A performer with ‘Tis Tales, and regular storyteller at Isle of Wight folk clubs and open mic nights, Tony “Monty” Hirst enjoys trawling through old story collections in search of lost tales, as well as rediscovering and retelling stories from a variety of traditions heard at story festivals over the last twenty five years.

NEXT SHOW: Traditional Tales of England and Wales, Stories’n’Harp, Tony Hirst & Theresa Ellis, with special guest, Jenni Charity, Babushka Books, Shanklin, Friday, January 26th, 2024, 7pm for 7.15, advance tickets only, £7 (incl. refreshments), from the bookshop or on ‭07511 220038‬ / 01983 652880.

Recent pop-up outings include tales at Ventnor (free) Fringe, Chale Show (Somewhen Storytelling Tent), and Beautiful Days Festival (Magic Teapot).

For solo shows, see here.

Monty [photo credit: Graham Brown]
Monty [photo credit: Graham Brown]
Monty [photo credit: Graham Brown]
Monty by the Book Bus, Ventnor Fringe, 2022 [photo credit: Graham Brown]

As well as telling tales, Monty also publishes notes and curiosities that fall out of his search for new stories. You can find some of them here:

He also publishes notes and jottings relating to various search and presentation tools that typically end up getting built along the way:

For a list of folk nights on the Isle of Wight, see Folk on Wight — Club Nights / Sessions.