Storyshaped

12/1/2022

Getting Storyshaped With Efua Traoré

Season 1, Ep. 19
It's Thursday, which means we've got another wonderful Storyshaped podcast for you all! We're speaking with the incredible Efua Traoré, author of Children of the Quicksands and The House of Shells, two beautiful Middle Grade novels set in Nigeria and infused with the folklore, magic, and culture of that vibrant country. Efua takes us through her early days as an adventurer, tree-climber, go-getter and dreamer, and how stories - both in her local library and in the culture all around her - shaped her imagination and sparked her creativity. Come with us as we learn about how her first published story was shaped, and by whom; listen in as she shares her dreams for the future of children's literature in Nigeria and in Africa, and stay with us till the end for some tantalising hints about what's next from this incredible author! Are you ready? Then, let's get Storyshaped.Books mentioned in this week's episode include Efua's own:Children of the QuicksandsThe House of ShellsThe stories which shaped Efua include:Tales by Moonlight - a TV show from Efua's childhood in Nigeria which retold stories from folkloreEnid Blyton, The Famous FiveAlf Proysen, Mrs PepperpotC.S. Lewis, The Chronicles of NarniaAstrid Lindgren, The Six Bullerby ChildrenOtfried Preussler, The Little Water-SpriteTales From... (A collection of folktales and legends from all around the world)Louisa May Alcott, Little WomenArthur Conan Doyle, The Speckled Band (Sherlock Holmes)Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles (Sherlock Holmes)Chinua Achebe, Things Fall ApartChimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple HibiscusSabine Adeyinka, Jummy at the River SchoolTolá Okogwu, Onyeka and the Academy of the SunTomi Adeyemi, Children of Blood and BoneNnedi Okorafor, Akata WitchNatasha Bowen, Skin of the SeaNamina Forna, The Gilded OnesJordan Ifueko, RaybearerOur podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ieIn 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.
11/24/2022

Getting Storyshaped with Katharine and Liz Corr

Season 1, Ep. 18
This week, Susan and Sinéad are welcoming two authors for the price of one - sisters Katharine and Liz Corr are here to tell us all about their marvellous books and also the stories that shaped their lives. Come with us as we talk about the shaping power of the stories of Star Trek, the power of historical fiction and classical heroes (and anti-heroes), the wonder of Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising, and how significant are the stories we're told about our family and our history. We also discuss the importance of feisty heroines, and how much they owe to Anne-with-an-E Shirley. Let's get Storyshaped!Among the books mentioned this week are Katharine and Liz's own:The Witch's KissThe Witch's TearsThe Witch's BloodA Throne of SwansA Crown of TalonsDaughter of DarknessQueen of Gods (forthcoming 2023)And the stories that shaped them include:The Peter and Jane Ladybird Reading Scheme books, written by William Murray and illustrated by Robert AytonThe Hobbit, by JRR TolkienThe Pied Piper of Hamelin, written by Robert Browning and illustrated by Kate GreenawayThe Water Babies, by Charles KingsleyThe Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. LewisThe Dark is Rising, by Susan CooperThe Grey King, by Susan CooperThe novels of Isaac AsimovPride and Prejudice, by Jane AustenLord of the Rings, by JRR TolkienThe Gormenghast Trilogy, by Mervyn PeakeGods, Men and Monsters by Michael Gibson and Giovanni CaselliThe myth of PerseusMythologica, by Stephen Kershaw and illustrated by Victoria Topping (erroneously referred to as 'Mythipedia' in the episode!)Twilight, by Stephenie MeyerThe novels of Terry PratchettOur podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ieIn 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.
11/17/2022

Getting Storyshaped With Debbie Thomas

Season 1, Ep. 17
This week's guest is the wonderful Debbie Thomas! Susan and Sinéad had so much fun chatting to Debbie, who was full of wisdom and wit as we discussed the stories that shaped her - not only the stories in the books she loved, but also the stories of her family. This episode is filled with laughter and suffused with joy, the same joy that Debbie (and we at Storyshaped!) see as being vital in every child's - and every person's - life. Come with us as we meet Debbie, who not only crafts the most wonderful books, but who also uses her storytelling skills to show every single child the true value of story: that their story is important, and that they're worth being listened to. Find Debbie online via her website and find out more about her books, and her work with children in direct provision, in underprivileged areas, and in hospitalsBooks mentioned in this week's episode include Debbie's own:Dead Hairy (Mercier Press)Jungle Tangle (Mercier Press)Monkie Business (Mercier Press)Class Act (Mercier Press)My Secret Dragon (Little Island)Chameleon Dad (Little Island)And the stories and books which shaped her include:The Storytelling Animal, by Jonathan GottschallThe Seven Basic Plots, by Christopher BookerThe Science of Storytelling, by Will StorrAndrew Stanton: The Clues to a Great Story (TED Talk)Steering the Craft, by Ursula K. Le GuinHarry the Dog (series), by Gene ZionFlat Stanley (series), by Jeff BrownThe King of the Copper Mountains, by Paul BiegelMy Naughty Little Sister (series), by Dorothy Edwards and Shirley HughesThe Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. LewisThe work of Roald DahlThe Phantom Tollbooth, by Norton JusterThe Tin Drum, by Gunter GrassMidnight's Children, by Salman RushdieThe Dragonfly Pool, by Eva IbbotsonThe Abominables, by Eva IbbotsonEast of Eden, by John SteinbeckThe International Yeti Collective, by Paul Mason and Katy RiddellThe Annotated Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, ill. Jules Feiffer, Notes by Leonard S. MarcusCollected Fairy Tales"This life was hired out to me/To decorate the earth with glee."Our podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ieIn 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.
11/10/2022

