The Pleiades

A voyage of seven young people, and where it took them

For thousands of years we have looked up at the night sky and told tales about how the constellations came to be.
This beautiful Swedish tale (ATU 653, collected in the 19th century from Östergötland by Hyltén-Cavallius) is one such story.
It is from my translation of Per Gustavsson’s The Magic Pisspot: Swedish folk tales. I particularly like the slight change which Per has made to the decision-making at the end of this tale.

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This recording was made for the Mumbai Storytellers Society World Storytelling Day live Instagram broadcast on 20th March 2020, The theme for this year’s WSD is “Voyages”.

The other tale I recorded for WSD 2020 is a re-working of the great African folk tale, Why Cats Live with Women. This is for the German professional storytellers association, Verband der Erzählerinnen und Erzähler (VEE), our response online response to the coronavirus shutdown.
Listen to the entire VEE collection.


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.

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

The videos are © Richard Martin.

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