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Lore and Legend : Tales From Our Mythic Past

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Welcome to Lore & Legend - telling stories the way they're meant to be told! Lore and Legend combines the magic of myth, legend and folklore with the power of Traditional Storytelling and Audio Drama in one dynamic show. Drawing on world folklore and mythology, each new podcast series explores a new… read more

73 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

Why The Sea Is Salt · With Kirsten Millikin

April 21st, 2022


We’re hearing a story today from Kirsten Millikin, a Scottish storyteller specialising in myths, legends and folktales from Norse and Celtic nations.

Saints & Witches · With Suzanne & Jake Tumnus

March 24th, 2022


Today on the podcast I’m joined by Suzanne & Jake Tumnus, a bardic storytelling duo who blend stories and music to take you to a place where …

The Devil In A Nut · With Maria Credali

February 24th, 2022


Our guest today on the podcast is Maria Credali, a storyteller based in the Midlands here in the United Kingdom. Maria has a love for love stories and romantic heroes and heroines, which made her a great choice for our …

The Flea & The Forgotten Fairytellers · With Nicholas Jubber

January 27th, 2022


We're talking to Nicholas Jubber, a travel writer with a passion for the history of storytelling, and the evolution of myths and fairytales all over …

The Knights Who Stole Christmas · Christmas Special · Part IV

December 23rd, 2021


King Arthur's festive merriment is disturbed by the revelation that someone has been stealing from his Treasury, and have left behind an unfortunate gift...

Welcome to the 2021 Christmas Special, Part 4 of 4. Featuring …

The Hunting of the Wren · Christmas Special · Part III

December 22nd, 2021


A repentant brigand, St. Maughold lands on the Isle of Man, and finds the Island is ruled by one of the Old Gods, the Fey Queen known as Tehi Tegi...

The Eagle & The Wren · Christmas Special · Part II

December 21st, 2021


When God created the world, he decided that the Kingdom of Birds requires a Monarch. The mighty Eagle finds he has an unlikely contender for the crown... 

Welcome to the 2021 Christmas Special, Part 2 of 4. 

Lore & …

The Knight & The Cherry Tree · Christmas Special · Part I

December 20th, 2021


A Knight famed for his generosity and for his Christmas feasts falls on hard times and is left with nothing.  Until a miracle occurs...

Welcome to the 2021 Christmas Special, Part 1 of 4. 

Lore & Legend Themes by …

The Story of a Sparrow · With Chris Sissons

November 25th, 2021


Today we talk to Chris Sissons, a Local Marketing Coach and regular at Sheffield's Story Forge club.  Chris is the creator of Telling Stories: Making …

Three Wondrous Beggars · Halloween Special · Part III

October 31st, 2021


There once lived a  hard-hearted merchant who could not stand poor people, and would set his dogs on any who came to his sight.
  Then one evening, …

The Three Snake Leaves · Halloween Special · Part II

October 30th, 2021


There was once a King's daughter who had made a vow: to marry no one who would not promise her that if she died first, he would allow himself to be …

Three Surgeons · Halloween Special · Part I

October 29th, 2021


Once, there were three surgeons who believed that had achieved perfect mastery of the surgical arts.

And these three surgeons came one day to an inn where they wished to stay the night...

Welcome to Part 1 of the Lore …

The Makers of Dreams · With Daniel Allison

September 9th, 2021


Daniel Allison is an USA Today bestselling author, oral storyteller, podcaster and coach from Scotland. His podcast, House of Legends, features a mix …

The Tale of Wem the Dog · With Jake Evans

August 5th, 2021


Our story today is from Jake Evans, from Sutton Farm in Shropshire, a storyteller with a bottomless appetite for potent stories and adventures! Jake is passionate about the natural world, and his stories are inspired by …

Carys Nant Carfan · With Tamar Williams

July 8th, 2021


Today we’re talking to storyteller Tamar Williams, who tells the tale of Carys Nant Carfan. Tamar is a bilingual storyteller, telling stories in …

Tales of the River Severn · With Amy Douglas

June 3rd, 2021


Amy Douglas shares with us a series of tales of the River Severn - the longest river in Great Britain,  which flows from the Cambrian Mountains of Wales through the counties of Shropshire, Worcestershire and …

The Black Prince · With Kat Quatermass · Valentine's Day Special

February 14th, 2021


Kat Quatermass tells The Black Prince, the tale of a young boy who sacrifices the wrong things in pursuit of his beloved's heart, from her 2011 show …

Lore & Legend in 2021

January 4th, 2021


Thank you for listening in 2020!  Lore & Legend is going on a break before getting started on a new series.  But never fear - we shall return. Contact us at: to let us know what we're …

The Dream of the Fates · S2E12

December 17th, 2020


The  hero Odysseus has travelled over the edge of the world, through the  lands of the dead, and even crossed the very gates of dream. But has his  day of reckoning finally arrived? 

