Storytelling at Test Valley Festival

Live in England (preferably Hampshire)? Want to hear some fairy tales? On Sunday 12th June, along with my friend and fellow storyteller Claire, I am are going to be storytelling at Test Valley Garden & Literary Festival! We're doing short performances of lesser-known fairy tales, including White Bear King Valemon, Bremen Town Musicians, and Snow White Fire... Continue Reading →

Tsukumogami: Japan’s Household Spirits

Imagine going to boil some water, and suddenly your kettle sprouts legs and runs away. Or turning a light on, to find your paper lampshade grinning at you and waggling a long tongue. You might have a spirit problem, but these are no ordinary poltergeists. Meet the tsukumogami! Tsukumogami is the collective name given to a type of yokai... Continue Reading →

Fly Away Home & Meeting Marina Warner

Last week, I travelled to the University of Chichester for a talk and book signing with Marina Warner, hosted by the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy. When I saw this event being advertised I knew I had to go, because Marina Warner. Enough said. Instead of reading from her new short story collection,... Continue Reading →

Pagan Sabbats: 5 Small Ways to Celebrate Imbolc

Celebrating Pagan sabbats is a fun, meaningful way to mark the turning of the seasons. Following the Gregorian calendar, Imbolc is the first sabbat of the year (by the Celtic calendar in is Samhain which is in October). Imbolc (pronounced 'EE-muk' or 'IM-bulk') falls on the 2nd February. It is the Pagan equivalent of the Christian Candlemas,... Continue Reading →

Nightwish: Stories Through Song

This week, I became captivated by the song Storytime by Nightwish, which is what inspired my topic for today's post: Stories. I love a stories, in any form, no matter where they come from. Stories are magical, beautiful creatures which appeal to our creative natures and inspire us like nothing else. In the words of Nightwish, they... Continue Reading →

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