Daniel Morden has been a professional storyteller since 1989, performing all over the world, from New York to Nairobi. He has twice won the Welsh Books Council’s Tir na n-Og Award for his retellings of traditional tales. His much-loved collections of stories have focused on a range of areas of inspiration, from the folklore and mythology of his native Wales to the Roma and Gypsy storytelling tradition.
Storytelling from the Start
The folktales, fairy tales and myths of our ancestors are the building blocks for every story that has been told since, and in many ways, for our identities and our understanding of the world and one another. 2017 is the Welsh Government’s Year of Legends, and this storytelling course for beginners is a chance to learn how to prepare and perform traditional stories in the company of two of Britain’s leading exponents of the artform. Participants will leave the course immersed in the practice and the history of the spoken word tradition that has arguably defined cultures and people since before any other art form, and of course having heard and told many stories.
Daniel and Hugh Lupton are frequent collaborators, having published five books retelling ancient Greek myths, and the pair were awarded the 2006 Classical Association prize for ‘the most significant contribution to the public understanding of the classics’.
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Hugh Lupton has been a central figure in the British storytelling revival for 30 years. Storytelling is in his blood – he’s the great-nephew of Arthur Ransome, author of classic children’s book series Swallows and Amazons, and grew up being fed adventures by the legendary storyteller. Hugh tells myths, legends and folktales from many cultures but his particular passion is for the hidden layers of the landscape – particularly the Norfolk he shares his great-uncle’s passion for – and the stories and ballads that give them voice. He has written many collections of stories and a novel, The Ballad of John Clare.