In these uncertain, surreal days of illness and self-isolation
due to COVID-19 I found myself wondering what more I can do to help people get
through the long days. I felt that if ever there was a need for stories, then
this is it.
I have decided to do some rough, one-take stories of favourite folk
tales to post on Orkneyology.com. I must admit, they are rougher than I would
normally do, but I felt that speed was of importance. So, all the stumbles are
left in. This is not about showcasing my storytelling skills, but an attempt to
get stories out there for young and old as quickly as possible and at regular
intervals. It's not about 'me', it's about us.
These are stories that I don't
normally tell, as well as old favourites, and the lack of an audience is a great
miss. It is just me, alone in our library with a small recording device on a
cushion and with cars and vans driving past our house in the street outside.
hope you find something that you like and that it helps to get you through
the day. Please take care and stay safe.
You'll notice that the first titles are links. These lead to other pages on Orkneyology where the story was originally placed and where you can find more details.
All the other tales on this page are the rough and ready versions.
Not that long ago, traditional Orkney storytelling was breathing its last. Today, an acclaimed "little festival with a big heart" is going strong, welcoming storytellers from all over the globe. How did the storytelling revival begin, and how can you take part?
Books by Tom Muir - The Orcadian storyteller and folklorist tells traditional tales from his native Orkney Islands. His humorous delight comes through the stories. Tom wears another hat, as well - that of historian. Visit Orkneyology.com to discover Tom's world of stories.
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Mermaid image (Rhonda's pages) and storyteller image (Tom's pages), and all other illustrations except where noted are here by the courtesy of our dear friend - Stromness author, artist and historian, Bryce Wilson MBE, who owns all copyrights. Thanks, Bryce!
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