Archive for the Storytelling Category

Happy Christmas from the Tortoise Loft

Posted in Christmas, Family and Friends, Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writing on December 19, 2010 by suetortoise

Enough pictures of snow, I can see all the snow I want outside the window. Here’s a story instead of a card. One for reading aloud. And my good wishes for a very happy Christmas season to all who hear it:

This story was beautifully read by Allan Price on the programme Genevieve Tudor’s Sunday Folk (BBC Radio Shropshire, BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester and BBC Radio Stoke), on Boxing Day evening, 2010.  

The Antisanta


Father Christmas, Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus… Call him what you will, he is older than those names; older than the religion of the Christ Child; older, even, than the pagan faiths that gave us the high feast of Yule. The protector of children in mid-winter, that cruellest and most dangerous time of year: the time of the gnawing hunger and killing cold, the time of darkness and of famished wild beasts, grown desperate by that same hunger and cold. Continue reading

Island Stories

Posted in out and about, Storytelling with tags , , , on September 23, 2009 by suetortoise

Tales and Trails 2009 by firelight

The Telling Space Storytelling Club which meets at Mythstories Museum of Myth and Fable in Wem had its annual Tales & Trails story contest last night, held on a privately-owned island in the River Severn in Shrewsbury. Fortunately for us, the island belongs to one of the club members and her family. It was decorated in our honour with nightlights and candles and fairylights, transforming it into a perfect location for the story contest. Even the weather stayed fine for us. Before we crossed the bridge to the island, a flotilla of little paper boats were launched, bearing tea-lights. A pretty constellation on the river to match the twinking stars overhead.

Tales and Trails 2009 fireships