Charlie Winnick and the Fairies
My telling of a fantastic story which I learned from Sussex Folk Tales by Michael O’Leary – a brilliant book you should definitely read! Thanks to my friend James Lewis for making the video, and to the staff of St George’s Inn, Kemp Town, Brighton for letting us film in their pub.
My take on the classical Greek story – with thanks again to James Lewis for making the video, and to St George’s Church in Kemp Town, Brighton. I should explain, late on where it looks like I’m gesturing at the altar, I was actually gesturing at Mount Olympus! It was just behind me, at that point.
The Woman of Llyn y Dywarchen
A quick on-the-hoof telling of this magical story from North Wales, filmed at the actual lake where it’s said to have happened, taken by my wife Ruth on her mobile while on holiday in August 2016.
Herne the Hunter, Henry VIII and the Winter of 2018
Some magical and historical tales from Finchampstead in Berkshire, where I grew up, meet the ghost of Herne the Hunter in some reflections on a news story and the rising levels of homelessness. Filmed by Ruth again on a family walk.
The Squire of Hendy
One of my favourite folk tales, staggeringly modern and human in its import. I learned it from Eirwen Jones’ Folk Tales of Wales (bought at Portmeirion Bookshop many years ago). Filmed by Amy Sutton at her wonderful monthly night, Worthing Storytellers.
The Saga of Hervor and Heidrek (excerpt)
Rachel Levy and I worked out a full telling of this dramatic and eerie Icelandic saga. This is me doing a short section of it at Rachel’s fantastic monthy storytelling open mic, South Downs Storytellers (all welcome!).
Frost and Fire: a tale from the Kalevala
A selection from my online telling of this fascinating Finnish folklore, on 22nd Dec 2020. Skilfully mastered and put together by Crecganford – watch their other videos!