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Deep in the Dark Forest
Fairy tales and stories old and new, some familiar, some not. New adaptations told by a storyteller from London Town with specially composed music and the occasional poem.
Mar 9, 2020
Little Brother and Little Sister
Another foray into the world of the Brothers Grimm. This is a tale called Little Brother and Little Sister, or sometimes simple Brother and Sister. It is the story of two children who run away from their horrible stepmother into a forest, whereupon the brother is turned into a roebuck deer, which explains my artwork! It is a well known tale which I have adapted very slightly. Don't forget to leave me a review or just send me a message. And you can find me here: Website: https://deepinthedarkforest.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/DITDFpodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deepinthedarkforest/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deepinthedarkforest/ Use the hashtag #deepingthedarkforest on Instagram and Twitter.
Feb 25, 2020
The Boy Who Went Forth to Learn What Fear Was
A fun story this adapted from the tale from the Brothers Grimm, it tells the tale of the lad who couldn't feel fear and wanted to know what is was like. His father, his brother, others he meets, and even himself, think he is stupid. But beneath it all, he is quite a lot sharper than all of them. Don't forget to leave me a review of a rating if you like me. And you can find me here: Website: https://deepinthedarkforest.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/DITDFpodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deepinthedarkforest/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deepinthedarkforest/
Feb 15, 2020
Cap O'Rushes & The Smallest Elfen
Two stories for you today! The main story is from English Fairy Tales, a book curated and edited by Joseph Jacobs, the man who brought us Jack and the Beanstalk and others. Cap O'Rushes (Cape of Rushes) is one of many tales that fits in the girl dances with prince and he falls in love with her - the most famous being Cinderella. This version is a little nicer (not chopped off toes!) and has a very sweet end. The second story is one of mine and it taken from my current massive "work in progress" - The Unicorns Tales. This is the story of The Smallest Elfen and the Big Fish, which is taken from Aelwen Jones and the Crystal Hand. I like this story, not just because I wrote it, but because it is a story for little children, and yet in my book is told by a teenage girl to her teenage friends. And I rather like the music wot I wrote for it! Don't forget to leave me a review of a rating if you like me. And you can find me here: Website: https://deepinthedarkforest.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/DITDFpodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deepinthedarkforest/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deepinthedarkforest/
Feb 10, 2020
The Tale of Ole Lukøje by Hans Christian Andersen
No one, anywhere in the world, knows as many stories as Ole Lukøje! And no one can tell them so well. Which is the first line of the story this week and a perfect introduction to this famous tale from Hans Christian Andersen. The story of the Sandman is an ancient tale and he has appeared in many guises. This is one of the better ones, perhaps. Don't forget that all these podcast tales come with transcripts. Just head on over to the episode page on my website. Don't forget to leave me a review wherever you heard the podcast, and follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: https://twitter.com/DITDFpodcast https://www.instagram.com/deepinthedarkforest/ https://www.facebook.com/deepinthedarkforest/
Jan 31, 2020
The Tongue-Cut Sparrow
Kon’nichiwa! Ikaga o-sugoshi deshita ka. Hello! How have you been? This week, I have leapt several thousand miles that-a-way and landed in the forest of Japan for a famous and much-loved folk story. Shitakiri Suzume, or the Tongue-Cut Sparrow. The Japanese love this tale, and famously it has been turned into a dance, the suzume-odori, which is often performed in parades with set moves and fans. It isn’t a hard dance, but it looks like a lot of fun. This is my version of the story based on the one by Yei Theodora Ozaki. I have a different ending to hers to reflect a lot of other versions, plus a little twist of my own! Here are some links for you: Twitter: https://twitter.com/DITDFpodcast Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/deepinthedarkforest/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deepinthedarkforest/ And the audiobook Lost in Tokyo by Garrett Wilson: https://cchogan.com/audiobooks/lost-in-tokyo/
Jan 23, 2020
The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Andersen
I have two stories for you this week. The Little Match Girl is one of Hans Christian Andersen's most famous tales, but one he didn't think would be so popular. And it is a story that is still relevant in today's difficult world. Tissue required. But I start with one of my own - The Fox and the Dove which is taken from my yet unpublished series, the Unicorn Chronicles. It is a nice little parable with a reasonably happy ending! Don't forget to leave me a review wherever you heard the podcast, and follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook: https://twitter.com/DITDFpodcast https://www.instagram.com/deepinthedarkforest/ https://www.facebook.com/deepinthedarkforest/
Jan 17, 2020
Jack and the Beanstalk - A new adaptation
