We cross continents today for the same story, but told in very different ways, for different purposes - and in fact, not told at all. Gustavo in Lima, Peru and Bowen in California, USA joins Alan in the Glens of Antrim, Ireland to tell the Snow Girl / The White Maiden / Snegurochka, and give their versions of events, both in the story, and in their own contexts.
Alan discusses why storytelling is the great leveller, and here is some further reading for anyone wanting to read more -
Acts as a means of mental health support. (Mannell et al., 2018)
Helps develop resilience (East et al., 2010)
Successfully used in mental health recovery (Nurser et al., 2018)
Is seen as the key to empathy (Manney, 2008)
And it gets young learners excited for reading again (Hall, 2021)
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.
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