John Hughes is a storyteller who performs strange tales for all ages. He believes in continuing the ancient tradition of telling stories in a modern world. He is also a writer, a poet and a stand-up comedian.
John tells many types of story - some scary, some funny, some just plain weird - but they're all told in his own lively style, often with encouragement for the audience to join in. He collects stories from all over the world, from past and present, as well as reciting his own stories and poems.
Some stories are drawn from ancient mythology, folklore and fairytales - stories passed on through the oral tradition - but John maintains that these threads continue today through anecdotes, jokes and urban myths.
Workshops and performances
John has told stories and led workshops in storytelling, storymaking and writing in many schools, colleges and arts centres.
He has also worked in other more unusual locations. He frequently works with Park Rangers, telling his stories while walking through forests and fields. He's even told stories on a barge travelling along the Leeds to Liverpool Canal.
John also works in unusual urban venues such as shopping centres and supermarkets. He performed in Clayton Square Shopping Centre in Liverpool during the National Year of Reading. During the Big Read Campaign he told stories for customers at various Asda stores.
John is primarily a storyteller. His main interest is the spoken word and how it can transfix an audience, leaving them with memories, anecdotes and stories to pass on to others.
He writes scripts for the theatre and comedy sketches for local radio.
He also writes and performs his own material as a stand-up comedian under the name Johnny B. Hughes.