Janet has always been interested in the background to stories, how they came to be, and how they link to similar and different stories. Based upon her extensive research and repertoire of stories she integrate stories into “Talks and Tales.”
These have been featured at places as diverse as the University of Chichester Fairy and Folk Tale Lectures series, the Folklore Society Tradition and Legends weekends, Sidmouth Folk Week ( their resident storyteller for 20+years) the Women’s Institute as well as a business women’s meeting in the City of London.
These are aimed at an adult audience and not suitable for under 14 year olds.
They can be delivered as performance, lecture or even as an after dinner talk!
They last from 45 – 75 mins depending on your programme
Healing Words: storytelling as a pathway to peace
Experiences in Israel and Palestine using storytelling to bring communities together
Gender Fluidity in Folktales
Changing sex and marriage between women are as old as time itself
Sex, lies and videotape: the Brothers Grimm Experience
How they cleaned up the stories, and what Disney did next!
From King Lear to Cinderella
Tracing the path of the glass slipper, an incestuous father, and some magical bones
Fierce and fearless
Women’s role in traditional stories, where they don’t need rescuing
The Secret Life of Red Riding Hood
The different forms and varieties of Red Riding Hood- from the cautionary tale in the woods to the boudoirs of the Sun King, and the odd werewolf
Naming the Green Man of the Medieval Church
Stories and scholarship based on my essay that won the Folklore Society McDowall Award in 2010
When Giants Dance
The exploits of the Graund Order of Guisers and a brief history of Processional Giants in Europe.