A night of magical myths ranging from tropical jungles to icy mountains that celebrate the diversity of the oral tradition. David takes us to the edge of darkness as he grapples with Death. Daniel explores heartbreak and terror through ancient Celtic legends. Barbecued husbands are dished out in Ana’s tribal tales from Brazil. Lovers from different worlds struggle to remain together in Martina’s rare Italian folktale.
Stories on the Edge of Dark
By David Novak (USA)
Why do we fear the dark? Is something there? Yes, the dark is there, and the dark is where we put everything we do not want to look at. David Novak shares two original stories inspired by darkness. No-See-Ums is a fireside story inspired by Native American tales of a blood-thirsty cannibal and the terrified people. Set in a tavern, Drinks with Death is a tale of a storyteller who must decide if he should walk with Death.
Daughter of King-Under-Wave
By Daniel Allison (Scotland)
The Daughter of King-Under-Wave is a tale of the Fianna, a legendary band of Celtic warriors who protected the shores of Scotland and Ireland long ago. Some believe it to be an early ancestor of the Arthurian stories of the Holy Grail. It is an adventure story full of beauty and terror, heartbreak and wonder, and is one of the central stories in Daniel’s forthcoming collection, ‘Finn & the Fianna’.
Ana Maria Lines (Brazil)
A collection of stories about wives that barbecue their husbands, heads that go wandering off in the night, a tribe formed only by women and a ferocious father. Travel to the Amazon rainforest upon a raft of traditional tribal tales and listen to mythical situations beyond imagination. Based on the anthology of Brazilian jungle myths collected by anthropologist Betty Mindlin.
The Pale Mountains
By Martina Pisciali (Italy)
A timeless love story between the princess in the moon and the king from the earthly realm. Both their worlds are so different and despite their deep love for each other it is unbearable to live in an alternate realm. A rare folktale from the northeastern ranges of Italy that describes the origin of the Dolomite Mountains.