JC Niala is a Storyteller who writes. She performs stories that otherwise hide away in books and draws on inspiration from people's stories to create plays, films, poems & books.



A Slow Read Around the World


Two of the things that seem to be affecting many people around the world are what Thomas Merton (a monk) calls ‘The subtle violence of busyness’ and what can feel like an increasing polarisation. When reflecting on ways in which I could try and connect with and understand people around the world better - I decided to do so through words and so set myself a reading challenge. I wrote about it on Facebook and within a couple of hours several other people had decided to join me. Click on the button below to find out more.

Urban Garden Food


Urban Garden Food is the name of a podcast that I am currently developing. It is going to feature research from my doctoral studies. I am a first year DPhil student at St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford studying urban gardeners.

Where I am speaking next


I perform, facilitate workshops and produce events. Click on the link below to find out what I am doing next.



“Excellent performance!”

"It just brings to the human aspect to the forefront which is amazing."


Previous work shown at

Tate Modern
BBC2                                 The Africa Centre, London
BBC Radio 4
University of Oxford