The International
School of Storytelling

The Secret Life of the Folktale

How do I find a story about...? How do I find the original version of ...? Is  How do I decide which version to tell...?

If you have ever asked these questions then the Secret Life of the Folk tale will help you answer them. A weekend with academic Simon Heywood and Storyteller Shonaleigh.

Like pebbles worn by the sea into shapes of startling wonder, the folktales we all know are the legacy of centuries of slow growth, and generations of work and vision, by some of the greatest storytellers who have ever lived.

Most of the time we do not even know their names. Usually we never think about how they gave their tales the form in which we know them best today. But in the story of this long creative process, unexplored treasures and mysteries lie hidden as if in plain view. Familiar tales take unfamiliar shapes; chicanery, sheer genius, charlatanism, and chance all play a part in shaping and handing on the stories.

In this two-day course writer and storyteller Simon Heywood and Shonaleigh, storyteller in the Jewish women’s drut’syla tradition, take a practical, creative, and inspiring look at the hidden story of the tales we think we all know.

It is possible to book accommodation and meals at Emerson College during your course. Please do so directly with them by using their online booking system, at the following link http://www.emerson.org.uk/calendar Scroll down to find your course and you will be able to find all the options and prices and make a booking. The costs are NOT INCLUDED in our tuition fee.