A Cornucopia Of Tales and Tellers

Storytellers from all around the world join us to tell their favourite tales. Join us for tales of wonder, might, magic, folklore and history as we head to every corner of the earth, every period in history and even into the otherworlds.

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3 days ago

Alan tells a personal tale about the first time he met a fairy, Simona tells an Italian story about a clever peasant. Please get in touch if you are interested in taking part in our debate and let us know what you think in the comments.

Friday Jun 03, 2022

This week we are publishing an interview carried out at the IATEFL 2022 Conference in Belfast, Ireland which first appeared on IATEFL TV and can be viewed here. David, Haneen and Alan were interviewed by Georgia Papamichailidou and Shaun Wilden and tell a few tales along the way.  We find out what 'the big fish' really is in Belfast, how storytelling connects people and all there is to know about the amazing Hands Up Project. Thanks goes to all those at IATEFL who after two years ran an absolutely fantastic conference face to face again, with many of us meeting up for the first time, even after working together for years. Thanks also to the 40/50+ people who came to the Sharing Stories event on the Wednesday night, telling tales in multiple languages and having great craic in the process.  The biggest thanks has to go to the amazingly multitalented and inspirational teachers who joined us through the Hands Up Project coming from Palestine to Belfast to share their stories, expertise, knowledge and laughs for a week at both IATEFL and the Hands Up Conference. Go raibh mile maith agat!

Friday May 20, 2022

In this episode, Simona talks about her recent first experience with telling a story in a nature context and tells the story of Awangaleema.

Friday May 06, 2022

This week Alan and Simona retell a tale once told by legendary Irish storyteller/seanchaí Éamon Kelly (1914-2001) for the craic! Alan tells the tale of Peg the Damsel while Simona tells us of the Tay Man.  Our source material for this week's episode is from Ireland's Master Storyteller - The Collected Stories of Éamon Kelly.  You can find out more on Goodreads.

Friday Apr 22, 2022

In this episode, Alan, David and Simona each tell a tale about springtime. Alan tells an Irish tale about Hares and Oisin, the Irish hero son of Fionn and member of the Fianna.  David tells a European story called 'The Silver Birch' - the passing of the seasons will enchant you. Simona tells a story about a happy king who loses his happiness, 'The Song of Spring'.  

Saturday Apr 09, 2022

Enedina Sanna joins us from Sardinia, Italy, where she tells us all about storytelling, The Oxman, sharing tales of the land and flying the flag for folklore in Italy.    You can buy a copy of Enedina's book, Piccolo Manuale di Storytelling o del Raccontare con la Voce, here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Piccolo-Manuale-Storytelling-Raccontare-Italian-ebook/dp/B097RLLXC9  

Friday Mar 25, 2022

The magical David Heathfield joins Simona for a spontaneous conversation about his storytelling journey. Listen to learn about his books, how he learns stories from the people he meets and much much more.   

Friday Mar 11, 2022

This week Despina Ariou joins Alan and Simona to tell tales of diversity and tales of morality which come with a whole host of ideas for how these can be turned into activities in a classroom or any storytelling session. On this episode Despina mentioned the group Paramythiazo.  

Thursday Mar 03, 2022

In this episode, Ukrainian teacher and storyteller Alla Goesku shares with us her thoughts on the current situation and how storytelling can help children understand their identity in a world full of change. Listen to find out about her wonderfully HUMAN take on storytelling.   

Friday Feb 25, 2022

In this episode, Manuela Kelly Calzini and Sarah Ellis join Simona to talk about how Storytelling could be used in education, the importance of having childhood memories of people telling us stories, the Hands Up Project, the World Storytelling Cafe and much much more.   


Hello! Ciao! Hola! Dia dhuit! Bonjour! नमस्ते  habari مرحبا

A thousand welcomes to the homepage of the podcast A Cornucopia of Tales and Tellers.  What we aim to do is record podcasts with storytellers all around the world, telling their favourite tales, talking about what storytelling means to them and their professions, as well as sharing the cultural significances of storytelling all over the world. 

So grab a cup of tea, chai, water or uisce beatha, relax and enjoy hearing tales that have been handed down generations, or even ones that were dreamt up yesterday!


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