An experiential storytelling podcast, featuring immersive soundscapes and truly original short stories written, narrated, and produced by Scottish poet Cal Bannerman. Learn about the history of storytelling in mid-month miniseries The Wandering Bard, or escape your daily stresses with one of Cal's queer-focused fantasy, historical, supernatural and science fiction stand-alone stories. Episodes range from 15-90 minutes long, and are aimed at an adult audience. Original artwork by Anna Ferrara.
Minisode 7 - The Merwife of Shetland
In the Stories from the Hearth minisodes, Calum reads a classic story from the public domain - be it fable, fairy-tale, legend or moral; European, or International. In minisode seven, they read their very own, original version of 'The Merwife of Shetland', an ancient folktale regarding the seal-people (or selkies) of the seas surrounding Scotland.
Modest Mussorgsky and the Lonely Soldier (Historical Romance) - Story #10
Ludoslaw Dragon is a lonely drunk. Ludoslaw Dragon has a hole in his heart. Ludoslaw Dragon has disappeared... In the aftermath of World War Two, a once-picturesque Polish town hides a dark secret beneath its air-raid rubble. A photograph of a young pianist is found among Ludoslaw's clothes. A heart-breaking love affair comes to the surface.
Chinese Shadow Puppets - TWB S2 E3
By flickering candlelight, Chinese storytellers have been telling tales with exquisite, colourful shadow puppets for over two-thousand years. Surviving war, famine, regime changes and revolutions, this is one of the world's oldest and most intricate storytelling traditions. I look at the music, singing, and puppetry of the artform, the training its mastery requires, why it has a decentralized, anarchist structure, how it survived its tumultuous history, and what a future version of Chinese shadow puppetry might look like.
Caveworm: 2/2 (Fantasy Drama) - Story #9
Reaching the elven town of Eldritch, it soon became clear to Lucky the troll that their kind was unwanted. Now, Lucky is set to face an even greater threat: a sect of zealous mages whose singular purpose is to bring about the extinction of the trollish race. Where has Lucky's sister-in-law Diaphony Le Viol disappeared to? How will trollish pacifism stand up to elven aggression? Find out how this family-friendly, queer fantasy epic concludes in Caveworm: Part Two. (This episode is part 2 of 2)
West African Griots - TWB S2 E2
In West Africa, speech goes deeper than just communication - the spoken word is imbued with the natural power to create and to give life. For centuries, West African storytellers the griots have been advisors to kings and emperors, village elders and tribal chiefs. They have served as walking libraries, fonts of all knowledge, "the memory of humankind". And whilst the brutal slave trade of the 16th-19th centuries did its best to destroy West African culture, the legacy of the griots lives on in hip-hop, poetry and activism to this very day.
Caveworm: 1/2 (Fantasy Drama) - Story #9
Lucky is the unluckiest troll in the Hole: a massive cave system which has provided sanctuary for trolls like Lucky since his great-great-great-grandpappy Grimblade's time. But now there's a newcomer - Lucky's sister has married an elven woman - and with the elf's arrival, the peace between trolls and the outside world threatens to come crashing down. (This episode is part 1 of 2)