She’s nothin’ like they say she is, you know. Green-haired, frog-faced, sucker-fingered creature, with the tail of a six-foot eel. I mean, most people don’t even realise she’s a woman. But I’ve seen ‘er, so I know.
She's nothin' like they say she is, you know. Green haired, green toothed, frog-eyed creature with the tail of a six-foot eel. I mean, some people don't even believe she's a woman. But I've seen her, so I know. I was recently invited to tell a story as part of WaterWeek 2015 at St Elisabeth's … Continue reading Frog-Faced Goddess in the Crypt
Recently, on the Winter Solstice, Joe and I watched the sunrise over the sea at Eastbourne. And then we watched it set again over the Downs at Beachy Head. We got together with friends and shared food, drink, games, fun and laughter to celebrate the death of the year that's passing and welcome in the … Continue reading At the Henge of the Year
Opportunities for storytelling abound in the steampunk world. In designing and creating my own costume, I really found myself getting to grips with characterisation - building a steampunk character who would become my alter-ego throughout the event. She's a Madame Blavatsky type figure - a gothic, Victorian-occult-underworld travelling storyteller. She's an illusionist who can be found on both sides of the mirror: she slinks in the shadows and glitters in the moonlight.
Moving from the cradle of the Downs to the shifting sands of the seaside is proving to be a huge culture-shock for me. Although the distance I've actually moved is only a matter of about two miles, the difference in landscape and environment has left me feeling entirely uprooted. My roots are in the belly … Continue reading Roots, Shanties & Parsley-Girl
Magic, myth and mystery in the ancient world... I'm reading William Haslam's deeply insightful and thoroughly-researched exploration from 1849: The Cross and The Serpent. From the outset, it reminded me of the 1998 book, Heaven's Mirror, by Graham Hancock and Santha Faiia. This apparently had an accompanying Channel 4 television series, but unfortunately I didn't … Continue reading The Cross and The Serpent
I was deeply moved when I read this recent post by Anna on A Classic Comeback. It perfectly expresses the essential vitality of the relationship between fairy tales / storytelling and the Christian Gospel. So I'm re-blogging the whole piece here. Thanks Anna! It's complemented by this short dramatisation of ideas between Tolkien and Lewis: … Continue reading Why We Still Need Stories
The sun is shining high in the sky! Here's a story I recorded last year. Gawain is one of my favourite stories, so I moved it from its traditional setting at midwinter and made it a midsummer story instead. Enjoy! (Apologies for the couple of small glitches at the start). Sir Gawain and the Green … Continue reading Summer Solstice
I've been experimenting with a SteamPunk style for my fairy tales this weekend, in preparation for the Storytelling Tent at the Eastbourne SteamPunk Festival this September. Here's an extract from my first attempt: The Girl With The Clockwork Heart It’s the year 1888. Princess Aurora is celebrating her 18th birthday – dancing and spinning at … Continue reading SteamPunk Storytelling
Eastbourne Ancestors Exhibition: The Pavilion, Royal Parade. 1 February - 16 November Yesterday I visited the Eastbourne Ancestors exhibition and I was blown away! It's a collection of the archaeological finds discovered during digs around the town, and begins to piece together the stories of our ancestors who lived mostly in the Roman and Saxon … Continue reading Know Your Ancestors?