Matthew Bellwood is a writer and storyteller based in Leeds. Over the last few years, he has worked everywhere from the Canadian Fringe to the International Shakespeare Conference in New Zealand. Along the way, he has performed in schools, libraries, theatres and pop-up museums, at DIY rock gigs and, on one memorable occasion, to an audience of 1,200 girl-guides in a tent.

His stories range in style from traditional myths and folktales to interpretations of well-known literary classics. He also performs his own material – mainly stories about his life growing-up in Leeds.

As a writer, he is particularly interested in the beauty of the everyday, the futility of silence, the arrogance of the shy and the endless possibilities that life offers us to change ourselves, our lives and the lives of those around us.

When he isn’t writing, he runs a Theatre In Education company, Moveable Feast Productions, and encourages young children to dress up as Vikings (amongst other things). The company averages around a hundred and fifty performances a year. He also works with local libraries, theatre companies and arts organisations to create and run a wide variety of storytelling projects.

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