Simone's surname Schümmelfeder would translate into Cheating Feather.
Her ancestors probably used quills to forge signatures and documents to bluff their way through life. They were bound to have been good storytellers as well.
Born in the small town Beverungen in the middle of Germany, Simone grew up surrounded by stories. Her hometown is located in the beautiful landscape of the Weser-Mountian-Area. It is part of the Fairy Tale Road that runs along the river Weser.
During her studies to become a teacher, when she was doing a workplacement in a school for children with special needs, Simone discovered the power and wonder of storytelling.
She realized that she could hold the children's attention and get them to enjoy the lesson by telling stories.
Inspired by this expierience, she joined the well known Northern Irish storyteller Liz Weir and became her apprentice for the summer of 2006. Together with Liz she travelled all over Ireland, listening to and telling stories in schools, libraries, pubs, on stage during festivals and wherever stories wanted to be told.
Coming home to Germany Simone founded the Storytelling Theater Schuemmelfeder together with her twin sister Silke. They traveled through Germany, telling stories and giving workshops about the art of stortelling.
In the same year she published several articles about storytelling in a magazine for English Teachers, and together with Silke she also published her first children's book "Ruprecht Storchschnabel - die Abenteuer des zuvorletzt Geborenen der Elfen" (Robert Herb -The last but one of the elves).
Simone finished her teacher training and worked as a foreign language teacher in Germany.
She now lives in Dublin working as a professional storyteller and telling tales in both English and German.
Thereby she bridges the gap not only between modern life and a traditional art, but also between two cultures.
Michael grew up in Dublin surrounded by the stories his family had to tell.
He is a self-employed carpenter and how he found his way into storytelling is a story worth telling in itself.
Storytelling wasn't the first performative art that Michael got interested in. He worked as a Hospital Clown with the Red Cross before he ever thought of becoming a storyteller.
In the late 90's he joined some of his clowning colleagues on a trip to the small island Cape Clear on the South Coast of Ireland.
Here the annual Cape Clear Island Storytelling Festival took place with featured tellers from all around the world.
While the tellers enchanted their audience with tales of magic and wonder, a storm was brewing over the sea. The weather conditions got worse, and at the end of the three-days-festival both tellers and audience were trapped on the small island as no ferries could cross the sea in the raging storm.
This was when Michael discoverd the real power and wonder of storytelling. Trapped for days with food running out and waiting for the forces of nature to calm down, he says that it were the stories they shared that kept them going.
Michael picked up on storytelling after this experience and has performed on many stages since then. He is also an active member of the Dublin based group of storytellers called Story-O that brings tales from all around the world to Ireland's capital.
Michael tells stories because he enjoys bringing people on a journey into another reality. Stories for him are a life-force all on their own and can, in ways we do not know, shape peoples’ destinies.
He likes to tell stories with a bit of fun in them. Stories that have a twist and turn in them that capture and evoke you. Above all he enjoys telling you a story that speaks to you.
Silke is Simone's twin sister and has founded the Storytelling Theater Schuemmelfeder in 2006.
She studied education and mediation and works in Bonn for the organization Youth Farm that specializes in helping children from a disadvantaged background.
The first time she came across storytelling was during a workshop about nature and education.
It only took one story to make her fall for the art of storytelling.
She studied the techniques of storytelling herself and had her first performances before joining the Academy of Storytelling in Munich in 2006 and enrolling for a year's course in storytelling there.
Since then she performed at festivals, in schools, museums and nursery homes and gave various workshops about storytelling.
Apart from using her storytelling skills on stage, she also tells stories to the children she works with and combines her work and stories.
Silke likes to tell stories that reach out, challenge and surprise you.