Kirsty Hartsiotis: storyteller, writer, speaker
Kirsty Hartsiotis: storyteller, writer, speaker

Biography

Raised in East Anglia, Kirsty's lived in the East, North and West of England, as well as in Italy and Greece. She's a storyteller, writer and speaker, and also a part time museum curator.

 

Storytelling: She has a repertoire of stories from around the world and from the dawn of time to the present day. She specialises in telling English, Celtic and Greek stories, as well as stories drawn from history. She was the co-founder of Stroud Story Cabaret in 2011, which hosted storytellers and musicians such as Vergine Gulbenkian, Jane Flood and Matt Sage, ran the Stroud Story Circle and currently runs Fire Springs and Friends, a monthly email roundup of the best local storytelling and spoken word events. She's committed to using storytelling as a way to bring the past alive in museums and has told stories, and presented gallery talks and tours, in a diverse range of heritage venues. 

 

Academic: She has a BA in History of Art from Warwick University, and Master’s degrees in Medieval Studies from York University and Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. She combines writing folk tale collections and other fiction with writing talks, reviews and articles on the decorative arts, and has been the editor of the Society for Decorative Art Collections journal from 2009. She's also a regular columnist for Cotswold Life and the Gloucestershire Echo. Please see here for a list of her publications. 

 

Museums: She works part time as a museum curator, managing the decorative and fine art collections at The Wilson,Cheltenham, including the Designated Arts and Crafts Movement collection. She has worked in the heritage industry for more than 20 years – dealing with decorative art, fine art, cemeteries, transport, local history and archaeology.  She cut her heritage teeth in museum education, working primarily with school groups and families, but has been a curator for more than 20 years.  A large part of her work in museums is about drawing stories from the objects in her care, and inviting the public to develop their own interpretations.

 

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