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I am currently touring Tongues of Flame

My story of Richard Francis Burton

Mausoleum IMAG1647 My story is based on the extraordinary life of Richard Burton; it is a story that runs to the heart of Empire and travel.   Beginning at the foot of his peculiar mausoleum in the form of a Bedouin tent in a Catholic church, my tale of the great and enigmatical explorer becomes a journey to the edge of the known world.

Burton was an Englishman fluent in over 40 languages, with the support of the The Royal Geographical Society he led an expedition to the true source of the Nile; he was the first non-Muslim to enter the holy city of Harar and he completed the Haj from Suez to Mecca. ……..Burton turned exploration into a practice of human freedom.  These stories are complemented by the soaring, melancholic, and yearning vocals of the Iraqi Kurdish singer Nawroz Oramari.

‘Tongues of Flame’ was one of the highlights of a great storytelling year in Cambridge…. They [the audience] were enthralled by the vibrant colours of the piece, and the masterly crafting of the material…..  Its picture of a colonial past has an immediacy for modern culture and the 21st century legacy of British colonialism…Best of all it held me riveted, laughing, appalled – what more can I ask from a storytelling show?

2014, Marion Leeper, Cambridge Storytellers Programmer


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6 thoughts on “I am currently touring Tongues of Flame

  1. Dear Giles

    I heard you on In Touch this evening on radio 4 – I enjoyed your interview and your short story. Your storytelling style is captivating.
    Will your tour be extended to Oxford?

    I can imagine a good audience here, for example, at the Storytelling Museum or at the Catweazel Club.

    All best wishes with your tour



    1. thank you Fran, I’m glad you enjoyed the interview! I really wanted to bring Tongues Of Flame to Oxford, because Burton was admitted to Trinity College in 1840. He was sent down in 1842, hired a pony and trap and drove it, trampling, al over the famous flower garden, blowing a tin bugle and blowing kissed to the kitchen women! Oxford Storytelling Museum was part of our original grant application and they said they wanted me to perform there. They just got in touch with me again (Jan ’15) and we may be able to arrange a gig.

    2. hey Fran, I just heard from the Story Museum and we may be able to arrange a gig before the tour’s timetable runs out!

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  2. Hello Giles
    Very interested in your Burton Tongue of Flame tour. We are based in East Sussex, very close to the International School of Storytelling so a village already immersed in the power of stories.

    We would like to stage your event. What do you think and how much is your fee as we would organise everything, venue, tickets etc.

    Get back to me as soon as you can with your thoughts.
    Best wishes
    Sheereen Khan

  3. […] I’ll be performing in the Octagon Room – a stunning space designed by the architect James Gibbs. And Orleans House Gallery holds a special place in my heart as it holds photographs taken by the explorer Richard Francis Burton, another extraordinary man that I brought to life in my show Tongues of Flame. […]

  4. […] the National Portrait Gallery on St Martins Lane as part of their Late Shift programme. I performed Tongues Of Flame for them last year and it’s such a fantastic place to tell stories! While I work with the words, […]

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