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”

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.

2 x Mairi Campbell

1+2 – impro and stories – song, stories and a tune The first DuEt have five parts: Mairi improvise, I tell a story from the northern Canada as a response to the sounds in the improvisation, then I tell a story from Namibia honouring Unity Oliver, an actress from Namibia. The grandmother is dancing andContinue reading “2 x Mairi Campbell”

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”

In Danish, Kasper Schulz

en Schulz historie, lidt erindringer og en sav Jeg mødte Kasper på Kulcaféen i København engang i halvfemserne, hvor han arrangerede fortælleaftner. Han var en vild fætter, altid fuld af uforudsigelige og vidunderligt fabulerende indfald. Senere dukkede han op under bøgetræets krone i København og spillede på sine trommer. Det er der billeder af –Continue reading “In Danish, Kasper Schulz”

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”