Carol Ann Duffy


Gillian Clarke


Mark Rylance


Hugh Lupton


William Ayot
Chief Executive

Key People

Patrons, Champions, Trustees & team.


Carol Ann Duffy

Poet Laureate

Gillian Clarke

National Poet of Wales

Mark Rylance

Actor, Founding Director Shakespeare’s Globe

Hugh Lupton

Storyteller, Author, Founder The Company of Storytellers

Champions & Advisors

Dr David Crystal

FBA Hon Prof Linguistics, Bangor University, President UK NLA, etc

Menna Elfyn

Poet and Activist

Prof Hamish Fyfe

Dir. George Ewart Evans Centre for Storytelling, Univ. of S. Wales

Michael Harvey

International Storyteller, Teacher

Paul Kingsnorth

Author and Activist

Sue Nelson

Solicitor, Trainer, Council Member of The Law Society

Jon Plowman

Executive Producer, Former Head of Comedy, BBC

Christina Shewell

MA, ADVS  International voice specialist, author and broadcaster.

Patrick Spottiswoode

Founding Director Globe Education, Shakespeare’s Globe,


Mike Peckham

FRSA (Chair)  MD PSA Training & Management Development, Consultant

Juliet Grayson

COSRT, UKCP  MD Inter-Action Training, Psychotherapist, Teacher

Dr Neil Wooding

FCIPD, FNCPP    Chief Executive, Public Service Management Wales

Management Team

William Ayot

Chief Executive: Poet, Co-Founder of Olivier Mythodrama, Founding Director of On the Border & NaCOT

John Hemingway

Project Director, IT & Sponsorship

Deborah Clarke

Events and programming

Simon Lawrence

Adult and Executive Education

Jackie Poulter

Early Learning & Pre-school Programme

Jack Vaughan

Fathers & Sons Programme