Fairy Tale Hearts: Organs or Intuition?

I've been thinking a lot about hearts recently. They're funny things, aren't they? Or at least our perception of them is. When we talk of hearts, instead of organs pumping blood around our bodies they become personified; magical things capable of love and adventure. They are strong and wild, and do not listen to reason. Can't explain... Continue Reading →

Storytelling: Test Valley Festival June 2016

Live in England (preferably Hampshire!) and want to hear some fairy tales? On Sunday 12th June, along with my friend and fellow storyteller Claire Kerry, 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... Continue Reading →

Tsukumogami: Japan’s Household Spirits

Imagine going to boil some water, but your kettle transforms into a raccoon 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 (付喪神) is the collective name given to a type of... Continue Reading →

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