This episode of Lore & Legend …

Hex the Moon · S2E11

December 10th, 2020


On  the Isle of Aeaea, the goddess Circe relates the tragic history of the  sorceress Medea, and the misfortune she brought down on her head when  she dared to cast a hex upon the moon... 
This episode of Lore & …

The General's Dream · S2E10

December 3rd, 2020


Odysseus  reflects on his deadly rivalry with Palamedes, one of the Warlord Agamemnon's most skilful generals on the fields of Troy.  

This episode …

The Birth of Serpents · S2E9

November 26th, 2020


The  bloody history of the  House of Atreus culminates with a son's murder  of his mother.  Now the fate of humanity is in the hands of Olympus and …

S2E8 · Postscript

November 20th, 2020


When Odysseus left for the mountains, Phorkys left his cave and his harbour, and dove down into the depths of the dark sea; and in a trice, he …

The God of Monsters · S2E8

November 19th, 2020


Content Warning: Trauma, Violence re: Non-binary & Trans - Please listen to CW at the start. Story of Agdistis Timestamp: 20:00 to 27:00.

On the …

Pod Talk: Update for Storyfolk

November 17th, 2020


An update on the podcast for our listeners.

Find out more about Michael Levy's new album of dream-inspired lyre music here:

Check out storyteller Jason Buck's …

The Cannibal King's Daughter · Halloween Special · Part II

October 30th, 2020


Content Warning: Horror, Body Horror, Sexual Violence, Rape, Disturbing Sounds & Scenes

 Join us for the second of our Halloween specials this …

The Dream Eater · With Jason Buck · Halloween Special · Part I

October 29th, 2020


Hello and welcome, to the 2020 Lore & Legend Halloween Special!

In this episode, special guest storyteller Jason Buck brings us his original chilling interpretation from Japanese legend, in a tale about the …

The Dreams of Kings · S2E6

October 22nd, 2020


There  was an Aged King who ruled over the Kingdom of Ithaca in the the time  when the Age of Heroes was coming to an end.  In the night he was …

The Hero's Dream · S2E5

October 15th, 2020


Exiled from his native Corinth, Bellerophon is given a hero's task: slay the mighty Chimera. But do the gods really believe in Bellerophon? And can he really believe in them?

This episode of Lore & Legend comes to …

The Healer's Dream · S2E4

September 30th, 2020


In the City of Corinth, a traveller approaches the steps of a temple to an  unfamiliar god. What is the story of the divine physician Asclepius,  and …

The Drowned King · S2E3

September 17th, 2020


King  Ceyx set his ship upon the ocean despite his wife's warning. Every day,  Queen Alkyone climbed the steps of the temple and begged the gods to  send her husband home to her... 

This series of Lore & Legend is …

Penelope's Dream · Part 2 · S2E2b

September 10th, 2020


On Ithaca, Queen Penelope's ruse of weaving and unweaving the shroud has been discovered. But just when it seems she will be forced to submit to one of her tormentors, a mysterious stranger appears in her halls... This …

Penelope's Dream · Part 1 · S2E2a

September 3rd, 2020


On a distant, storm-swept island, the dream-haunted Queen Penelope must defend her home from the ravages of pirates and thieves, and save her son from an untimely death. This series of Lore & Legend is called ‘The …

The Dream of Endymion · S2E1

August 20th, 2020


In ancient days when the human race was young, the story is told that  there was a youth called Endymion, a Shepherd Prince, who fell in love with …

The Lord of Dreams · Prologue IV

August 6th, 2020


The  Lord of Dreams is the final of four 'mini-episodes' or prologues to  our second season of Lore & Legend, which focuses on  Greek  mythology. …

