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Strong Wind – a Native American Cinderella story

Strong Wind Once there was a great warrior named Strong Wind. He lived with his sister in a tent on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean. Strong Wind had an amazing power. He was able to make himself invisible. His … Continue reading

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The Tea Master and the Samurai – a Japanese folktale

Once there was a famous Japanese tea master called Sen no Rikyu. Rikyu was a spiritual man who believed in simplicity and the beauty of nature. When he performed the tea ceremony he would carefully choose beautiful but simple pots … Continue reading

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In Beauty May I Walk – a Navajo chant

We’re not walking to Ankara tomorrow, we’re taking a plane. Nonetheless while preparing our show we came across a piece of Navajo poetry called “In Beauty May I Walk”, which we’d like to share with you. We like to imagine … Continue reading

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Stone Soup – a folktale for the classroom

Due to popular demand we’ve posted this brilliant version of Stone Soup. It’s taken from Erik K Taylor’s wonderful book ‘Using Folktales’ published by Cambridge University Press. It’s got a great chorus which lends itself to stirring vigorously and miming … Continue reading

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Counting Sheep with the Celtic numbering system; yan, tan, tethera…

In the British Isles, shepherds count their sheep day in, day out, first thing in the morning and last thing at night, as I’m sure do shepherds from all corners of the globe. In fact counts are usually made after … Continue reading

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From ‘The Seafarer’……Anglo-Saxon Poem

The tale I frame shall be found to tally: the history is of myself. Sitting day-long at an oar’s end clenched against clinging sorrow, breast-drought I have borne, and bitternesses too. I have coursed my keel through care-halls without end … Continue reading

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The Witch, the Maid and the Gold in the Chimney -with tips on how to tell it…

The best stories for oral telling are those that contain lots of repetition. The key is to get the audience involved. It could be through joining in with repeated phrases, miming an action like ‘huffing, puffing and blowing’ or stirring … Continue reading

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