Getting Storyshaped With Aislinn O'Loughlin

Season 1, Ep. 16
This week we're welcoming the fantastic Aislinn O'Loughlin to the podcast, where we talk about things like: how it feels to be a published author in your teens; how having a writer for a parent helps you to deal with the inevitable rejection that comes from making writing your career (and how marvellous it is to have a creative parent to help Storyshape you as you grow up); how having a love for drama can help you to shape your own stories, and how Terry Pratchett is responsible for her marriage. Tune in and come with us on a ramble through Aislinn's Storyshaped life!Find Aislinn's book online via her publisher: https://www.littleisland.ie/products/big-bad-meFollow Aislinn on Twitter: www.twitter.com/AshiLockieBooks mentioned in this episode include Aislinn's own:Cinderella's Fella, illustrated by Marie-Louise FitzpatrickA Right Royal Pain, illustrated by Marie-Louise FitzpatrickFionn the CoolShak and the BeanstalkBig Bad Me (Little Island Books, 2022)And the books which Storyshaped her include:The Fairytales of the Brothers GrimmThe Fairytales of Hans Christian AndersenMatilda, by Roald DahlMort, by Terry PratchettThe Importance of Being Earnest, by Oscar WildeThe Princess Bride, by William GoldmanCarrie, and Misery, by Stephen KingHarrow Lake, and Wicked Little Deeds, by Cat EllisThe work of Cynthia Murphy, Kathryn Foxfield, Amy McCaw, and Naomi GibsonThe Haunting of Tyrese Walker, by JP RoseCrater Lake, by Jennifer KillickOur podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ieIn 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.
11/3/2022

Getting Storyshaped With Nicola Colton

Season 1, Ep. 15
In this week's episode of Storyshaped, come hunting for the Sweet Tree with Nicola Colton...Nicola is an Irish author and illustrator living in Bristol, but in this episode she shares some of the sheer magic of her childhood, where stories weren't confined to the pages of the books she read but instead seemed to come to life all around her. From finding a Banshee's comb to imagining storms in teacups, Nicola's life has been suffused with, and shaped by, stories from her earliest days. Listen in, and be swept away!Find Nicola online at her website: www.nicolacolton.comFollow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/NicolaColton1Follow her on Instagram: www.instagram.com/NicolaColton1/Books mentioned in this week's episode include Nicola's own:Jasper and ScruffJasper and Scruff: The Hunt for the Golden BoneJasper and Scruff: Take a BowJasper and Scruff: The Great Cat Cake-Off!Fizzy and Bandit (with Sarah Crossan)Fizzy and the Party (with Sarah Crossan)A Dublin FairytaleA Dublin ChristmasZim Zam Zoom (with James Carter)The stories that shaped her include:Roald Dahl, Revolting RhymesRoald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryRoald Dahl, MatildaRoald Dahl, George's Marvellous MedicineGarfield (comic strip, created by Jim Davis, est. 1978)Dinosaurs magazineTreasures of the Earth magazineOut of this World: The Illustrated Library of the Bizarre and the Extraordinary (24 vols), ed Perrott PhilipsJ.R.R. Tolkien, The HobbitJ.R.R. Tolkien, Lord of the RingsSweet Valley High, created by Francine PascalThe novels of Stephen King and Anne RiceJayde Perkins, Mum's JumperPaula Bowles, Tiny Crab is a Tidy CrabFreya Hartas and Joseph Coelho, Zombierella and Creeping BeautyFreya Hartas, Slow DownCaroline O'Donoghue, All Our Hidden GiftsMovie/screen influences include:Planes, Trains and Automobiles (1987)The Simpsons (1989-present)Our podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ieIn 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.
10/27/2022

