Raised in East Anglia, Kirsty's lived in the East, North and West of England, as well as in Italy and Greece. 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 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 was previously a member of the Lords of Misrule, a York theatre company that specialises in performing medieval plays in their original languages. She performed in many plays, including The Pardoner’s Tale, A Merye Geste of Robin Hood and Beowulf, as well as producing and directing a number of plays such as Aesop’s Fables and Thomas the Rymer. She combines writing folk tale collections and other fiction with writing talks, reviews and articles on the decorative arts, and was the editor of the Society for Decorative Art Curators journal from 2009 to 2014.
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. She also works part time as a curator at a museum in Gloucestershire, and has worked in the heritage industry for more than 20 years – dealing with the Arts and Crafts Movement, fine art, cemeteries, transport, local history and archaeology. She cut her heritage teeth in museum education, working primarily with school groups and families. 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.