On this edition of Deep in the Dark Forest, I have for you a brand new adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk, based on the story told by Joseph Jacobs. Jack and the Beanstalk is an ancient tale, going back possibly thousands of years, and it has been told by a lot of storytellers. The version by Joseph Jacobs is one of the more famous ones, but this is my take on his story, with an extra twist at the end! Don't forget to review me wherever you found me, and you can always grab me on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #deepinthedarkforest. All the links and more on my website: deepinthedarkforest.com
Jan 9, 2020
Little Red Cap by The Brothers Grimm
This week I have far too much fun with Red Riding Hood, or Little Red Cap, as it is known here. This is a new adaptation based on the version from the Brother’s Grimm, which has a happier ending that the older tale from Charles Perrault! Sort of. Not so much for the wolf, though. I have also added my version of a poem from Charles Perrault which he wrote as the moral at the end of his telling of the tale. Please let me know what you think, especially on Apple Podcasts. But you can also send me messages on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Twitter: https://twitter.com/DITDFpodcast Instagram: deepinthedarkforest Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deepinthedarkforest/ Website: https://deepinthedarkforest.com
Dec 29, 2019
Hansel and Gretel by The Brothers Grimm
On the show this week! For the main course: Hansel and Gretel, the story by from the books by the Brothers Grimm. This wonderful tale is about two starving children, abandoned in the forest by their father’s wife, and who, hand in hand, fine a cottage made of bread and sugar. And for dessert, a little poem originally written for my fantasy books. An ode to a dragon. More details on my website here. And don’t forget you can get hold of me and chat about the stories using the hashtag #deepinthedarkforest on Twitter and Instagram. Website: Deepinthedarkforest.com Dirt Fantasy: aworldcalleddirt.com
Dec 21, 2019
Gold-Tree and Silver Tree
Two treats for you this week. Our story is a Scottish tale from the collection of Joseph Jacobs and is called Gold-Tree and Silver-Tree. It is a similar kind of story to Sleeping Beauty, but has its own twists and turns. And then I have a short, fun poem that I penned myself about a bear and a girl who meet in a forest. You can find the show transcript here. Don’t forget, if you want to send me a comment, use the hashtag #DeepInTheDarkForest. You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Or go to my website.
Dec 14, 2019
Thumbelina by Hans Christian Andersen
The wonderful tale of Thumbelina by Hans Christian Anderson is possibly not quite as you know it, especially if your only knowledge is the song sung by Danny Kaye. The real story is very different, and is a story about a young girl asserting herself when all about her is trying to tell her what is best for her. But the show starts with a quick tour around my little studio. And if you want to see some pictures to go along with that, check out the episode page on my website here. Please, please, please tell all your friends about the Deep in the Dark Forest Podcast, and if you want to send me a message, find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. And find out more on my Website, including my newsletter.
Dec 8, 2019
Cinderella by The Brothers Grimm
Here in the UK, Pantomime at Christmas is quite a big deal. It is when children and adults alike submit themselves to the loudest, cheesiest, most farcical musical comedies, laced through with puns, topical jokes, sarcasm, teasing, mischievousness, and built around a formula that is been with us for decades. They are a lot of fun, though I admit I tend to avoid them. And there is never a Panto season that doesn't have at least one performance of Cinderella. But there is a huge difference between the plot used for the pantos and the plot of the original. No fairy godmother to start with. So, this week, let me treat you to the original, plus, one of my own poems; the tale of two children becoming friends and hunting dragons. Don't forget to subscribe to my show on your favourite podcasting service, and sign up to my newsletter! Comment on Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #deepinthedarkforest or on my Facebook page. More details on my website.
Nov 30, 2019
The Ugly Duckling - Hans Christian Anderson
In Episode two, let me take you on a journey through a very well-known story indeed. The Ugly Ducking by Hans Christian Anderson. But if you have never read his original story, then get your tissues out. This is one sad little duck. After that, I talk about writing stories for storytellers, and how that is different to writing for a book. Don’t forget, if you want to send me a comment, use the hashtag #DeepInTheDarkForest. You can find me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. And go to my website for the transcript and to sign up to my newsletter.
Nov 26, 2019
The Golden Bird - The Brothers Grimm
Welcome to the very first storytelling podcast from Deep in the Dark Forest. In this show: A story from the wonderful Brothers Grimm – The Golden Bird. A rather interesting little tale of treachery, friendship, a young hero, a bit of love, and a golden bird. And then a quick chat about why I think storytelling out loud is so important, whatever age you are. And if you want to send me a friendly message, use the hashtag #DeepInTheDarkForest on Twitter and Instagram. All my social links can be found on my website. More Info: Visit my website - Deep in the Dark Forest