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Professional storyteller Amanda Kane-Smith brings the folktales of England to life. Each week after the story, Amanda interviews someone who has a connection with the story or place. Accompanied with music by folk musician Paul Sartin, all these stories are different, and will appeal to listeners young and old.

Test Valley Tales Podcast Merry-go-Round Storytelling

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Professional storyteller Amanda Kane-Smith brings the folktales of England to life. Each week after the story, Amanda interviews someone who has a connection with the story or place. Accompanied with music by folk musician Paul Sartin, all these stories are different, and will appeal to listeners young and old.

    Episode 4: The Deadman‘s Plack of Harewood Forest

    Episode 4: The Deadman‘s Plack of Harewood Forest

    In this episode I tell a historical tale full of deceit and murder based in Harewood Forest.


    'Halfway along The Middleway, which lies between Picket Twenty and Longparish, there is a small wooden stile hidden in the hedge. Climb over this stile and walk across the sloping field. At the top you will find a path; that will take you into Deadman’s Plack Copse. Here, as legend has it, the Saxon King, Edgar killed his friend Ethelwold while hunting for deer. All for love of the beautiful Elfrida.


    You’ll know you’ve found the spot because a grand monument has been built there.'


    The Deadman's Plack is a well known local legend which I feel is ripe for a retelling from a different perspective. So I have written it from Elfrida's point of view! 


    Elfreda’s life is littered with stories of her devious and cutthroat exploits, but that could be more to do with the fact that she was an ambitious woman living in a time when women rarely held positions of such power.


    I was so intrigued as to why the character of Elfrida was always painted in such a bad light, that I decided to dig a little deeper and as I did, I came across a wonderful book called ‘Elfrida: The First Crowned Queen of England’ written by Elizabeth Norton, so I was thrilled when Elizabeth agreed to be interviewed for this episode.


    There is a great interview after the story in which Elizabeth tells me about Elfrida and how the role of women at that time may have skewed our view of her. 


    This is a great episode for anyone interested in early English history, the role of women in history, or school projects about medieval history.


    The episode is accompanied with music by renowned folk musician Paul Sartin. 


    This story is part of Test Valley Tales.


    'Test Valley Tales' is an Arts Council Funded project and one of Test Valley Arts Foundation's Borough of Culture Legacy Projects. All the stories are set in the beautiful landscape of Test Valley which is in Hampshire in England.


    There is also an illustrated book of the all the stories which accompanies this podcast. This is available from my website. Please see link below.


    Hope you enjoy it!


     


    Story written by Amanda Kane-Smith, based on a traditional English folk tale.


    Podcast produced by Miles Kane-Smith.


    Music by Paul Sartin recorded at WildGoose Records in Wherwell.


     


    Test Valley Tales can be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as @testvalleytales.


    For more information please go to:


    www.merry-go-roundstorytelling.co.uk/testvalleytales

    • 40 min
    Episode 3: The Baker‘s Daughter of Amport

    Episode 3: The Baker‘s Daughter of Amport

    In this episode I tell a story based in the beautiful village of Amport.


    Based on an old English folk tale, 'The Baker's Daughter of Amport' tells the story of a baker’s daughter who pays a magical price for her lack of kindness.


    It’s a little bit spooky this one, so if you are listening with very young children it may not be the best episode for bedtime!


    Having said that, children do love a spooky tale!


    Versions of this tale date back to before Shakespearean times and is referenced by Shakespeare in Hamlet (Act 4 Scene 5) when Ophelia says:


    "……….They say the owl was a


    baker's daughter. Lord! we know what we are, but


    know not what we may be"


    So also a great listen for anyone studying or interested in Shakespeare.


    After the story I interview Tom Morath, from The Hawk Conservancy Trust which is also based in Amport. Tom tells me some fascinating facts about owls. There is also a surprise guest - Troy the Tawny owl who is also extremely chatty!!


