By Nicole Schmidt
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This podcast is a storytelling journey through world-folklore. With brief context and analysis in the introductions, the main focus is the retelling of stories themselves. From saucer-eyed spectral dogs to pond-scum haunting child-eating witches - experience the darker side of Britain's folklore in Series 1. Then journey to central and eastern Europe to the world of Slavic folklore, home of Baba Yaga and lurking forest creatures (Series 2). From there, step into the vast world of Asian Horror films and immerse yourself in the folklore of the Yokai and other supernatural beings (Series 3).
||CleanTales from Finland: Special Guest Storyteller Sarah Liisa Wilkinson||In this episode, you will hear London-based storyteller Sarah Liisa Wilkinson retell two stories from the the Kalevala, a 19th-century work of epic poetry compiled by Elias Lönnrot from Karelian and Finnish oral folklore and mythology.||1 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS03 Episode 1: Soul Journeys||In folklore across the Nordic world, the human soul or ‘hug’ is a force to be reckoned with and is intimately connected with the body. Indeed, if a person were to be somehow separated from their hug, perhaps through magic,||19 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTaster Episode: Soviet Urban Legends||From the dread KGB to the Western consumerism that threatened communist values, this episode will look at urban legends told fairly widely in the Soviet Union from the 1960s to the 1990s. This is a taster episode of the Urban Legends series that will .||31 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 5: Unquiet Dead & Unquiet Waters||In this episode, hear stories about a particularly special manifestation of the unclean force: those water-bound spirits who are also said to be spirits of the unquiet dead; human spirits who perhaps committed suicide or died an untimely or tragic death||11 8 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Pathways & Portals: Special Guest Episode||In this special guest episode, professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf tells a fascinating tale involving a mysterious tomb in Brompton Cemetery, London. Unfasten your doors of perception with an extraordinary tale of occult,||22 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 4: Unclean Spirits||In lore across the Slavic world, from the northern Slavs of Poland and Russia to their southern kin in Croatia and Slovenia, there are the so-called ‘unclean’ spirits of forest and field, home and bathhouse.||8 6 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 3: Harvest Demon & Wolf Shepherd||Lady death mowing down a victim with her scythe. A demon of the harvest fields in the shape of a mourning widow. Is it any wonder that folklore symbolically conflates death and the harvest in such potent images when the harvest was the very heart and p.||5 5 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 2: Primeval Forest Spirits||From the last bastion of primeval woodland straddling Poland and Belarus to mountain-top pine forests in the Czech Republic, from swampish realms in aforementioned Polska to Serbian forests ringing with shrill hunting cries, meet the female huntresses,||30 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02 Episode 1: Baba Yaga & Crone Kin||Variously a mythical wise woman, a witch, a forest spirit or a leader of others in the spirit realm, Baba Yaga’s legacy of lore comes from mixed cultural groups within Eastern Europe and as such a fantastic and horrifying collection of motifs have as.||9 3 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 6: Land of the Dead, Part 2||From the castle haunts of witch hares and rabbit haunted groves in England to fey goat maidens in Scotland and horse-mounted portents of death in Ireland, we will explore stories from that parallel dimension, the land of dead.||9 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 5: Land of the Dead, Part 1||From the stately Windsor forest to Scotland’s mist shrouded lochs and streams; from dark and dank Welsh coal mines to barren sandstone hills in Leicestershire, we will explore stories that embody our troubled relationship with our own physical vulner.||2 2 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 4: Demon Dogs||From the tor-covered wilds of Dartmoor to the mist-shrouded Scottish Highlands; from the otherworldly black cells of London’s notorious Newgate Prison to Ireland’s limestone cave entrance to the underworld,||26 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 3: Prehistoric Sites||From southern England’s chalk ridges to boggy Scottish headlands overlooking deep and mysterious lochs, there are barrows, megaliths and standing stones of great antiquity. Before the Romans, before the Anglo-Saxons,||16 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 2: Watery Worlds||From the deep lochs of Scotland to the murky sylvan ponds of England and then lastly to the other worldly tempestuous coasts of Ireland, these are tales tinged with algae and sea-salt. Experience the dark creatures of the dark depths.||16 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS01 Episode 1: Fey Worlds||To discover the fey folk, the true fairy of the lore of old, we will travel from the high moorlands of Northumberland, Englandâs most northern and most sparsely populated county to the verdant hills and wild crags of southwest Ireland; from Scotlan||16 1 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Fans of myth and folklore, should listen in. Stories of the Otherworld of old Briton.
Fascinating gathering and re telling of source material and old folklore about the Fey Folk. No sparkling fairies or wishes granted with magic wands. A mysterious, beautiful but dangerous Otherworld hidden from human the eye, reached only by bad luck or stumbling through secret places of the land. If true misfortune befalls you, it may reach out for you.
A great production by someone with terrific enthusiasm and energy for her subject, and well worth the time spent listening. Generated and made solid so many ideas and fancies to do with old British folklore in my mind. Very much look forward to listening to her other productions and hopefully more to come, and to supporting her work.
Badly written and narrated. This podcast reports fairy stories as fact. Not even interesting fairy stories.
Is it just me, or do these stories make no sense? I'm trying really hard to follow the narrative but it just seems to trail off into the ether.