The Journal of a Travelling Storyteller

Stories about shoes

I’ve been working on a storytelling show for an exhibition about footware. It’s early days yet but it’s struck me how many fairy and folktales and even myths feature shoes of one sort or another. I...

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In Defence of Open-Mindedness

Last week, we stayed in a lovely B&B in a medieval town called Dürnstein in Lower Austria. The people were wonderful, the food delicious, the wine even better but the weather… Meh. It could have...

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Literacy first, please

I’m a big supporter of literacy projects, whatever the language, and whilst oral storytelling imparts a number of literacy skills, the ability to actually read is fundamental, and often something...

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“The story – from Rumplestiltskin to War and Peace – is one of the basic tools invented by the human mind for the purpose of understanding. There have been great societies that did not use the wheel, but there have been no societies that did not tell stories.”

― Ursula K. Le Guin

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