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American First Nations

⇐indians.org/nativewire-american-indian-videos

¤ →Oral tradition – storytelling⇐

Θ A collection of Native American folktales and traditional stories: indexed tribe by tribe to make them easier to locate ↓

•→www.native-languages.org/legends⇐

Θ Links to several stories of Native American Indian Lore from several Tribes across Turtle Island ↓

Febrero 17th, 2015 | Tags: , , , | Category: ENGLISH, LISTEN & READ, VDO | Leave a comment

Beowulf

Narrated by Derek Jacobi and Joseph Fiennes this is one of the most famous ancient sagas ever told, Beowulf tells the tale of a young Danish warrior called Beowulf who goes to the aid of King Hroðgar and his people, who are attacked by a half-man half-monster named Grendel.

♦ ◊ ♦ ◊ […]

Vikings

•→http://www.history.com/shows/vikings←

The TV series, written and created by Michael Hirst for the television channel History, is set at the beginning of the Viking Age, marked by the Lindisfarne raid in 793.

The first season portrays Ragnar (Travis Fimmel) as a young Viking warrior who longs to discover civilizations […]

Read & Listen to Short Stories

This site – The Drabblecast: → http://www.drabblecast.org/ offers . . .

Strange Stories, By Strange Authors, for Strange Listeners

The Drabblecast is an award-winning, illustrated, listener-supported audio fiction magazine, released as a free to download, weekly podcast. It features short stories at the far side of weird, including science fiction, horror, […]

Poems

→http://poetryoutloud.org/poems-and-performance/listen-to-poetry ¤ WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE [1564-1616] The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils; The motions of his spirit are dull as night And his affections dark as Erebus: Let no such man be trusted. Mark the music.

Diciembre 9th, 2014 | Tags: | Category: ENGLISH, LISTEN & READ, Poetry | 21 comments

Liz Lochhead + Ivor Cutler

¤ Liz Lochhead ⇓

⇒Makar Liz Lochhead was born in 1947 in Motherwell, from where the family moved to the nearby village of Newarthill. It was a “very normal, very Scottish, very proddy, posh working-class / lower middle-class life”. Everyone in family read a lot and used the public library […]

Robert Burns

¤ Robert Burns ⇐ [1759-1796] ⇒ The Peoples Poet ⇐[BBC doc]

“When death’s dark stream I ferry o’er, A time that surely shall come; In Heaven itself, I’ll ask no more, Than just a Highland welcome.” ◊→ “A RED, RED ROSE” ⇓

O, my luve’s like a red, red rose, That’s newly sprung […]

We Remember Tim

Back in 2004, we had the privilege to host a performance by great story-teller, Tim Bowley

This is one of the reviews by a colleague from EOI Boadilla, Ramón Silles:

“Tim Bowley’s stories are gripping and easy to follow and they are greatly helpful to students in developing their listening […]

William S. Burroughs

1914 – 1997 “Death smells… I mean death has a special smell; over and above the smell of cyanide, cordite, blood, carrion or burned flesh. It is a gray smell: stops the heart and cuts off the breath. The smell of empty bodies, the smell of field hospitals and gangrene…” [The Private Asshole] “I […]

Kurt Vonnegut . . .

∇ Slaughterhouse Five⇐

Slaughterhouse-Five is an account of Billy Pilgrim’s capture and incarceration by the Germans during the last years of World War II, and scattered throughout the narrative are episodes from Billy’s life both before and after the war, and from his travels to the planet Tralfamadore. Billy […]

Paul Bowles

[1910 – 1999] – •→http://www.paulbowles.org/ Paul Bowles was born in Queens, New York, in 1910. He began his travels as a teenager, setting off for Paris, telling no one of his plans. In 1930 he visited Morocco for the first time, with Aaron Copland, with whom he was studying music. His early reputation was as […]

The Catcher in the Rye [JD Salinger]

1919-2010

J.D. Salinger‘s classic coming-of-age story portrays one young man’s funny and poignant experiences with life, love, and sex. Ever since it was first published in 1951, this novel has been the coming-of-age story against which all others are judged. Read and cherished by generations, the story of Holden Caulfield is truly […]

Nadine Gordimer

South African novelist and short-story writer, Nobel Prize for Literature in 1991. Most of Nadine Gordimer‘s works deal with the moral and psychological tensions of her racially divided home country. She was a founding member of Congress of South African Writers, and even at the height of the apartheid regime, […]

Peter Carey

¤ PARROT AND OLIVIER IN AMERICA (excerpts)

Olivier is an aristocrat, one of an endangered species born in France just after the Revolution. Parrot, the son of an itinerant English printer and twice Olivier’s age, always wanted to be an artist but has ended up a servant. Starting on different sides of […]

Ian McEwan

•→Conversations with Ian McEwan ⇐[London, 2008]

Born on 21 June 1948 in Aldershot, England, he studied at the University of Sussex, where he received a BA degree in English Literature in 1970. He received his MA degree in English Literature at the University of East Anglia.

McEwan’s works have […]

Angela’s Ashes [excerpts]

1930 – 2009

Frank McCourt was born in Brooklyn — he would later, much later, memorably describe the scene of his conception in his memoir — but he grew up in Ireland. His parents were both Irish immigrants, and they moved back there, to Limerick, in an effort to stay […]

Ray Bradbury + Isaac Asimov

¤ Ray Bradbury ⇓ [1920-2012] Φ “The Veldt“ ⇐[song]

A short story written by Ray Bradbury that was published originally as “The World the Children Made” in the September 23, 1950 issue of The Saturday Evening Post, later republished in the anthology The Illustrated Man in 1951. The anthology is a collection of […]

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

1928 – 1982

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is a science fiction novel by American writer Philip K. Dick first published in 1968. The main plot follows Rick Deckard, a bounty hunter of androids, while the secondary plot follows John Isidore, a man of sub-normal intelligence who befriends some […]

Lord of the flies [W. Golding]

This is a book by William Golding (1911 – 1993) you may have already read, or you may fancy reading in the near future. You can read the plot below. Alternatively, you can play the video and listen to a plot summary while you watch the sparknotes_animation.

Set during World War II, […]

On Saturday afternoon [A. Sillitoe]

‘ Alan Sillitoe (1928-2010) is one of the Angry Young Men of the 1950s (although none of them welcomed such label). › Born in Nottingham to working class parents, he left school at the age of 14 and served in the Royal Air Force as a wireless operator. After returning to England from Malaya, […]