GREAT WEBSITES OF INTEREST TO ALL STORYTELLERS
All the Andrew Lang books with full text of all the stories. Fabulous resource!
http://www.storyarts.org - Heather Forest's site
http://www.storytellingpower.com - Chris King's site (truly a useful site!)
http://www.storydynamics.com - Doug Lipman's site with great articles
http://www.storyteller.net - Sean Buvala's site with free articles and listings for storytellers
http://www.folktale.net - Tim Jenning's site with folktale openings and closings and other great advice!!
http://www.storyconnection.net - Dianne de Las Casas offers a Storyteller's Library and a
Storytelling Activities section.
http://www.onegecko.com/wikigecko/index.php? TellingStories is for links to stories &
http://www.otherpeoplesstories.com/archive.html It's called "Other People's Stories," and that's what it is-- folks who were so taken by somebody else's really good personal-experience type story that they have to tell it.
http://www.scbwi.org/pubs/scbwi_pubs/Children_Crisis.pdf . I came across this pdf file. It is a forty-seven page reference of books whose themes "stress tolerance, peace, unity, conflict resolution, methods of dealing with fear, historic perspectives of war, justice and retribution."
http://hem.fyristorg.com/kulturkemi/engindex.htm . You may already have visited Ulf's informative website. If not, do so to find out about the scene in Sweden.
It's a search engine that presents the results in a visual map. For anyone who gets on with mind maps better than lists, you might love this. It draws sites on the map, with various concepts linking them, and then offers various terms and phrases it finds as ways to refine your search. Not sure how good the results are, but the way they look is stunning! And you get a pensive genie while it's searching. You will need a browser that supports Flash - it's common now, unless you have a really ancient computer.
After our recent thread on Mr Fox, I put the phrase "Be bold be bold but not too bold" into google this morning. Some interesting versions came up, including this large website on north European folklore and folktales:
It does not seem terribly well designed (I had to shorten the address to find out exactly who had put the site together - anyone heard of the Stav Academy before?). And the folktales, which are my primary interest, are sometimes found in the "By Title" navigation page, and others are in the "Folk Tales" navigation page. Quite a lot of the image links are broken so possibly it is not actively maintained. But there is a LOT of fascinating material there, including some variants of tales.
From Tim Sheppard: I've been working very hard on building a webpage for information on the storytelling scene around the world, at least one aspect of it, having come across a rich but obscure vein of information that I felt storytellers should have access to. Compiling this page has led me to do lots more research of my own on the web, so I've discovered lots of further resources. The result is the Traditional Storytelling page, on my site at
It was very large, but has just got 50% bigger today. This page is dedicated to documenting the various forms of traditional storytelling, past and present, in all the countries around the world. So far there are over twenty countries covered - and probably none of these are ones that you know about so far. No country's traditions are comprehensively covered yet, I've just put in what I know so far. Because the old traditions of telling are often tied up with music, especially the bardic dimension of telling, and because the sources I've been pursuing are in that area, a lot of the information so far is about this bardic and music-associated area. But I shall be adding all and any information on storytelling traditions of a less elevated nature too, as I discover it - and your help will be very welcome with this: send me any snippets of information you have. If you have been to any country outside the UK and USA, and come across any kind of storytelling, traditional or otherwise, I really want to know the details of what is going on.
Passing these links along. I think they will be especially useful for English teachers and for those of you who do school residencies and want to find new ways to connect storytelling with curriculum.
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Here's a site I ran across while doing some research last week.
Learning Through Storytelling - Teaching With Storytelling
• Perhaps many on this listserve already know of this site, but it was a new discovery for me and I was completely charmed. These are folktales written by children and posted on the web. They're wonderful to read. I hope some of you find them as captivating as I do.
I belong to several that some of you might be interested (other than storytell the volume isn't too heavy):
CHILDREN'S ARTIST Listserv:
HEALING STORY Listserv:
SPECIAL POPULATIONS and ALTERNATIVE SETTINGS Listserv : The initial idea of the Roundtable called by NYSCA was to bring together arts groups who work with Special Populations and in Alternative Educational Settings. So far I have found good people involved with it, those who want to move forward and accomplish. People have been more than generous with their expertise and their time. The address for the listserv is:SPAESRoundtable@yahoogroups.comAt this point anyone can join in the conversation by subscribing to the listserv:ASSOCIATION of TEACHING ARTISTS. This is a listserv set up by the New York State Association of Teaching Artists - but may have some interest for others. Anyone can join in the conversation by subscribing to the listserv:
WORKING STORIES Listserv - explores organizational storytelling.
