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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CLIVE PiG and CHRIS BROOKS present THE BROTHERS GRIMM UNCENSORED!
TUESDAY 3rd November 8pm - 9pm - ONLINE STORYTELLING £3.00
Messrs PiG and Brooks spin a selection of the Grimms' most outrageously dark and brutally scary tales.
ONLY SUITABLE FOR BIG PEOPLE WHO DON'T SCARE EASILY!
THE WOODS OF MODERNITY - WHERE THE WOLF LIVES TODAY?
TUESDAY 10th November 8pm ONLINE TALK £2.
The forests of folklore are dark places inhabited by those who are not exactly who they appear to be and in which it is easy to get lost. These forests may be shrinking but are the internet and the worlds of social media the new woods in which some of the old perils still lurk?
THE RUSSIAN FAIRY TALES OF ALEXANDER AFANASYEV
TUESDAY 24th November 8pm - 8.50pm ONLINE STORYTELLING £2.
Alexander Afanasyev's collection of nearly 600 Russian fairy tales rivals the Grimms as one of the greatest assembly of fairy stories ever put together. Chris Brooks tells a selection of the very best stories from this amazing collection featuring the ferocius Baba Yaga, a supernatural woman who lives in a house suspended on chicken legs.
ONLY SUITABLE FOR BIG PEOPLE!
SNOW WHITE UNCENSORED
TUESDAY 12th January 8pm - 8.50pm ONLINE STORYTELLING £2
Forget the sugar-coated Disney version as Chris Brooks tells the Grimms story of Snow White complete with its cannabalistic queen and deadly dancing shoes.
FOR BIG PEOPLE ONLY!
ATWOOD, CARTER AND THE BLUEBEARD ARCHETYPE
TUESDAY 24th January 8pm - 8.50pm ONLINE TALK £2
The murderous husband is one of the most unpleasant archetypes from the fairy tale tradition. Chris Brooks explores how modern writers including Maragaret Atwood and Angela Carter have reinterpreted these stories and given them a feminist slant.
THE CONTE DE FEES OF THE COMTESSES d'AULNOY
TUESDAY 9th February 8pm ONLINE STORYTELLING £2
Marie-Catherine d'Aulnoy didn't just record some of the richest literary fairy tales ever written she actually created the term Conte de Fees or Fairy Tales. Despite being a member of the aristocracy and close to the court of King Louis many of her stories are subversive and challenging to the conventions of the noble classes. Chris Brooks tells three of Madam d'Aulnoy's most remarkable stories.
FOR GROWN UPS ONLY!
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSON - THE FAIRY TALE OUTSIDER
Tuesday 16th March 2021 TALK @ TORQUAY MUSEUM
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.