Tag Archives: Tales told in tents

Learning ethics through stories

I have not written for ages, as we have been moving house. And it nearly didn’t happen. We have been utterly lost in a world where the tempting possibility of more and more money turns ordinary people into greedy ogres. There are no laws in this world to prevent people from behaving like ogres, being […]

Taking Tales Told in Tents into a primary school

Heathfield Junior School, Twickenham, are doing a month long project with year 4 pupils based on my book Tales Told in Tents (illustrated by Sophie Herxheimer and published by Frances Lincoln (2004). They will write and tell stories and learn about Central Asian cultures. I visited the school through Authors Aloud. I took with me […]

Zarina’s Orchard comes to life

Sussed Theatre Company asked if they could use my story ‘Zarina’s Orchard’ from Tales Told in Tents, to create a play with a community theatre group based at Sidlesham School. Sussed used the story as a starting point to: research Central Asian music and dance; improvise scenes, develop characters and invent dialogue; write a song, […]

Spoken Word – Living Sound

On Sunday 6 March I will be performing Zarina’s Orchard with the wonderful early music band Joglaresa at Turner Simms Concert Hall, Southampton. Joglaresa, and their director Belinda Sykes, play an enchanting repertoire of early music from the Middle Eastern and Mediterranean. In traditional culture, the storyteller usually accompanies themselves with a stringed instrument or […]