THE FAIRY TALE RENAISSANCE

The FAIRY TALE RENAISSANCE is an initiative aimed at positively challenging the notion that fairy tales are something to be abandoned in the nursery. These gutsy and spirited yarns, unbound by time and distance, are stuffed full of magic, mischief and abominable behaviour and manifest in countless versions and variants as they raise crucial questions about our relationship to ourselves, the natural world and the unexplainable.

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THE FAIRY TALE RENAISSANCE EVENTS

GLIMPSING THE GRIMMS

Tuesday 21st July 7.30pm ONLINE Talk    £2

Who were the Brothers Grimm? From where did their stories come?

Were they collectors and recorders of old wives' tales, innovative storytellers, cultural historians, promoters of German nationalism or purveyors of a subversive counter culture?

Part of Chris Brooks' series of talks on the history and evolution of folklore and fairy tales, this talk aims to shine light on these enigmatic brothers who have had an unparalleled influence on the world of storytelling.

GLIMPSING THE GRIMMS
2.00 GBP

Talk and discussion on the Brothers Grimm.

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BASILE'S TALE OF TALES - ONLINE STORYTELLING    £2

Tuesday 4th August 8pm

Frighteningly funny, hilariously scary, comically gruesome and all with a heart of the purest gold, the fairy tales of Giambattista Basile are all of these things and much more. Recorded two hundred years before the Grimms, the Neapolitan poet Basile's collection of fairy tales are a thousand moons in distance from the sugar-coated versions that most of us know today.

Chris Brooks presents a selection of Basile's most audacious fairy tales contained within Basil'e own frame narrative.

FOR GROWN-UPS ONLY!

BASILE'S TALE OF TALES
2.00 GBP

Online storytelling

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THE RULES OF ENCHANTMENT

TUESDAY 18th August 8pm ONLINE Talk    £2

Part of Chris Brooks' series of talks on the history and evolution of folklore and fairy tales.

Flying carpets and talking animals break the rules by which we live but perhaps that's what the rules are there for. To be broken! This talk subverts reality as it examines storytelling webs of enchantment from the Fairy Tale tradition.

THE RULES OF ENCHANTMENT
2.00 GBP

Talk and discussion.

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THE FACETIOUS NIGHTS OF STRAPAROLA - ONLINE STORYTELLING   £2

Tuesday 1st September 8pm

The Italian Giovanni Francesco Straparola is the Godfather of the European literary fairy tale tradition with his Facetious Nights being first prublished in the 1550s.  His tales are comical, bold, romantic and scary in equal measure and are as relevant today as they've ever been.

Chris Brooks presents a selection of Straparola's most adventurous tales contained within the Facetious Nights inventive frame narrative.   

FOR GROWN-UPS ONLY!

THE FACETIOUS NIGHTS
2.00 GBP

Online storytelling

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THE WISDOM OF FAIRY TALES COURSE - 8 week ONLINE course  £70

Commences MONDAY 14th September

Although few of us have regular cause to kiss a frog, fend off a ravenous wolf or rescue our offspring from the ovens of cannibalistic witches, life can often seem frustrating, difficult and laden with dangers. This course, designed and delivered by storyteller and educator Chris Brooks, journeys through a landscape shaped by fairy tales and folklore as it explores how the timeless wisdom of these stories can enhance the art of being, living and flourishing in the modern world. 

Themes explored through the many messages and motifs contained within fairy tales include handling change, connecting with the magical and confronting fears.

Timing: 7pm - 9pm each week.

To book visit www.creativeculturesw.com

THE TRUTH ABOUT GIANTS

TUESDAY 29th September 8pm ONLINE Talk  £2

Generally bad, often cannibalistic and consistently crueller than a Siberian winter, giants and ogres abound within the fairy tale tradition. But from where does our fascination with these larger than life characters come and should we still fear them?

Part of Chris Brooks' series of talks on the history and evolution of folklore and fairy tales.

THE TRUTH ABOUT GIANTS
2.00 GBP

Talk and discussion.

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON - THE FAIRY TALE OUTSIDER £4

Thursday 12th November 7.30pm @ ST THOMAS LIBRARY, EXETER

Part of Chris Brooks' series of talks on the evolution of folklore and fairy tales, this talk focusses on Hans Christian Anderson, author of such tales as The Snow Queen, The Tinder Box and The Emperor's New Clothes.

Anderson was not just a recorder of fairy tales but added and immersed his own original tales into the heart of the genre. But what made this storytelling genius and awkward outsider tick and how do so many of his stories, including  The Ugly Duckling and The Steadfast Tin Soldier, mirror Anderson's own uncomfortable life.

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