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A Russian folk tale of war, enslavement and liberation – a live recording of a Facts&Fiction 2022 benefit performance dedicated to storyteller Jill Lamède

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Videos are provided free to view.

If you want to download one, I can arrange that. Just send me a mail telling me which story you’d like, and your reason for wanting a download.

Popularised in Andrew Lang’s The Violet Fairy Book, this is Aarne-Thompson-Uther type 888, The Faithful Wife.

Prof. Ashliman includes it with five further examples.

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 or in my home studio.

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

Permission is granted for use in non-commercial educational contexts.

The videos are © Richard Martin.

Professionally recorded CDs and DVDs are available here.

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Permission to tell outlines my views on copyright

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