Our regular evening when ordinary people tell their extraordinary stories.
A night of revelations and inspiration, through the simple power of storytelling. Come and hear what’s happening around you.
This month’s storytellers include…
Ernesto grew up in a small town in Venezuela. He was 9 years old when his mother tragically died in a car accident in which he was also travelling along with his younger brother and sister. Ernesto’s life was always filled with strong emotional difficulty and struggle and at the age of 23, he decided to leave behind his home country and moved to Mexico. Ernesto then moved toLondon and he arrived at Heathrow Airport with only £300 in his pocket. He didn’t know anyone in the UK and spoke hardly any English. Ernesto found work collecting the dirty laundry in a hotel and doing the washing up in a restaurant. Three years later Ernesto opened his first business. Today, he is a highly accomplished entrepreneur and his businesses employ more than 250 people.
David has been a corporate and commercial lawyer for more than 25 years in the City. He founded his own firm, with a raft of other bits and pieces to his name during this time! A runner of workshops on four continents for men seeking to change their lives, a stand-up comedian, a failed marketeer, a corporate and life coach, and a member of Toastmasters International: the public speaking organisation. David was a former President and founder of Toastmasters clubs and has been awarded the title of Distinguished Toastmaster. Father of two children, both amazingly being married during this calendar year and with his son a long-suffering and yet eternally hopeful season ticket holder at Arsenal football club!
Niels is a London-born, Edinburgh-raised comms guy who spent a big chunk of his adult life in East Asia, specifically Hong Kong and South Korea. After a string of positions including cocktail barman, magazine editor and marketing at a music/tech startup, he now plies his trade in financial communications. Excitingly, he is just about to make a residential leap from north to east London, where he will live with his lovely wife, Jainnie, and a modest collection of cactuses.
Sam is taking her first steps to becoming a writer, her background is in complimentary therapies and motherhood, she’s now entering a new stage. This year she’s started her own blog called Collecting Conversations and has almost finished writing her first non fiction book based on the conversations she’s had. Sam is a Clapham resident of almost 30 years and is a very willing but petrified storyteller. She has a belief that if something makes you feel uncomfortable, then you should try your best to attack it head on. And her advice is: “Lower your expectations and you won’t be disappointed!”
For Bianca an interesting and full life has meant going along many different paths. Some paths have been more successful than others but she always ensured that she had plenty of fun, good times, kept a positive attitude and gathered many friends in the process. Bianca has been a teacher, a PA, a coach, run group coaching events for entrepreneurs, she acts as an agent to some professional speakers and does voluntary school mentoring and she is also an international courier for bone marrow and stem cells transportation.
Jheni is an abstract geometric painter, concret poet and dwells in Peircean semiotics. She has a BA and an MA in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Arts. She has three lovely children and lives in Clapham. Jheni was a School Governor at Macaulay C of E Primary School for over eight years. She was the chair of Clapham Common mgt advisory cmtt. Jheni also set up the Clapham branch of the Women’s Institute and was its first President. She nudged George Owen mbe, to set up a Friends of Clapham Library and to fight to save the old library (that you are sitting in right now.) Jheni attends Christ Church and Holy Trinity Clapham and she is a Toast Master.
Running Time: 90 minutes