The stories I have included and will include here are both original short stories of my own and my re-tellings of traditional stories. Many of the stories will be ones which I have told many times during my storytelling tours in schools, theatres, cafes and streets.

I have worked as a storyteller and storymaker with approximately 50,000 people in about 20 countries in the last 19 years.

I now want to spend a bit of time writing down the stories I have been telling and offering them to other people to use if they would like to do so. In many cases I will be writing down the stories for the first time…I may have told them a hundred times.

The key effect of all this experience in oral storytelling is that my story texts are very much transcriptions of an orally delivered text. This is a very different medium to the written story. I hope you will not mind my asserting that this oral story transcription of the stories makes them a very genuine alternative to the normal written medium versions of the story.

Perhaps I should write an article about the difference between the language used in an oral telling and in a written telling…just in case you are interested…in fact…please tell me if you would like me to do this.

Of course the written form of the story is not the same medium as the spoken form but I will do my best to retain the words even if I cannot include the range of meanings contributed by the voice and by the body.

I may make some suggestions about which stories go down well with particular ages of students and also may add some ideas for activities. However, my main aim is to share with you my stories and leave it to you to decide whether you want to use them and with whom.

I do hope you like them…Let me know what you think.

Sometimes the wordpress gremlin stops people accessing the stories by clicking on the titles in the list below. If this happens please try the sidebar, instead.

If you find any stories which I have not yet edited ie with funny line breaks please tell me…I THINK I have done them all.



Traditional stories

Seal Wife
Beauty and the Beast
She Who is All Alone
Midas and His Touch of Gold
The White woman from Rosenegg
The Wolf and the Crane

Teaching stories

The ants and the grasshopper
The Flies and the Bees
Argos and Athens
Mouse, the Bravest Animal
The Wolf and the Crane
I Want to Play
The Rooster and the Fox

A Man and his Son and their Donkey
The Donkey and the Lion
Mouse the Bravest Animal

A Tao Story

The Cat, the Mouse and the Rooster

Urban myths

Harley Davidson

Kit Kat

The disco and the jacket

Babysitter’s Horror Story
The Kangaroo and the Jacket
The Hairy Hand
A Horror Story
Jogger in New York


Harold and Huwi

Life stories

My father’s last days

Golden Oriole

Stiff Upper Lip

Kormi – story and activities

The Barking Parrot



A woman’s fairy story


Sissy’s Ring

You’ve got a magpie on your back


7 Responses to “Stories”

  1. 1 Susan Hillyard December 22, 2006 at 12:51 pm

    Hi, agin!
    Can’t leave!
    Am waiting in anticipation…….
    Susan H

  2. 2 supershaun January 19, 2007 at 11:25 am

    Dear Andrew
    I liked the stories so much. Thanks for publishing them
    I hope to use some of them with my students
    My fav. is the Harley Davidson. I had a chuckle
    Shaun (Brazil)

  3. 3 andrewarticlesandstories February 5, 2007 at 10:23 am

    Dear All of You
    Please do tell me which stories you particularly liked and what you might do with them.
    And tell me anything else you would like to tell me about stories…and might hope to get out of this stie.
    Best wishes for your storytelling

  4. 4 jenny October 8, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I like the sotries and I am going to use them with my students. I would like you to write the article with the difference between oral telling and written telling. Thank you

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