The Fairy Tale Atlas

 

As well as running workshops in Sussex, I teach an online course on fairy tales and storytelling with the Hedge School, entitled The Fairy Tale Atlas.

This twelve week, interactive course is an exploration of the fairy tale and its resonance and ramifications in today’s changing world. The 2019 spring course begins on March 30th.

It is very difficult, in our rapid world, to hold space to encounter, process, and digest stories, even stories endemic to our culture. The course is an introduction to talking with fairy tales. It aims to hold a conversation both about and with the old tales, and think about telling and re-telling tales in ways that speak to both their and our complexities, and explores their ancient and modern role in guiding us along the map of life on earth.

The course is relevant to anyone with a genuine interest in fairy tales, whether long time folk reader or curious beginner. No previous experience is necessary, but a willingness to take fairy tales seriously in their dual complexity of light-hearted entertainment and sacred art is vital. Relevant for teachers, storytellers, artists, parents or readers, it is a course that provides space for you to think differently, creatively and independently about these ancient building blocks of folk culture, and opens a door to fluency in the language of the fabulous.