The Warlord's Dream · Prologue III

July 30th, 2020


The Warlord's Dream is the third of four 'mini-episodes' or prologues to our second season of Lore & Legend, which focuses on  Greek mythology. …

The Binding of Cassandra · Prologue II

July 23rd, 2020


CW: Disturbing scenes, violence against women & implied sexual threat 

The Binding of Cassandra is the second of four 'mini-episodes' or …

The Dreaming Pit · S2 Prologue P1

July 16th, 2020


Go to to see this episode as an illustrated special with original artwork by Rick Scott.
The Dreaming Pit …

Sir Berengier of the Long Arse · With Daisy Black

June 11th, 2020


Daisy Black tells a French Comic fable from the middle ages. Daisy is a medievalist, storymaker, theatre director, folk dance teacher and one of the …

The Kelpie's Bridle · With Jason Buck

May 14th, 2020


Rick talks to storyteller Jason Buck. Jason specialises in dark fairytales that blend dark magic and uplifting love themes. He has performed across the UK and mainland Europe, blending traditional and contemporary …

Lore Talk | Legends of the Blue Rose · S2EA

April 23rd, 2020


Rick and Seb discuss the folklore of blue roses and share two Legends of the Blue Rose.  They also look ahead to Season 2, with some suggestions for …

When Truth Met Story · With Graham Langley

March 26th, 2020


Meet Rick's storytelling mentor, Graham Langley, who shares a feast of stories with us today, including the tale of Turondot, the sagas of Enoch and Eli, and what really happened When Truth Met Story.  Graham is a …

Good Stories for Hard Times - The Modern Decameron

March 19th, 2020


In Boccaccio's 14th century story collection, ‘the Decameron’, a group of friends hunkered down in a villa to wait out the plague. They passed the …

The Blue Rose · Valentine's Day Special

February 14th, 2020


A  war-weary King unexpectedly finds a Queen and soulmate.  But when  tragedy befalls them, what unhallowed powers will he turn to in his  quest to …

Steel City Tales · With Simon Heywood

January 30th, 2020


Simon Heywood shares the tales of a ghoulish Barghest that stalked Lore & Legend's home city of Sheffield (the UK's 'Steel City'), and a blind …

A Message for New Year

January 2nd, 2020


A Seasonal message from the Lore and Legend team.


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The Green Knight · Christmas Special · Part III

December 20th, 2019


At  the Christmas Feast in the Court of King Arthur,  none may touch a  morsel of food or drink before some wondrous tale is told, or some …

The Christmas Coals · Christmas Special · Part II

December 19th, 2019


At  the Christmas Feast in the Court of King Arthur,  none may touch a  morsel of food or drink before some wondrous tale is told, or some …

A Taste of Honey · Christmas Special · Part I

December 18th, 2019


At  the Christmas Feast in the Court of King Arthur,  none may touch a  morsel of food or drink before some wondrous tale is told, or some …

The Silent Drummer Boy · With Carmel Page

December 5th, 2019


Storyteller  Carmel Page discusses her work as children's storyteller, her new book Yorkshire Folktales for Children, and performs a story inspired …

Bonus: The Legend of Humphrey's Head

November 15th, 2019


This is a preview of our first downloadable bonus episode, The Legend of Humphrey's Head. Bonus episodes can be downloaded from our Gumroad page:

These download episodes are available …

The Last Wolf · With Sara Pearl

November 14th, 2019


A slightly different episode this week, as writer Sara Pearl performs a story based on English folklore that tells the tale of England's Last Wolf - …

Lore Talk | Of Lisa and Lady Isabel · S1EB · Part 3

November 13th, 2019


In  these episodes, we’re discussing the lore behind our tales and the   creative decisions we made telling them. In Part 3, ‘Of Lisa and Lady …

Lore Talk | Of Parrots and Porridge Wands · S1EB · Part 2

November 12th, 2019


In these episodes, we’re discussing the lore behind our tales and the  creative decisions we made telling them. In Part 2, ‘Of Parrots and Porridge Wands’, we tackle some lingering questions we had about some of our …

Lore Talk | Of Warlocks and Will 'O Wisps · S1EB · Part 1

November 11th, 2019


Welcome to our second Lore Talk episode. In these episodes, we’re discussing the lore behind our tales and the creative decisions we made telling them.  It’s been awhile since our last episode of Lore Talk, so when we …

