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”

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”

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”

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”

In Danish, Jens Peter Madsen

erindringer på dansk I DuEtTeN føres vi ind i det okkulte. Jens Peter boede i en lejlighed i Odense, hvor det trak på gulvet, uhhhh, og ved slutningen af den historie føler Svend-Erik, at det trækker på gulvet i Edinburgh, der hvor han bor nu. Svend-Erik fortæller inspireret af den historie, hvordan Jannik fik enContinue reading “In Danish, Jens Peter Madsen”

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”

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”

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”