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Singing Bones

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Singing Bones is a podcast that looks at the origin of fairy tales, the bare bones of stories. Follow the your favourite tales from their beginnings, discover new tales you've never heard, and re-discover stories you thought you knew.


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The Red Shoes
Illustration by Kay Nielsen  Hans Christian Andersen's classic and violent tale is looked at through the lens of the man who wrote it, and the 1948 film which changed the way we see it today. From Denmark to dance via the Devil we explore the iconic red footwear. Music by Kai Engel. To learn more about him and his wonderful music please check out Read the tale Previous Episodes 
Illustration by Kay Neilsen This week we look at the tale of the girl with the impossibly long hair, from it's ancient roots to the court of Louis XIV and the fascinating woman who recorded the version of the tale we know. Featuring Rapunzel expert Kate Forsyth author of the books Bitter Greens and The Re-birth of Rapunzel: A mythic biography. Music is by Kai EngelLearn more about Kate Forsyth and her books hereRead Terri Windling's amazing essay on Rapunzel here   Read the tales
The Wild Swans
Illustration by Jennie Harbour The story of a girl who saves her brothers from a curse that turns them into swans is older than you think. Swan have been symbols of royalty, purity, and love in many cultures. Here we trace the stories of people who transform from swans to humans from Ireland to Japan, Norway to Russia. Find out about Clare's show West of The Moon at Read The Tales   
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Jan 18th, 2016
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Jul 20th, 2017
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