Folktales – more varieties than ice cream flavours

by Julie Pasqual | 1 May 2016

It is not uncommon for me to find a story from Europe that is almost identical to one from Asia.

It is not often that saying something is boring is a compliment but when I tell you that my upbringing was boring – I mean it in the best possible way. My parents stayed married, we lived in a home they owned and I had food on my plate (even though I was notorious for not eating it). Of course there were ups and downs – I hit adolescence as my Mom hit perimenopause, I had to wear ugly glasses until I was old enough to buy my own contacts and I have three older brothers (enough said there, right?).

But all in all they are not going to make a film or mini-series about the life and trials of Julie Pasqual, and I am certainly not going to stand up on a stage, or a classroom as a professional storyteller, and tell an epic tale about how I always wanted a canopy over my bed and didn’t get one (hence why I was so excited about mosquito netting over my cot while in Haiti – it was the closest I had come).

Luckily for me – and the audiences I unleash my tales on – I have folktales to share and all of them are A LOT more interesting than my own life (and again, I mean that in a really good way, all those people in the movies tend to do a lot of crying).

In a folktale animals talk, people find magical objects and mysteries are not solvable in one hour with commercials like a detective show on television.

To continue to read this article please login to your ISTA account

This article is for ISTA members only, if you would like to find out about becoming a member please contact us at office@ista.co.uk.