Candle in the Barn

A beautiful wisdom tale

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It is a tale told in many variants. A 2023 discussion of the story on Storytell pointed to versions from Ireland, England, Ethiopia/Jewish, France, Italy, Germany, Russia, the Philippines and India.

Pomme Clayton, a UK storyteller, tells it with the song. The kiss (as far as I know) is my own.

The recording was made in Saxony-Anhalt as part of the 105th English Weekend, organised by the indefatigable Lothar Rummel. Since the 1990s, Anglophiles from all walks of life, ages and language abilities have been coming together to enjoy using their English.

More deep tales

The video gallery has become very extensive. So if you would enjoy more tales like this which explore the depths of the human psyche, here are a few suggestions.



The video clips here are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres.

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

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