Gwobr Esyllt Harker Award

In 2021 Deb won the Gwobr Esyllt Harker Award for Women Storytellers in Wales, jointly with musician/storyteller Ailsa Mair Hughes. The prize celebrates the talent and contribution of an established or emerging woman storyteller in Wales. With the prize comes a bursary to support the creation of a new Storytelling show to be performed at Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival in 2023.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be chosen,” said Deb, “and delighted to share the prize with singer/multi-instrumentalist Ailsa as we’re both inspired by nature and love working together.”

The prize was awarded by Chwedl, the Welsh Women Storytellers’ organisation. The judging panel: “We are all very excited to see how Deb and Ailsa will develop their work. Ailsa and Deb are two really inspiring practitioners.”

Deb & Ailsa

Storyteller, Writer, Workshop Facilitator, Trainer

What I have to offer (for full details click on the relevant link above):

  • Compelling Storytelling for adults

    One reviewer’s comment: Deb has a winning mixture of warmth, high energy and irrepressible humour, combined with the ability to move an audience to tears. An open, authentic storyteller.

  • Energetic, lively storytelling for events with families and storytelling workshops for children (7+)

    Lively, participative stories & workshops that engage children. Excellent for developing verbal skills, literacy, creativity and confidence.

  • Hugely popular Creative Writing, Storytelling and Improvisation Workshops for adults

    Frequently described by attendees as ‘inspirational’, ‘highly enjoyable’, ‘excellent’, ‘great fun’. Friendly, inclusive workshops with lots of laughter.

  • Half-day Creative Writing Workshops for children (7+)

    Short, imaginative, practical exercises designed to inspire children at all levels with the confidence and interest to write stories and poetry. Made fun by someone who never truly grew up themselves.

  • Really effective Public Speaking Workshops and one-to-one Coaching

    Supportive, constructive help at all levels, from ‘Presentation Skills for the Terrified’ through to ‘Dynamic Public Speaking’.