What we do

The Story Commons is a wild-place space which uses folk and fairy storytelling to explore and restore our relationship to human and non-human communities.

Read more about our philosophy.


Who we are


Wild Story Commons is run by Dr Joanna Gilar. Joanna has a PhD in fairy tales and ecology from the University of Chichester. She has lectured at Chichester and at Charles University, Prague, and currently works as a community storyteller, building projects for families and young people that strengthen communities via stories. She is passionate about inspiring young – and old – to discover the infinite wonder of the ordinary world.


Our Projects




A community space for the refinding of stories, storytelling choirs explore fairy tales from multiple voices and diverse perspectives to forge concerts of collective telling.

 The Giant's Garden

The Giant’s Garden is an eco-adventuring, herbal storytelling, wild home-making spaces for babies, toddlers, children and parents.


Materia Vitae


An online journal offering a space of conversation around the reforging, refinding and retelling of folk and fairy tale.

Common Rites


An inspiration, support and performance space for the co-creation of narrative rites and embodied stories.

The Fairy Tale Atlas

An online course on the history, ecology and resonance of the fairy tale in today's changing world.

Our Team

The Story Commons team is new and evolving. At the moment we

are made up of separate project teams, such as the Giant's Garden adventurers. Watch this space as we build connections and grow community, and if you'd like to be involved in any of the individual projects, or in the Story Commons as a whole, please get in touch

We also collaborate with mythologists and storytellers across the UK, including Dr Sharon Blackie and Brighton's LunarSea storytellers.

wildstorycommons@gmail.com | Tel: 07796163436 |

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