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Φ This is what you´ll find next: 8 simplified versions of great books you can read online…

The same story has been adapted for three stages of learning.

¤ ELEMENTARY: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: […]

American First Nations


¤ →Oral tradition – storytelling⇐

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


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

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Vintage TV

∇ Fawlty Towers

Basil (the owner of the small hotel in Devon which gave name to the TV series) has communication problems with Manuel (his mistreated employee from Barcelona) ↓

Fawlty Towers is a British sitcom produced by BBC Television and first broadcast on BBC2 in 1975 and 1979. Twelve episodes were made […]

Hachi – A Dog’s Tale

A 2009 drama based on the 1987 Japanese film Hachiko Monogatari, as well as on the true story of a college professor’s bond with an abandoned Akita dog he takes home. The professor [Richard Gere] suffered from a cerebral hemorrhage and died, never returning to the train station where his friend was waiting. […]


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.

♦ ◊ ♦ ◊ […]

Walkabout [N. Roeg]

Very few films achieve a kind of subliminal greatness with cross-cultural impact, but Walkabout is one of those: a visual tone poem that functions more as an allegory than a conventionally plotted adventure.

Considered a cult favorite for years, Nicolas Roeg‘s 1971 film is about two British […]

The Night of the Hunter [C. Laughton]

The Night of the Hunter [1955]—incredibly, the only film the great actor Charles Laughton ever directed—is truly a stand-alone masterwork. A horror movie with qualities of a Grimm fairy tale, it stars a sublimely sinister Robert Mitchum as a traveling preacher named Harry Powell (he of the tattooed knuckles), whose nefarious motives for […]

The Shining [S Kubrick]

A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. Based on Stephen King‘s work of the same title

The Twins… ↓ «Come Play With Us…» [Stanley Kubrick, […]



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 Short Stories Online

«The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting» [Arthur Schopenhauer]

Since 2008, has aimed to cultivate interest in Canadian and International fiction from new and emerging writers. They publish a broad range of adjudicated fiction, […]

Read & Listen to Short Stories

This site – The Drabblecast: → 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, […]

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 […]

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 […]


Mullah Nasreddin (also spelled Nasruddin) has gathered stories from far and wide during his extensive travels. His peregrinations have taken him from Beijing to Boston, from Delhi to Delaware. He can’t remember where he was born: it was so long ago, and he’s been to so many places, that wherever he is he […]

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 […]

Charles Bukowski

1920 – 1994

American prolific poet, short story writer and novelist; author of ‘Notes of a Dirty Old Man’, ‘Love Is a Dog from Hell’, and the autobiographical novels, ‘Women’, ‘Hollywood’, and ‘Post Office’.

Generally speaking, you’re free till you’re about four years old. And then… five around, since you […]

J G Ballard

1930 – 2009 ¤ JG Ballard‘s fertile imagination fancifully envisaged yet another World War where the British and the Americans fought on different sides. This story, «Theatre of War» was published in his book ‘Myths of the Near Future’, and it’s written in a style which looks much the same as a TV script. […]

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] – •→ 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]


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 […]