Dave Tonge has been telling tales since 1999. Prior to that he was a jack of all trades, but, unhappy with the road he was travelling, went back into learning. It was then that he discovered storytelling, formed Past-Imagined, Historic Tales Tellers with another storyteller, Stewart Alexander and ran away from his studies to become an Itinerant teller of tales! They fused history with traditional folk tales, adding some authentic costume into the mix and told tales at museums, heritage sites, festivals, fairs and schools. Since then Dave has travelled all over the UK telling stories for both Adults and children and works regularly for English Heritage, the National Trust, the British Museum and Ashmolean as well as at storytelling festivals and clubs, including Settle and Taffy Thomas’s ‘Tales in Trust’ at Halsway Manor.

“The Yarnsmith of Norwich is every inch a mesmeric character, from the tip of his expressive finger-tips to the tilt of tall hat his stage persona grabs the audience’s attention. The stories themselves are irreverent and full of cunning, revel in life and are told with great flair and a real twinkle in the eye. He tells at times with an hypnotic quality, magically drawing you deeper into the tale.”

Dave Tonge