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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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.   

Thursday Feb 10, 2022

The sidhe make their first appearance on our Cornucopia of Tales and Tellers podcast as Alan joins Simona to tell the tale of when he was captured by The Other Crowd and taken to a sídh where it looked like they were getting ready for some music and a feast (ceol agus craic).  But how is he still here then? Listen in to find out how clumsiness saved the day!  

Thursday Jan 27, 2022

David Heathfield joins Simona and Alan to discuss the Around the World in 88 Tales project and feedback, which was carried out with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum. Special episode music from Kimwei - I Can't Buy This World To find out more about David Heathfield check out his website.  


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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