• This is a page of storytelling links on a site for lawyers
• Storytelling in the Classroom by Jeff Gere, Daniel Kelin II; Beth-Ann Kozlovich (2002)
This selection of classroom resources is useful for teachers seeking to develop literacy skills in elementary school students through storytelling. Information and classroom activities from three unique perspectives on speech and performance are included.
has a guided press release creator tool (first link in the text on this page) which willproduce a formatted press release. You can either print the formatted release or copyit into an email. (The formatting will be retained if you can send out formatted email.) You might also want/need to copy it into a word processing tool for final tweaks. I've found this helpful when sending out press releases this fall. Karen Wollscheid originally found this site and sent it out to the NSN Producers and Organizers Special Interest Group.
• From Armenia to Wales, Chinese New Year to Ramadan, it's all here. Great site especially to add some tidbits to your storytelling during the holidays.
• NCES - National Center for Educational Statistics
NCES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations. Contains listings for all (nearly) schools in your city with addresses and phone numbers, but no contact names.
• A couple of months ago Google made its new toy available:
Search through journal articles, abstracts and other scholarly literature
So if you search on 'storytelling' for instance you'll find lots of links to scholarly articles, citations, books etc. For instance
Encourage Collaboration Between Young Children
The great thing for researchers is that it even turns up citations to papers and books that are not online, and gives links to help find their offline home - eg. giving a library search for books.
While you're exploring you might like to look at http://labs.google.com/ - these labs are where google make their latest toys available before they are ready for full public roll-out. There are some great services, including personalised alerts to the latest web links on your favourite subject.
The number one place to find texts online is the Online Books page at
It doesn't archive all the texts, just provides links to where they are, and it's constantly updated with new additions. It compiles all the titles from Gutenberg and all the other archives, so it's a single point of reference. There's a new additions page for convenience, and of course a search page. There's also a foreign language page.
This is a goldmine for folktales, and there are hundreds of old out-of-copyright folklore books being added all the time. For instance just in the last two days these have appeared, amongst several others:
* http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/hbs/index.htm Heroic Ballads of Servia,
Translated Into English Verse (Boston: Sherman, French, and Company, 1913), ed. by George Rapall Noyes and Leonard Bacon (HTML at sacred-texts.com)
* <http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/kog/index.htm>The Key of Gold: 23 Czech Folk Tales,
• Here is a list of websites that allow kids to hear storytellers?
http://courses.unt.edu/efiga/GOWEST/ (I didn't listen to this one, so check it out for appropriateness.)
Mary Lee S.
• I'm onto a really good thing here:
I've been collecting the mp3 downloads for a few weeks now, and they're great! I've been keeping this as a little secret for myself, but with the arrival of the Little People's Band in Forestland I just have to let you all in on my weekly dose of fun. Features Sonovox! Unbreakable Vinylite Plastic!
• Children's Stories and Free Resources
Free child-safe educational resources, classroom worksheets, children's games and stories, activity ideas for children, teachers and parents.
• Compiled by the librarian and students of Sunrise Mountain High School, this incredible index of Folk and Fairy Tales lists stories by country of origin, story title and book title. If you are preparing a multicultural storytelling program this is the place to start!"
• You know me, I am always on the looking for terrific new websites. Thankfully, our own Mary Hamilton asked me to take a look at this one a while ago, before it was ready to go online. May, the fantastic lady who is responsible for the new resource, asked me to review it. To say I was amazed by the wealth of information available is an understatement.
Although there is a yearly subscription fee associated with using the site, in my opinion it is well worth the price. You can also try it out for 30 days free of charge. I plan on highlighting it in the next edition of Storytelling Magazine but thought I would give everyone a heads up. (see below) Enjoy!
Tales Online (http://www.talesunlimited.com ) is a unique searchable database of hard-to-find folktales, fairytales, myths, fables, legends and sagas from around the world. Enjoy a wealth of information, including the complete six volumes of the Stith Thompson's Motif Index, easily accessible in a user-friendly format. Each full-text tale has a summary, analysis, variant titles, and bibliographic and author or publisher notes as available.
An added feature is an "age appropriateness" rating that enables the user to screen tales for violence and adult content. Search through tales from over 60 countries, transcribed texts, and collections from Andrew Lang, George Dascent, Paul Radin and many others. Call 866-255-6252 to get a trial subscription, or visit the Tales Online website.
Introductory yearly individual subscriptions start at just $50.00 and the database is supported by administrative and technical staff under the direction of librarian May Brottman.
Karen C. 10/22/05
(This page created 9/3/07)