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A storytelling podcast for lovers of tales.

This site is still just finishing off - so forgive the odd roadworks!

Welcome to Deep in the Dark Forest, a podcast featuring new adaptations of fairy tales and folk tales from around the world. Some famous, some rare, and some brand new. From authors old and young, and tellers of tales just starting out.

Each episode features one or two stories, a bit of chatter about stories and authors, and of course any nice things you send me.  Please comment on Twitter and Instagram using #deepinthedarkforest, or say something on my Facebook page.  Links in the footer of this site.

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New Episode - 2: The Ugly Duckling

This week a telling of the Ugly Ducking, probably one of the most famous children's stories, and also a chat about what makes a good story for a storyteller

1: The Golden Bird

For my first episode, I read a brand new adaptation of The Golden Bird by The Brothers Grimm. A tale of greed and good intentions!

What makes a good story for a storyteller?

It is easy to think that an experienced storyteller can make anything interesting, even the phone book, but actually, to get the best our of the bard, you have to give the bard the best!

Things You Never Knew about Nursery Rhymes

Most people in the west grew up with the Nursery Rhyme, especially in English Speaking countries. But they are not always exactly what we think they are. And their origins are sometimes rather dark!

Who Were the Bards?

We often talk about bards, or find them in stories (I shove them in my own), but how much do most of us know about there strange characters who wandered from village to village entertaining us?

The Storyteller's Hole

So, where am I going to be recording the podcast episodes? I might vary, depending on the weather, but most of the actual stories will probably be recorded in my warm little booth.