Welcome to Ravens' Tales
Myths and Legends, folk tales and other stories from times past .
Ravens' Tales? Who? What?
Hello, and welcome to Ravens' Tales.
My name is Jacky, and I come to adults, to children and to families at events, schools, libraries, parties and other locations to tell tales in accurate period costume.
I bring all the drama and excitement of the deeds of gods, monsters and heroes to life with tales from the past,
I entertain, boost imaginations, open up new ways of thinking, provoke thought and discussion, inspire creativity, and help make days out fun for all ages.
I have a huge repertoire of ancient Egyptian, ancient Greek, Norse (Viking), and Saxon myths and legends, and a deep understanding of their cultural bases.
I also tell Mediæval stories, Arthurian legends, and stories from Chaucer, and traditional tales told in Victorian or Georgian costume.
Perhaps you're looking for "scary stories" told by the Mysterious Stranger; there are both adults' & children's versions.
"Jacky came to the library & enthralled the children with her scary Victorian tales! ...I can't wait to have her back again!"
- Liz Hough,Team Lead: children & young people at Newcastle-under-Lyme Library, Staffs.
Want a different period? Roman and Celtic/Iron Age stories and costumes are currently under development, and could be available for your event if I have plenty of notice.
Adults and more mature young people often like to discuss the deeper levels of myth, examining archetypes and looking at the cultural reasons for seeing the world in a particular way.
This type of storytelling and discussion is popular at adult social clubs, spiritual development groups, and for school and college Classics societies and lessons.
"Fantastic! A real crowd pleaser!" - Elise, entertainment organiser, Hope Show (near Castleton, Derbyshire)
Why are we called Ravens' Tales"?
In Norse and Saxon myth, the god Odin or Wotan had two ravens, called Huginn and Muninn ("Thought and Memory"), who brought him back news of all the doings of Men and Giants, Elves, Dwarfs and monsters, throughout all the Nine Worlds.
In Greek myth, the raven was also the bearer of news.
To the Celts, ravens were the birds of prophecy and omen, and were associated with Bran the Blessed and with the battle goddess The Morrigan .
The list goes on, but, always, ravens tell stories, and I will do my best to entertain and inform you with their tales.