About Glenn

Glenn B Swift has been telling stories longer than his mother can remember. His career in Professional Storytelling had a Fairytale beginning, literally!

Once upon a time (a long time ago…) a holiday job performing fairytales in Myer city book department developed into an invitation to perform in a number of school libraries and now into a circuit that covers most of the State of Western Australia.

He enjoys performing in regional libraries and schools and has a fan base among city and suburban librarians who engage him to celebrate just about anything connected to books and community. These days he tells many stories of his own creation, loves to get large groups of children screaming on cue and introduces teenagers to the joy of reading through the experience of a gripping narrative.

Glenn has a wonderful selection of story material suitable for years PP through to High School. His middle and lower primary sets are distinguished by a VERY high degree of participation, ensuring maximum retention and guaranteed to turn your students into playground storytellers. His stories for upper primary and High School are by turn nasty, funny, inspiring, bizarre and sometimes all of these. He keeps any class, even year 9’s, focused and attentive for 50 minutes or more.

Master of Ceromonies Services / Facilitator

Glenn B Swift – the Man you want in a room full of people when something needs to be said or done or the energy needs to shift in a certain direction, or away from another. Some of the nice things said about Glenn as a presenter/actor/ MC/ facilitator have been:

You have extraordinary stage presence, a quality difficult to describe, but it makes you easy to look at You have a very good voice, deep and interesting. Are you on radio? I bet you’re a storyteller What happens when you get on stage is the audience relaxes. We feel we can trust you, that you’re not going to embarrass us

Which doesn’t mean he’s going to leave the audience entirely in passive comfort, because as much as Glenn enjoys being entertaining and useful to an audience or group as a speaker , he enjoys creating audience participation, and a feeling from all of having contributed to the occasion.

What is particularly useful about Glenn is he comes in so many different packages – Hoax Expert (name an accent, he’ll make people believe), Theme MC (appropriate material researched and written), Storyteller (he still does a lot of work with kids, and keeps 100 six-year olds focused for up to an hour – really!), Group Workshop Facilitator, Games Leader, Brain-Stormer and when you need it – Quizmaster!

Comedy comes naturally to him and usually arises from a present situation, and he can write funny material to order, after an interview with a key informant.

It’s not just an act.

Glenn Swift Storytelling – a “brief” history.

Spring 2013

  • Cottesloe Childcare Centre.
  • Kwinana Library Opening.
  • Seville Grove Library.
  • Warnbro Library.
  • Safety Bay Library.
  • Children’s Week Launch at Whiteman Park.
  • Belmont Museum – A Night in the Museum.
  • Grove Library – Halloween.
  • Whiteman Park Groundwater Festival- MC.
  • Seville Grove Library.
  • Claremont Library – Christmas Histories.
  • Subiaco Library – Christmas Stories.
  • Girrawheen Library – Christmas.
  • Wannerroo Library – Christmas.
  • City of Perth Library – Christmas.
  • Kalamunda Library – Christmas.
  • Joondalup Library Christmas.

Winter 2013

  • Aust. Children’s Book Week, Claremont Library – Full Day.
  • Melville Libraries – 2 days.
  • Whitfords Library.
  •  for Spearwood Library at Phoenix Shopping Centre.
  • Girrawheen Library, The Strange, Bizarre and Beautiful.
  • Wesley College.
  • Clarkson Library.
  • St Josephs School, Pinjarra.
  • Subiaco Library.
  • Grove Library.
  • Eat Your Words, Literary Dinner, Wanneroo, Story and MC.
  • Sth Perth Library – The Reading Hour.
  • Kununurra Library, full week, including Kalumbaru and Wyndham.

Autumn 2013

  • Altone Library – The Strange, Bizarre and Beautiful, for Adults.
  • Cambridge Library – Pride and Prejudice 2ooth Anniversary.
  • Fairbridge Festival – Stories and MC.
  • Lords Subiaco.
  • Guildford Library – Strange, Bizarre and Beautiful.
  • Midland Library – Mad Hatter Stories.
  • Bayswater Library, for Adults.
  • Kenwick Library.
  • Joondalup Library- The Strange, Bizarre and Beautiful.

Summer 2013

  • Perth Zoo – Elephant Stories, and Friends.
  • Riverton Library – Out of this World.
  • Inglewood Library – Twilight Stories.
  • Cambridge Library – Happy Tree Celebration.
  • Scarborough Beach Amphitheatre – Sea Stories.
  • PIAF Writer’s Festival – School’s day and Family Day MC.
  • SLWA Conference – Librarian and the Robbers.
  • South Perth family Day – MC and Stories.
  • Challenger TAFE – International Stories.

You get the idea. It’ been going on like this for years