The Fairy Tellers by Nicholas Jubber

The Fairy Tellers by Nicholas Jubber

This event has finished Took place on: Thursday, 20th Jan 2022


A Journey into the Secret History of Fairy Tales

We are thrilled to welcome back the wonderful award-winning travel writer Nick Jubber to Stanfords with his fascinating new book The Fairy Tellers.

Join us as we delve into this magical evening with Nick and explore the secret history of fairy-tales, the people who told them, the landscapes that forged them and the cultures that formed them.

Fairy-Tales are not just fairy-tales: they are records of historical phenomena, telling us something about how Western civilisation was formed.

While there are certain names inextricably entwined with the concept of a fairy-tale, such as the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen, the most significant tellers are long buried under the more celebrated figures who have taken the credit for their stories – people like the Syrian storyteller Youhenna Diab and the Wild Sisters of Cassel. Without them we would never have heard of Aladdin, his Magic Lamp or the adventures of Hansel and Gretel.

Tracking these stories to their sources carries us through the steaming cities of Southern Italy and across the Mediterranean to the dust-clogged alleys of the Maghreb, under the fretting leaves of the Black Forest, deep into the tundra of Siberia and across the snowy hills of Lapland.

From North Africa and Siberia, this book illuminates the complicated relationship between Western civilisation and the 'Eastern' cultures it borrowed from, and the strange lives of our long lost fairytellers.

Praise for The Fairy Tellers

'Like a child after the Pied Piper I pursued Jubber into a world both human and full of magic. A carnival of a book, rigorously researched and jostling with life' Amy Jeffs, author of Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain

'Magical tales about magical tales and tellers. Jubber, congenially and fascinatingly, explores the land from which the great fairy stories seeped, making the stories more resonant, powerful and important than ever' Charles Foster, author of Being a Human and Being a Beast

'I love this book - a whole new way into these classic tales. The Fairy Tellers is full of fascinating detail, a must for those intrigued by the traditional tale. Author Nick Jubber is the real thing, a scholar gypsy of courage and skill' Robert Twigger, award-winning author of Red Nile

'A dazzling treasury of observation, erudition, and folklore - recounted with spellbinding sensitivity and grace' Tahir Shah, author of In Arabian Nights

About the author:

Nicholas Jubber has travelled in the Middle East, Central Asia, North and East Africa and across Europe. Along the way, he has worked as a teacher, carpet-washer and even had a stint as a tannery assistant. He has written four previous books, Epic Continent (short listed for the Stanfords Dolman prize), The Timbuktu School for Nomads, The Prester Quest (winner of the Dolman Travel Book Award) and Drinking Arak off an Ayatollah's Beard (shortlisted for the Dolman Award). He has written for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Observer, Globe and Mail, Irish Times and BBC History.

The event will start promptly at 7.00pm.

Tickets £5 

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