• Saint George: House of the Dragon Slayer

    Saint George: House of the Dragon Slayer

    The famous legend of “Saint George and the Dragon” is as iconic to the English as Jack and the Beanstalk and a Christmas Carol. The original story was a lot more intense than the abridged version we all know. For our ‘Five Fantastic Finds’ you can hear about religious myths and canon, damsels in distress,… Read more

  • Tragedy of Rostam and Sohrab

    Tragedy of Rostam and Sohrab

    The tragedy of Rostam and Sohrab is one of the greatest in the epic literature world. Listen to the story here or below! Kay Kavus’ reign was eventful, but sadly, not all that happened was productive or good. Kavus was captured again, started many more conflicts, and got deceived into building a chariot to fly… Read more

  • Rostam: Horsin’ Around

    Rostam: Horsin’ Around

    It’s finally time for Rostam! Our previous episode kicked off our trilogy on the Shahnameh or “Book of Kings,” an epic by Ferdowsi on the history of Persia’s Greatest Kings and Heroes. We last spoke of the Hero Sam and his son Zal so if you are interested in knowing more about them, then make… Read more

  • Shahnameh: Sam, Zal and Rudabeh

    Shahnameh: Sam, Zal and Rudabeh

    The Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) by Hakim Abu al-Qasim Mansur is one of the world’s greatest Epic poems, detailing the history of Iran’s Kings and Heroes. He is known as “Ferdowsi Tusi,” which is actually a title meaning “The Tusi Poet from Paradise”. The work has morphed with every retelling, and the stories have… Read more

  • LGBTQ+ Retellings

    LGBTQ+ Retellings

    June is Pride Month, and as we all gear up to celebrate ourselves and our loved ones, it’s also time to celebrate the strides we have taken in the literary world of retellings! From all corners of the world, we have seen a rise in the representation of BIPOC and LGBTQ+ protagonists! While the days… Read more

  • Star Wars: Fairy Tale Or Fantasy?

    Star Wars: Fairy Tale Or Fantasy?

    Sparrow tries to convince Fox that Star Wars is truly a fairy tale. But Fox is not quite convinced. Hear the debate and let us know if you think Star Wars is a fairy tale or just a fantasy. Read more

  • The Mitten: Ukrainian Folktale

    The Mitten: Ukrainian Folktale

    We have used many different versions of “The Mitten” from Barbara Suwyn, Irina Zheleznova, Svitlana Yakovenko, Pavlo Chubynsky (1878) and Ivan Rudchenko (1870).  Today, we have a famous folktale from Ukraine that some of our travellers might have heard already! The story of the mitten has been translated from Ukrainian into many different languages and retold in children’s books! One… Read more

  • Beauty and Pockface: Skin Deep

    Beauty and Pockface: Skin Deep

    Cinderella is unconquerable when accounting for the number of retellings, adaptations, variants and popularity. Most of these adaptations focus on the Charles Perrault version of Cinderella (The Little Glass Slipper) when there are many other variants to choose from! One of these variants called “Yeh-Hsien” is the earliest recorded Cinderella tale, written in c.850 C.E… Read more

  • The Doomed Prince and the Three Fates

    The Doomed Prince and the Three Fates

    What began with Egyptian funerary texts, hymns, poems and records soon evolved into one of the earliest records of narrative literature. There were few surviving narrative stories from the Middle Kingdom, including the “Story of Sinuhe,” and “Tale of the Shipwrecked Sailor.” Narrative tales like our Doomed Prince didn’t flourish as a genre till down… Read more

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