A performer with ‘Tis Tales and Stories’n’Harp, as well as solo shows. and a 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.

Contact: monty AT


Also see forthcoming dates with Stories’n’Harp, and ‘Tis Tales…

RESCHEDULED— Solo show, “An Isle of Wight Miscellany”, Babushka Books, Thursday August 8th, 2024, 7pm doors, 7.15 first story, £7 from the bookshop or 07511 220038 / 01983 652880.

Recent pop-up outings include tales at Ventnor (free) Fringe, Chale Show (Somewhen Storytelling Tent), and Beautiful Days Festival 2023 (Magic Teapot), Bearded Theory 2024 (Magic Teapot, round the fireside, and back at our tent encampment).

For previous shows and 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.