My contribution to National Storytelling Week 2017

I am telling stories all day on February 1st in Newbury: two sessions with Primary School Pupils, one with adults who are free in the afternoon, one with older children in the early evening, and a two-hour show of Russian traditional stories and Stalin anecdotes, called In a State of Terror. I’ll tell you what I did after I’ve done it. The venue sent me an … Continue reading My contribution to National Storytelling Week 2017

Where can you hear stories told?

STORY CLUBS in Hampshire and Wiltshire Southampton Story Club 1st Thursday in the month 8pm-10pm The Art House, 178 Above Bar, Southampton, SO14 7DW https://www.facebook.com/groups/southamptonstories/?fref=ts Sarum Story Club 2nd Tuesday in the month 8pm-10pm The Wyndham Arms, 27 Estcourt Road, Salisbury, SP1 3AS https://www.facebook.com/groups/sarumstoryclub/?fref=ts Wykeham Tales 2nd Wednesday in the month 8pm-10pm The Hyde Tavern, 57 Hyde Street, Winchester, SO23 7DY https://www.facebook.com/WykehamTales/?fref=ts Heads and Tales … Continue reading Where can you hear stories told?

Bogatyri

I’ve already mentioned them on my page on Russian Tales, the knights-errant from Kiev, but here is Viktor Vasnetsov’s painting of the three most famous, whose adventures are told in various byliny: Dobryna Nikitich [the courageous one] is on the left, Alyosha Popovich [the clever one] is on the right, and Ilya of Murom [the honest one] is in the middle. A full-length 1956 film about … Continue reading Bogatyri

Skazki

Russian Tales have pictures in them that are every bit as bright as the pictures that Ivan Bilibin creates. Indeed, there are few artists whose works fit the tales they illustrate as well as his. These are the pictures I see in my head. These are the pictures I want to get into yours. This picture is the beginning of The Frog Princess. Three princes … Continue reading Skazki