Artistic Name:
Suzanne Whitby
Phone number:
+43 660 378 2939
Innsbruck, Austria
South African
Innsbruck, Tirol

Current shows include:

> Sleep only in small spaces (unsettling tales)
> A long way home (stories from Africa)
> By the light of a Celtic moon (Celtic tales)
> What women want (medieval tales)
> The winds of change (tales of transformation)
> A love like salt (stories of love, loss and life)
> The blue planet (a character impersonation, combining three tales and three perspectives)

I craft custom programmes for birthday parties, weddings, cultural events schools, restaurants and other occasions, sometimes telling a series of individual stories, and at other times, creating an interconnected series of tales that are more like a theatre performance than the telling of individual tales.
I also run Story Walks in Innsbruck, with tales that bring the mountains, waterways and streets to life. Programmes change annually.

Adults, school children and teens.
C.V. / Resume:

A lover of stories in all forms, I started telling stories professionally in 2010 and since then, have been telling wise, wonderful and witty tales - in English - in the USA, UK, South Africa, Austria, Italy and further afield. The majority of the stories that I tell are folk tales, traditional tales, myths and legends, spiced up with a few fairy tales, literary tales and the very occasional personal story.

I am presently based in beautiful Innsbruck, where I tell stories and offer storytelling performances at a variety of locations across Tirol, northern Italy, Germany and Switzerland. In summer, I offer story walks for people who want to enjoy the views without an academic tour! I also visit schools on a regular basis, telling stories and supporting English literacy in schools.

Aside from offering storytelling performances, I teach storytelling techniques at the university, high schools and businesses, helping people learn to communicate better by starting with story. I am regularly invited to conferences and events to deliver keynote speeches on the power of storytelling as well as mini-workshops and breakout sessions.

“Ziyadliwa” means “walnut” in Zulu.  Why? Well, that’s another story for another time!

Member of International Storytelling Network (RIC).

International Storytelling Network
International Storytelling Network
Author of:


English, German
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