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Storyshaped

By: Susan Cahill & Sinéad O'Hart
  • Summary

  • A brand-new children's literature podcast all about the stories that shape us - and how the stories that formed us go on to shape the stories we create.


    We'll be talking to children's authors, illustrators, bloggers, and book lovers of all sorts about the stories they loved as children (or perhaps, the stories they hated, feared, or were fascinated by!) and how those stories helped to shape their lives. Join us for weekly discussions about books, stories, and their power to change the world.


    Follow us on Twitter: www.twitter.com/StoryshapedPod

    and Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/storyshapedpod/


    Contact us on storyshapedpod@gmail.com


    Our Irish bookshop partner is Halfway Up the Stairs bookshop in Wicklow: www.halfwayupthestairs.ie


    In the UK, check out our storefront on https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/Storyshaped. Disclosure: If you buy books linked to our site, we may earn a commission from Bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.


    Theme music composed and performed by Tony Betts


    Logo designed by Paul Coomey


    Your hosts: children's authors Susan Cahill and Sinéad O'Hart


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Episodes
  • Dec 22 2022

    This week - the final episode of Season 1, Storyshaped fans! - Susan and Sinéad are indulging themselves with a Deep Dive into one of the books that profoundly shaped both of them. We're discussing Susan Cooper's 1973 classic The Dark Is Rising, which is a book that Susan describes as being part of her soul. It's an incredible story about a boy named Will Stanton, who steps into his power as an Old One on his eleventh birthday - and it involves such a wealth of mythology, folklore, allusions to medieval texts, and other stuff that pleases our nerdy hearts, that this episode was the MOST fun to record. Please do come with us as we dive deep into this beautiful book, which has Storyshaped us both, and get ready to whisper with us:


    When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back,

    Three from the circle, three from the track;

    Wood, bronze, iron, water, fire, stone;

    Five will return, and one go alone...


    Many different editions of Susan Cooper's classic book exist, but this is a recent edition which might be easily accessible: The Dark Is Rising


    Biographical details about Cooper's life and work are drawn from her website: The Lost Land of Susan Cooper


    We draw on Heritage Artefacts of County Cork by Denis Power and Mary Sleeman (2022) for some of our insights into the mandala symbol


    Referenced in the episode is this blog post: https://consolationofreading.wordpress.com/tag/piers-plowman/


    We also make reference to A Guidebook to Piers Plowman by Anna Baldwin, Palgrave Macmillan, 2007


    Susan draws on Britannic Myths by Steven O'Brien and Joe Machine (ill.) in our discussion of Herne the Hunter and Wayland Smith


    The podcast dramatisation of The Dark is Rising can be found on Spotify here: BBC Sounds Robert MacFarlane The Dark is Rising Adaptation


    And the brilliant Backlisted Podcast episode with Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris is here: Backlisted Podcast


    Thank you all so much for listening to Season 1 of Storyshaped! We're delighted to have reached so many ears, and we hope to reach many more in Season 2 - we'll be back in 2023 with more guest interviews and lots more bookish joy. Until then: all our best wishes for the Festive Season to everyone who celebrates, however you celebrate, and whatever you're doing: make sure to find a nice quiet corner to curl up in with a good book.


    Our podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ie


    In the UK, check out our storefront on: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/Storyshaped. Disclaimer: If you buy books linked to our site, we may earn a commission from bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.


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    1 hr and 6 mins
  • Dec 15 2022

    We have the splendid pleasure of speaking with Sharon Gosling this week on the podcast - yes, only the author of one of our absolute favourite books of 2022, The Extraordinary Voyage of Katy Willacott! The stories that shaped Sharon are wide-ranging and exciting, and our chat with her was fun, informative, and full of brilliant books. Come along with us as we take a walk through Sharon's Storyshaped life, and who knows? You might find she's Storyshaped in just the same way as you.


    Books mentioned in this episode include some of Sharon's own:


    The Diamond Thief, winner of the Redbridge Children’s Book Award 2014

    The Ruby Airship

    The Sapphire Cutlass

    The Golden Butterfly

    House of Hidden Wonders

    The Extraordinary Voyage of Katy Willacott.

    Her adult books have included The House Beneath the Cliffs and The Lighthouse Bookshop


    And the stories that shaped her include:


    Little Grey Rabbit, by Alison Uttley


    Meg and Mog, by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski


    Boys' Best Adventures (any books that helped you to survive in the wild)


    The Circus of Adventure, by Enid Blyton


    Amazon Adventure, by Willard Price


    Beaver Towers, by Nigel Hinton


    When Marnie Was There, by Joan Robinson


    The Girl Who Ran Away, by Joan Robinson


    The Flight of the Doves, by Walter Macken


    Trixie Belden series, by Julie Campbell Tathem and others


    The Hardy Boys, by Franklin W. Dixon (collective pen-name)


    Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott


    The Animals of Farthing Wood, by Colin Dann


    Twenty-Five Years in the Word Mines, by Graham Joyce


    Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson


    The novels of Terry Pratchett


    Babel, by R.F. Kuang


    The British Library collections of short stories


    The novels and short stories of Shirley Jackson


    The work of Kelly Link


    Hag, edited by Carolyne Larrington


    Folk, by Zoe Gilbert


    Parnassus on Wheels, by Christopher Morley


    A Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories, by Joan Aiken


    The Faithless Lollybird, by Joan Aiken


    Our podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ie


    In the UK, check out our storefront on: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/Storyshaped. Disclaimer: If you buy books linked to our site, we may earn a commission from bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.




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    1 hr and 1 min
  • Dec 8 2022

    Today's guest is the BRILLIANT M.G. Leonard, author of some of the best books for young children available today. Her books have been personally inspirational to us, and M.G. herself is such a fount of inspiration, wisdom, and compassion - her insights into writing, the importance of stories, and how she used her own story to reshape her own life, is a must-listen. Come and join us, and find out how M.G. Leonard is Storyshaped.


    Books mentioned in this week's episode include M.G.'s own:


    Beetle Boy

    Beetle Queen

    The Battle of the Beetles

    The Beetle Collectors' Handbook (non-fiction)

    The Tale of a Toothbrush

    The Highland Falcon Thief (with Sam Sedgman)

    Kidnap on the California Comet (with Sam Sedgman)

    Murder on the Safari Star (with Sam Sedgman)

    Danger at Dead Man's Pass (with Sam Sedgman)

    Sabotage on the Solar Express (with Sam Sedgman)

    The Arctic Railway Assassin (with Sam Sedgman)

    Twitch

    Spark

    The Ice Children


    The stories which shaped her include:


    Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden


    Roald Dahl, The Twits


    The Work of Enid Blyton


    Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking


    William Shakespeare, Macbeth


    E.L. Grant Watson, What to Look for in Autumn (Ladybird Book)


    Elise Rousseau and Phillipe J. Dubois, A Short Philosophy of Birds


    Our podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ie


    In the UK, check out our storefront on: https://uk.bookshop.org/shop/Storyshaped. Disclaimer: If you buy books linked to our site, we may earn a commission from bookshop.org, whose fees support independent bookshops.


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    1 hr and 5 mins

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