The Shoemaker and the Elves

A Christmas tale from the Brothers Grimm

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Today, just before Christmas, my friend John Rogers and I had the pleasure of telling in India – online but live – for the Bakul Foundation. Together we presented Germany – the country we two Englishmen both live in.

Looking for a suitable tale, this tale found me (and that happens surprisingly often to us storytellers, especially those of us on the Storytell listserv). I had long known the story, but today was the first time I told it. So a few hours before telling it live to the children in India, I made this recording.


The video in the video gallery are all amateur quality, shot in various theatres or, as here, recorded 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