story that happens up and down a stair.


Richard Martin (UK/Germany) travels the world hearing and telling folk tales, as well as leading workshops. More than 100 stories are in his free video gallery. Over 30 years a language teacher, many of his tales have teaching ideas.

Story: The Wounded Selkie, a tale of hate, revenge, forgiveness, reconciliation and understanding.


Geeta Ramanujam is a Master Storyteller, Trainer and Academician and the founding Director of Kathalaya’s International Academy of Storytelling, offering Certified courses. For the past 24 years she has travelled to over 43 countries with her performances and trained over 85,000 people in the art. She is an Ashoka fellow and a coordinator of the International Storytelling Network.

Kathalya, India

Story: The Mountain’s Tale, from India, about the relationship between a mountain and a storyteller bird.


Michael Kerins is from Glasgow, Scotland. He is a man of many natural talents. He can be very funny, hilarious in fact, but also sad and tragic. Michael evokes feelings and memories in his audience they didn’t know they had. It is rare to find an individual with such an extremely creative talent, which is matched by sound commercial awareness and strong business acumen and Michael is just that, a rare talent whose works inspire and motivate others.

Story: The Varona and the Seagull, about finding and choosing friendship.


María Gómez de la Torre is a Peruvian Canadian Storyteller. Member of the NSN and the International Storytelling Network. Drama teacher and founder of the Storytelling Club at the University of Piura. She’s also done workshops for adults and many presentations at different schools for students of all ages. She specializes in fairy tales and old tales and especially loves Celtic mythology and legends.

@istorytell (Twitter)

Story: The Crystal Heart, a Vietnamese tale.


Janet Dowling is originally from Barking, Essex – the very East End of London UK – via Surrey and now resident in Devon.

Janet finds and retells the stories of the landscape and local communities that she lives in. Author of two books of collected folk tales, with Devon Ghost Tales receiving the Storytelling World Resource Award for 2020. She curates the international Internet Story Cafe for Inquisitive Adults at

Story: Mathew Trigg and the Pharisees
From my collection Surrey Folk Tales. It’s an old story that has transformed to spur community cohesion.


Session coordinator/MC Richard Marsh is from the United States, living in Ireland since 1980. Storyteller, Legendary Tour guide, author of collections of traditional myths, legends and folk tales, Irish and world-wide.
richard at richardmarsh dot ie

Richard Martin and I are on the Storytell email list, and because of the similarity in the names members are frequently confused as to which is which. It’s easy to tell the difference: I wear a beard and the younger Richard doesn’t.

I will tell a short tale or two of suitable length as time allows. The Storyteller’s Death Wish would make a suitable ending.