The Warlock · Halloween Special · Part IV

October 31st, 2019


Lord  Soulis sat in Hermitage Castle, and beside him Old Redcap sly; “Tell me  oh sprite, meikle of might, what is the death that I must die?” And …

Jack of the Lantern · Halloween Special · Part III

October 30th, 2019


Do you know why we have the custom of making a turnip or pumpkin into a lantern, and carving it with a grinning face? Haven't you heard the story of Jack and the Devil? Of the Devil, and Black-Hearted Jack?
Join us for …

The Wife of Usher's Well · Halloween Special · Part II

October 29th, 2019


Once there lived a well-to-do woman in a place called Ushers Well. She had three stout and stalwart sons she called her own, but no husband.  And it came to be that these three sons were called up to fight for King and …

Byard's Leap · Halloween Special · Part I

October 28th, 2019


There was once a man-eating ogress called Black Meg. Like another mother of Grendel, she lived in a cave on the wild and lonely expanse of Ancaster …

The Soul of Jonah Jones · With Tim Ralphs

October 17th, 2019


Welcome to our first guest episode of Lore & Legend!

Tim Ralphs tells the story of 'The Soul of Jonah Jones'; Rick speaks to Tim about his path …

The Hart & The Hind · S1E10

October 3rd, 2019


As  Thomas the Rhymer regales the gathered throng at the feast in his Tower  at Ercildoune, the eyes of the hidden folk are watching…

Lady Isabel & The Elf Knight · S1E9

September 26th, 2019


Lady Isabel sits in her garden sewing on the very first morning of May, when she hears the sultry song of an Elfin horn, blowing over the hills from …

Greysteel · S1E8

September 19th, 2019


His land is called the Forbidden Country. He has killed a thousand knights. They say no man of woman born will defeat him. His name... is Greysteel.  

Hosts Seb and Rick discuss the fearsome elf knights in British …

The Laidly Worm of Spindleston Heugh · S1E7

September 12th, 2019


A  tale is told that the loathsome dragon on Spindleston Heugh will bring  ruin to the North. But one woman knows the truth about the Laidly  Worm... 

Cherry of Zennor · S1E6

September 5th, 2019


A young girl comes to a crossroads, and is led down a path to  unexpected happiness. But there is something ugly about this new paradise...  

Seb and Rick talk about the lure and unease of enchantment and fantasy. 


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Lore Talk | Of Buggbears and Grimmdarks · S1EA

September 3rd, 2019


A change of pace in this episode, as Rick and Seb reflect on the launch of the podcast and respond to feedback from some of our listeners.  Is there any way we can make the show better? Can you see class warfare in the …

The Buried Moon · S1E5

August 29th, 2019


 A  traveller lost on the marshes of the Lincolnshire Carrs has almost given  up hope, when a mysterious ray of light illuminates the darkness... 

King Orfeo · S1E4

August 22nd, 2019


When his Queen is abducted from the midst of 1000 knights, King Orfeo must rely on the mystical power of his music to rescue her.  

Seb and Rick discuss Elfland as an assimilation of the pagan underworld into the …

The Dark Tower · S1E3

August 15th, 2019


A young boy sets out on a desperate journey to rescue his sister from the Dark Tower of the Lord of Elfland.  Rick and Seb discuss the connection between this tale and Shakespeare's King Lear, and talk about the process …

The Curse of Pantannas · S1E2

August 8th, 2019


A  farmer of Pantannas brings tragedy upon himself and his descendants  when he disturbs the midnight revels of Glamorgan’s hidden folk. 

Seb and …

The Rhymer's Tale · S1E1

August 1st, 2019


Our journey into the shadow lands begins with a fire-lit feast, a witches’ harp, and a poet with a tongue full of secrets he cannot help but tell. 

Lore & Legend Series Preview

July 8th, 2019


Lore & Legend is a new podcast series bringing you original performances and fresh interpretations of legendary tales inspired by the rich …

We Are Lore & Legend: Tales From Our Mythic Past

July 1st, 2019


Teaser for the new Lore & Legend series podcast. Bringing you anthologies  of legendary tales inspired by the rich traditions of world folklore …

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