    The episode is accompanied by music from renowned folk musician Paul Sartin and Hampshire Country Dance Tunes from the Pyle family manuscript of 1822.


    This story is part of Test Valley Tales.


    'Test Valley Tales' is an Arts Council Funded project and one of Test Valley Arts Foundation's Borough of Culture Legacy Projects. All the stories are set in the beautiful landscape of Test Valley which is in Hampshire in England.


    There is also an illustrated book of the all the stories which accompanies this podcast. This is available from my website. Please see link below.


    Hope you enjoy it!


     


    Story written by Amanda Kane-Smith, based on a traditional English folk tale.


    Podcast produced by Miles Kane-Smith.


    Music by Paul Sartin recorded at WildGoose Records in Wherwell.


     


    Test Valley Tales can be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as @testvalleytales.


    For more information please go to:


    www.merry-go-roundstorytelling.co.uk/testvalleytales


     


     

    • 38 min
    Episode 2: The Feuding Farmers of Harmony Woods

    Episode 2: The Feuding Farmers of Harmony Woods

    This is a brilliantly jolly tale with a great environmental message:

    'Can we really own a piece of land? And if the land could speak, what would she have to say about it?'

    When two farmers begin to fight over who owns a meadow, a small bog fairy has a very wise solution to solve their disagreement.

    This story is part of Test Valley Tales.

    'Test Valley Tales' is an Arts Council Funded project and one of Test Valley Arts Foundation's Borough of Culture Legacy Projects. All the stories are set in the beautiful landscape of Test Valley which is in Hampshire in England.

    There is also an illustrated book of the all the stories which accompanies this podcast. This is available from my website. Please see link below.

    After the story I interview the Wendy Davis the inspiration behind Harmony Woods where the story is set. For more information, see Andover Trees United.

    Accompanied by music from renowned folk musician Paul Sartin and Hampshire Country Dance Tunes from the Pyle family manuscript of 1822.

    Hope you enjoy it!

    Story written by Amanda Kane-Smith, based on a local legend.

    Podcast produced by Miles Kane-Smith.

    Music by Paul Sartin recorded at WildGoose Records.




    Test Valley Tales can be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as @testvalleytales.

    For more information please go to:

    www.merry-go-roundstorytelling.co.uk/testvalleytales

    • 35 min
    Episode 1: The Ghost Vicar of Vernham Dean

    Episode 1: The Ghost Vicar of Vernham Dean

    Hello, I'm Amanda.


    In this episode I retell a local ghost legend from Vernham Dean in Test Valley, set in the time of the plague.


    Legend says that the vicar, wracked with guilt, still haunts the old Roman road that leads to the top of Conholt Hill. But why is his ghost still there and what is his guilty secret?


    This story is suitable for children aged 7+ (although probably not best listened to before bedtime). Adults will enjoy listening any time of the day!


    After the story I interview the wonderful Jill Palmer, a local resident, about this and other stories from the area.


    Accompanied by music from renowned folk musician Paul Sartin, this is a fascinating episode full of historical facts and local folklore.


    Hope you enjoy it!


    'Test Valley Tales' is an Arts Council Funded project and one of Test Valley Arts Foundation's Borough of Culture Legacy Projects. All the stories are set in the beautiful landscape of Test Valley which is in Hampshire in England.


    There is also an illustrated book of the all the stories which accompanies this podcast. This is available from my website. Please see link below.


    Story written by Amanda Kane-Smith, based on a local legend.


    Podcast produced by Miles Kane-Smith.


    Music by Paul Sartin recorded at WildGoose Records.


     


    Test Valley Tales can be found on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter as @testvalleytales.


    For more information please go to:


    www.merry-go-roundstorytelling.co.uk/testvalleytales


     

    • 36 min

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bok37 ,

Brilliant, fun and informative

The whole family enjoyed listening to this and picking out details from our local area. Local walks will be much more exciting thinking about these stories when we are out and about!

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