The Wood of One Hundred Oaks

A Tuscan fairy tale showing the strength which comes from the smile of the one you love

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The rich collections Italian Folktales (Italo Calvino, 1956) and Novelle popolari toscane (Giuseppe Pietrè, 1885) show how many Italian fairy tales share the motifs in this story. Another example is Sack of Truth.

My thanks to my sister and her friend Rossane for helping me track down these sources.


The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres or, as here, in my home studio.

Their intention is just to show the range of my storytelling and give a flavour of a live performance.

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For those who are teachers: Telling stories in the classroom: basing language teaching on storytelling