Once upon a time


The Boyhood of Releigh by Sir John Everett Millais, 1870 Tate Gallery, London

Let me tell you a story

FOR CENTURIES, storytellers have conveyed events in words, images and sounds, often by improvisation or embellishment. Some storytellers have brought magical characters to our life, organising information and building emotions up among us. Some bedtime stories have kept us awake, while others have taken us to magnificent worlds.

Storytelling has existed as long as humanity has had language. Traditionally, oral stories were committed to memory and then passed on from generation to generation. The Kalevala, for example, tells stories up to 5,000 years old. Stories of creation, the origin of fire, the birth of the song, spirits of the forest, sea and sky having adventures in an ancient world are comprised within the Finnish national epic.

Storyteller and Musician Nick Hennessey was lured by this masterpiece of Finnish literature in 1998. In 2000 he travelled to Finland and Karelia where he was lucky enough to meet old, bright eyed women who warmly shared with him all of their memories.

The agile world we live in allows storytellers to cross borders and tell their stories in faraway lands through brilliant and colourful performances. This is the case with Hennessey, who performs the Kalevala in the UK.

Hennessey will be hosting a workshop on the skills of storytelling on Sunday 3 May from 16:00 to 18:00. During the workshop, you will look at structure and style of traditional stories exploring the techniques used to tell them well. This is a unique opportunity to meet a master storyteller and learn his craft.


Fredrikinkatu 20A, Helsinki

Registration: Matti Keltanen: keltanen@gmail.com


Susan Fourtane – Helsinki Times

Image – Tate Gallery, London


About Susan Fourtané

As a citizen of the world, Susan began her search for her place in the world back at the beginning of the year 2000. After many travels looking for her place in the world, her soul found that place in Finland in September 2006. She has been living in Helsinki ever since, where she combines fiction and non-fiction writing with Philosophy studies and teaching.
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