For almost 30 years Taffy Thomas has taken his art to the public. The Cumbrian based storyteller and MBE is Britain's first Laureate for Storytelling. [sharp dresser too -ed]
Whilst Storyteller in Residence at the Gateshead Garden Festival in 1990, Taffy met textile artist Paddy Killer who created Tomas' Tale Coat. The Tale Coat is a unique working piece of art; worn by the storyteller, members of the audience are invited to treat it as a jukebox by pointing to an image on the coat and saying, "We'd like to hear that story."