Elinor Benjamin, Storyteller

Work in schools
Stories I tell
Rune Words
Reiko's Story

One woman shows:

2018 - Words you were meant to hear

2017 - Desperate Housewives of the Middle Ages

2016Cousin Silas and the Moose Woman

Photo of Elinor in what she is sure a fairy dell in France


I love the old stories: the fairy tales, the folktales and myths. I love the way they are both ancient and modern. These stories are older than written history. Some people say that fairy or folktales are the voices of our ancestors whispering to us. We humans have not changed so much in the period since we have been collecting stories. They have something to tell us.

They whisper that the world is a vast and frightening place, that we must learn to conquer our fears, seek our fortune, find someone to love. They assure us that love turns anyone into a prince or princess. They offer wisdom on our journey through life. They also teach us that, no matter where on earth we live, we all have the same wishes.

The wisdom of the old stories gives us courage when we are young and comfort when we grow old.

Stories are for everyone. They entertain and nourish us on more levels than we know.

Listen to a story recorded at a Women's Shelter Fundraising concert at the Arts and Culture Centre in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. I spent the "Halifax Snow Days" of 2015 assembling and converting a number of VHS "field" recordings including the one below.

The Fairy Wife 2001

To view more of these old field recordings, visit my playlist.

Jan 2020

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