Real Nightingales

Real Nightingales

Lately I’ve been using WonderLit to explore the Anderson story, The Emperor and the Nightingale. You might remember that the story is about a nightingale who is captured and taken to the palace of the Emperor of China. She has a voice of unparalleled beauty and when...
Speaking with Hansel and Gretel

Speaking with Hansel and Gretel

At the Storytellers of Canada conference in Peterborough this month, Mark Jenkins and I had the privilege of spending the day with a fabulous group of storytellers and exploring the ‘thresholds’ in our fairy tales and lives. As we led the group through the universal...
Moving With Melusine

Moving With Melusine

In the past few weeks I’ve been very much engaged with the French legend of Melusine, which we’re exploring in the Threads workshop series this year. The story has haunted me for over a decade. Back in 2002, after writing How to Ride a Dragon, I became fascinated by...
The Fish Girl

The Fish Girl

I’m doing something a little different and posting a video blog, inspired by my dear friend Jean Sheppard who did the most extraordinary thing on my birthday. I was so overcome that I sat myself down in front of the camera to tell the story of why Jean’s...
Out of Register

Out of Register

I had a dream the other night that was in a gym watching a lean young man stretching his thighs. I had x-ray vision and could see that his right thigh bone was weaker and thinner than the left. He was holding a heavy weight while doing the stretch, and putting...

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