Events Diary & News

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Sun 11th September 2016 3.00pm

Gilgamesh (with Jonah Brody)  

British Museum, London

GilgSquareAn ancient hero. A wild man tamed by a whore. A quest for eternal life, and the deepest secrets of the gods…

Over 3,500 years after this ancient Mesopotamian myth was first recorded on clay tablets in cuneiform, world-renowned storyteller Ben Haggarty and multi-instrumentalist Jonah Brody bring Gilgamesh to the stage in an extraordinary, passionate and powerful telling of one of the first great works of literature.

Deities are irritated and appeased by turn, supernatural beings are slain, apocalypse is averted, and our antihero turned hero discovers what it really is to be a man.

TICKETS: £8 / £6 (suitable 15+)



Friday 16th September

fairytales for grown-ups: the grateful & the dead

Ebenezer Presents…The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset, TA10 0QN

ramsquareWorld renowned for his playful performances, allow Ben Haggarty to lure you into the richly metaphorical world of a full-blooded fairytale for grown-ups.

Dark, beautiful and startling by turn, this is a story of dreams, initiations and the repayment of debts – a journey from innocence to experience, which delves into a disconcertingly familiar narrative world.

Ben Haggarty performs with infectious charm and ease – fierce, fast paced, and unashamedly magical.

  ‘I was spellbound’ The Times


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Saturday 17th September. 3.00pm

 The Devil, The Tsar & The Three Dry Biscuits

Ebenezer Presents…The Seed Factory, Aller, Somerset, TA10 0QN

Family show 8 +

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Friday 23rd September


Gosh! Comic Bookshop 1 Berwick Street, Soho, London W1F 0DR  6.30pm onwards

goshposterGOJoin Adam Brockbank and Ben Haggarty as they celebrate the publication of the long awaited second MeZolith book…


26th – 28th  September  The Bearer Beings

(non-public conference convened by Marina Warner), Palermo, Sicily



15th & 16th October

Talking Mezolith with Adam Brockbank

Lakes International Comic Art Festival, Brewery Arts CentrE, KeNdal

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Monday 24th October  8.00 pm &9.30pm

Fairytales for Grown-ups – The Iron Man Kavad

Soho Theatre Upstairs, London £10 (£8)

‘Everything a fairy tale should be…unmissable’ EVERYTHING THEATRE

Three sons are born, but the birth of the third costs his mother her life.

World renowned performance storyteller Ben Haggarty has a wooden box. It’s a big wooden box. And it’s painted with the pictures. Let him lure you into a Fairytale for Grown-ups – complete with epic transformations, giant cockerels, tough patriarchies, trips to the underworld, sibling rivalries, and things that live in the swamp.

Tonight, for one night only, Ben Haggarty tells a rarity from his repertoire – dark, full-blooded, uniquely enchanting, and the very best kind of odd…

Age Recommendation: 12+
Running Time: 60 mins (There will be two performances one at 8.00pm and another at 9.30pm)

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Friday 4th November, 7.30pm


A Bit Crack, Cobalt Studio, 10-16 Boyd St
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE2 1AP 

atalantaA retelling of the myth of Atalanta – a fierce tale of a remarkable virgin hunter and devotee of Artemis who sure as hell doesn’t want to have anything to do with men…

This provocative story is the latest episode from Greek Mythology to get Ben Haggarty’s ‘Myth Unleashed’ treatment. Here the veneers of classical civilisation are stripped away and the challenging, and truly awesome, implications of the tales are made clear.

Spend a night in the company of bears, centaurs, warriors and gods….

(not suitable for under 14s)


£8 / £5  Concessions


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5th & 6th November

Talking Mezolith with Adam Brockbank

 Thought Bubble Festival, Leeds

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sat 12th November, 2016    7.30pm

GilgSquareGilgamesh (with Jonah Brody) Earth house, Cranborne, Dorset

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Saturday 19 November to Sunday 20th November 2016, 2 days, 9.30am to 5.30pm

Introductory Storytelling workshop

Rich Mix Venue 2, 35 – 47 Bethnal Green Road, London E1 6LA.


A beginner’s storytelling workshop led by Ben Haggarty

This two-day, practitioner-led workshop is aimed at adults with an interest in traditional narratives (folk tales, fairy tales and myths) and in their performance. It will give participants an introduction to the core principles of contemporary oral storytelling, the process of visualisation, and of narrative patterns and structure. You’ll discover your innate inner storyteller and begin to appreciate its skills.

This two day workshop is packed with exercises, talk, discussion, and telling stories…

COST: £150.00. A booking fee of £1.50 per transaction applies for this event (for non-members)

BOX OFFICE: 0207 613 7498 or email

Rich Mix Online info click here 

Suitable for adults (18+)

Publication News


My graphic novel, MeZolith, with amazing art work by Harry Potter Concept Artist, Adam Brockbank,  has been republished by the American company Archaia (an imprint of Boom!). It has a new cover, and is a slightly smaller size than the original.

us mez 1It has also been given its full name: MeZolith: Stone Age Dreams and Nightmares Book One.

You can buy it from specialist comic shops such as Gosh! in London and Travelling Man in the North of England… or here from Amazon:Mezolith 1

Mezolith 1 is also released in France by Soleil Celtic and in Germany by Cross-Cult. Spanish, Italian, Turkish editions will follow.


MeZolith: Stone Age Dreams and Nightmares Book Two – is finally being released by the same company on September 22nd.

You can buy it from specialist comic shops such as Gosh! in London and Travelling Man in the North of England… or here from Amazon:Mezolith 2


first lightFor fans of Alan Garner, I also contributed a piece to the wonderful Festschrift Anthology, First Light, edited by Erica Wagner. Alongside such luminaries as Susan Cooper, Phiilp Pullman, Margaret Atwood… fellow storytellers, Nick Hennessey and Hugh Lupton were also invited to contribute.

You can buy it from book shops

or here from Amazon: First Light