Hildur, Queen of the Elves or Christmas in the Land of Ice and Fire

In which we discover how much damage elves and curses can do, how even powerful beings can suffer and that mysterious housekeepers often have a hidden agenda. In addition, we learn that if you have a useful magic stone you should always put it in your pyjama pockets whilst you sleep. Just in case. …

A Collection of Winter Tales

Would you like to hear a winter tale or six?  I have put together a compilation of my December tales from last year so you can fully indulge in the spirit of winter.  

The Hand of Glory or The Miracle of Milk

In which we discover that a Hand of Glory is not always the solution you might think it is, pretending to be asleep is sometimes the cleverest & bravest option and that its surprising what you can achieve with a bowlful of milk …

The Storyteller’s Supper – An Interview with Taffy Thomas

This is a bonus episode of an interview I did with Taffy Thomas MBE about his wonderful new treasury of food folk tales and recipes, beautifully illustrated by Dotty Kultys. …

Billy Biter & the Round Parkin or The Trouble with Dragons

In which we discover that marital problems can be resolved by supernatural means as long as you’re not too picky about the outcome, that everyone loves Parkin and that you should never, ever bake when angry, especially when there are dragons about. …

Darkness Amongst the Trees or A Feast of Divination

In which we discover that trees have a dark side, that they occasionally attack livestock and that they sometimes assist river spirits in sacrifice. We also learn that there can be hope in little things, that Grannies really do know everything and that divining the name of a future spouse can be trickier than you’d think. …

The Smith & The Devil or The Turnip Turpitude

In which we discover tricking the devil doesn’t always work out well, that sometimes in tales there are more turnips than women and that frankly you can pretty much pickle anything. …

The Dark History of Chocolate

In this bonus episode I talk with Emma Kay about her wonderful new book The Dark History of Chocolate. …

The King of Love or The Horseradish Uncertainty

In which we discover that last names are underrated, there are always worse mothers-in-law, and that horseradish can be a gateway to a better life. We also find that kindness, goodness and a close relationship with the King of Birds are an advantage in life. …

The Sprig of Rosemary and The Potato Principle

n which we discover that its amazing what you can fit under a rosemary bush, that you should never forbid people opening chests without explaining why and that fathers can be very unreasonable. …

The 13 Bandits, The Apple Dumpling & The Big Ravioli Reveal

In which we discover the fascinating truth of how 1001 Nights, brave yet mischievous Sicilian maidens, the patriachy, apple dumpling and Lucrezia Borgia are all connected. This episode also contains revelations about the startling effects of pear varyenky and the surprising divination abilities of pel’meni. …

Vernacular Voices of the Storyteller

In these fractured times l wanted to look at how stories from different voices can overcome the the distance between people and highlight our shared experiences. I interviewed five amazing storytellers and asked them all about breaking down barriers through stories and food and these are the results: …