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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Episodes

3 days ago

Ewa Krzeminska is an English teacher from Poland with a passion for stories - she likes listening to, reading and telling stories. With Alan and Simona, she talks about how her passion for stories came to be, how stories pick you and tells a wonderful Polish story with an unexpected ending.    A Cornucopia of Tales and Tellers is a passion project brought to you by English teachers Alan and Simona, who want to create a compilation - or cornucopia if you will - of stories from all around the world and by as many tellers from around the world as possible.  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! Music by Purple Planet. Find us on Facebook and Twitter. If you like what you hear, you can Buy Us A Coffee to help fund future episodes and the hosting of our podcasts.

Friday Sep 16, 2022

Alan gives an update on his summer, having moved to Cork after IATEFL in Belfast, where he met up with the gang in Cork Yarnspinners.  They meet up the first Thursday of each month, and you really should make an effort to get there, as it's some craic.  For those interested, you can listen to a live version of the song Grace here. We also finish this week's podcast with a good old Nasreddin story.

Friday Jul 01, 2022

This week we have not one, not two, but six storytellers and/or storytelling teachers online to discuss a point we raised in our last episode - should we change, edit or update our tales to fit with the current zeitgeist or feeling of the times? Alan and Simona were very pleased to be joined by Enedina Sanna, David Heathfield, Manuela Kelly and Jackie Ross to discuss storytelling, tradition, mythology and what we would or wouldn't tell.  Enjoy.

Monday Jun 27, 2022

Just a short update on the project and podcast.  As we're both teachers, the podcast does take time, effort, energy as well as funds to host the podcast services.  That's why we have launched a Buy Me A Coffee page to help pay for hosting and long term support of our project. This is a passion project from the both of us and we're keen to continue telling tales long into the future, so give us a share far and wide!

Friday Jun 24, 2022

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  

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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!

Enjoy!

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