Two Danish Christmas DuEtS

Svend-Erik Engh has found a joy around the Danish Christmas after moving to Scotland. Suddenly all the traditions that we as Danes takes for granted, comes alive in the meeting with another culture. Tuesday 15th December 3pm UTC and Thursday 17th December 3 pmUTC Svend-Erik Engh with guests – dansk jul with all the tales,Continue reading “Two Danish Christmas DuEtS”

Virginia Bjertnes

devil town, two horns/two wishes, cow/horse/sheep, a kiss from a dead man Virginia and I holds the same story – we both moved to Scotland four years ago and we love our new country. Virginia is called by a new job to go to back to Schweitzerland. I am planning to stay here. Virginia startsContinue reading “Virginia Bjertnes”

Dougie Mackay

pigs and cows! Dougie is a holder of traditional Scottish storytelling and he brings vitality and joy into this tradition and it is always a uplifting experience to hear him tell some of the folktales from the country he loves so deeply. Dougie’s first story is about a pig and the name of a fairyContinue reading “Dougie Mackay”

Tim Porteus

a cow, Highlands, Audhumbla, stars, a giant! Tim Porteus is a wonderful storyteller from Edinburgh. He tells a story about a cow from the highland of Scotland. He misses the beauty of the highlands now in a lockdown. Svend-Erik shares a story of Audhumbla, the cow that gave milk to Ymer, the first giant. Svend-ErikContinue reading “Tim Porteus”

David Heathfield

the salt in the ocean and two wish stories David Heathfield tells a wonderful tale from South Korea about how the ocean became salty, Svend-Erik shares his danish version of the same tale, then a lovely story from Palestine where David has been working with some children around stories, then one more christmas tale aboutContinue reading “David Heathfield”

David Francis

soldiers, Napolean war and 1864 Dybbøl, Søren seaman, sailboat David Francis is a wonderful songwriter, musician and a true lover of Scottish traditional music and a good friend. In this DuEt David sings two songs and I tell two stories. David’s first song is about the Napolean war and that inspires me to tell aContinue reading “David Francis”

Charlie Menzies

a call for a walk, a dream, two ravens and two eagles! Charlie reveals his vision of a walk to Hamish, Svend-Erik tells about a dream he had when he was young and Charlie ends up telling about two ravens and two eagles.

Sahrinha Louise de Silva

soulsinger, a memory and another song! Sahrinha has just released a single called ‘I wanna love you’ – play it here! I was a secondary school teacher and one of my students was Sarinha. We haven’t met much during the years that has passed, but I have followed her career as one of Denmark’s bestContinue reading “Sahrinha Louise de Silva”

Jan Blake

a hunter, the crying willow trees, a dance and the full moon In the DuEt Jan Blake tells a story from Ghana about a hunter trying to get a tortoise to sing. Svend tells back a story from Swaziland. Then Svend-Erik surprises Jan with a piece of art inspired by the fact that Laurie AnderssonContinue reading “Jan Blake”

Simon Hodges

poems and a short story, Hafeez, John of the Cross, death, friends, Angus In this DuEt Simon Hodges explore some of the mystics. He recites beautifully Hafeez’ “A glass of wine” translated by Robert Blye and then he reads John of the Cross’ “The Dark Night” – you can find this poem here. Svend-Erik isContinue reading “Simon Hodges”

Donald Askey

an Icelandic saga and a Nordic Myth The DuEt starts with Donald then bringing a saga from Iceland about two poets and the King of Norway. That gives Svend-Erik the opportunity to tell the story of how the forest of Scotland vanished many years ago. Svend-Erik then tells a story from the Nordic gods. DonaldContinue reading “Donald Askey”

Mark Borthwick

a folktale and some legends Mark Borthwick – is in Blackpool, England in a one year residency collecting stories. I met Mark two years ago when he lived here in Edinburgh and it was a thrill to be told stories by this talented young man up at the Calton Hiill New Burial. Me and AliceContinue reading “Mark Borthwick”

Alice Fernbank

an improvisation, a short story and a drawing This DuEt with Alice Fenbank has several surprises for you. First an improvised story from Alice, then I talk about a book I once read, then one of my own stories, that I have not told Alice before and the end of the conversation is Alice showingContinue reading “Alice Fernbank”

Claire Hewitt

two folktales, a legend and a song Svend-Erik met Claire at the Storytelling Centre and we connected instantly. She told me that she lived in Aberfeldby and that there was a lot of storytellers up in that area. I had just got my Saltire Card, which means that I can drive for free in bussesContinue reading “Claire Hewitt”

Daniel Allison

folktales and a memory from travelling in Uganda One of my first meetings with Daniel Allison was at The Kilburn Garden Party 2018. He was telling stories in a little tent on a hillside. The warmth and the joy in his telling made us all forget about the wind and the rain. I knew IContinue reading “Daniel Allison”

Neil Sutcliffe

folktales, one of Svend’s own stories and some songs from Scotland I met Neil Sutcliffe in the summer 2017 on the island Lismore, when we both were performing at Taproot Festival. I saw this talented young accordion player and was truly fascinated. When Alice Fernbank and me needed a musician, Neil just stepped up andContinue reading “Neil Sutcliffe”