Getting Storyshaped With Louise O'Neill

Season 1, Ep. 14
DISCLAIMER/CONTENT WARNING: This episode of Storyshaped includes some discussion of adult themes and topics, including eating disorders, and may be best avoided by very young listeners and/or those for whom these topics may be triggering or upsetting. If this is you - catch you next week!This week's Storyshaped delves into the bookish life of acclaimed and bestselling author Louise O'Neill, who has written for young adults and older adults over the course of her decade-long career as a novelist and journalist. Join us as we discuss the books that shaped Louise into the thinker, cultural critic, and creator that she is today, and the books that made her realise: I can be a writer, too.Find Louise online:Via her agents, Mushens EntertainmentBooks mentioned in this week's episode include Louise's own:Only Ever YoursAsking For ItThe Surface BreaksAlmost LoveAfter The SilenceIdolAnd the books which Storyshaped her include:The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret AtwoodThe books of Enid BlytonThe books of Roald DahlThe Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. LewisOnly a Paper Moon and Catch the Magpie by Tina (Cristina) PiscoThe Babysitters' Club by Ann M. MartinAmongst Women by John McGahernRachel's Holiday by Marian KeyesMy Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth RussellThe Harry Potter series by J.K. RowlingHis Dark Materials by Philip PullmanSweet Valley High created by Francine PascalThe Hunger Games by Suzanne CollinsDivergent by Veronica RothPants on Fire by Maggie AldersonSushi For Beginners by Marian KeyesThe novels of Louise BagshaweThe Stormkeeper's Island trilogy by Catherine DoyleThe Artist's Way by Julia CameronThe Double Love podcast - not Double Trouble, as we say, erroneously, in the episode - is available hereOur podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ieIn 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.
10/20/2022

Getting Storyshaped with Sam Thompson

Season 1, Ep. 13
It's not every day you get to talk to an author who's been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, but today Susan and Sinéad get to do just that! We're welcoming Sam Thompson to the podcast, and we couldn't be happier about it. Sam's the author of the brilliant children's novels Wolfstongue and The Fox's Tower, but his first novel (Communion Town) was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize back in 2012. We talk shamanic spaces, the nature of deep time (especially as expressed in books), building roots into the unknown, the plays of Shakespeare, and the power of ambient stories, among many other brilliant things. Come and join us as we find out the answer to the question: Sam Thompson, are you Storyshaped?Find Sam online at:https://samthompsonwriter.comBooks mentioned in this episode include Sam's own:Communion Town (2012, Fourth Estate)Jott (2018, John Murray)Wolfstongue (2021, Little Island)The Fox's Tower (2022, Little Island)And Sam's Storyshaped books include:Haunted House by Jan PienkowskiWhere the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakThe Lord of the Flies by William GoldingThe Tower by William Butler YeatsThe Magus by John FowlesThe English Patient by Michael OndaatjeThe Satanic Verses by Salman RushdieSir Gawain and the Green Knight by the Pearl poet (14th Century); J.R.R. Tolkien did a good modern editionThe Tempest by William ShakespeareRed Shift, Boneland and The Owl Service by Alan GarnerThe Iron Man by Ted HughesCoraline by Neil GaimanThe Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan AikenThe Tripods by John ChristopherThe novels of John Wyndham (including Day of the Triffids, The Midwich Cuckoos, and The Chrysalids)A fascinating interview with Alan Garner about his Booker-prize shortlisted Treacle WalkerMind out of Time: An Interview with Alan GarnerTreacle Walker: Alan Garner and Elizabeth Garner in ConversationOur podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ieIn 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.
10/13/2022

Getting Storyshaped With Nicola Penfold

Season 1, Ep. 11
What a treat we have for you all this week, Storyshaped fans! This week, we're talking to Nicola Penfold, the brilliant author of Where the World Turns Wild, Between Sea and Sky, and Beyond the Frozen Horizon. All Nicola's books have a huge emphasis on the natural world and the place of humans within it, and the interplay between the ecology surrounding us and the emotional landscape within. Her books have an ultimately hopeful message, empowering readers young and old with the power and beauty of the natural world all around us - and as well as that, they're incredibly gripping adventures, too. Come with us as we take a trip through Nicola's bookish memories, and discover the stories which shaped her into the author, and climate activist, she is today.Nicola's website is: www.nicolapenfold.comFollow her on Twitter: @nicolapenfoldFollow her on Instagram: @nicolapenfoldauthorBooks mentioned in this week's episode include Nicola's own:Where The World Turns WildBetween Sea and SkyBeyond the Frozen Horizonand also...The books of Shirley HughesSpot the Dog by Eric HillThe work of Enid Blyton, including the Famous Five and the Malory Towers books, and The Island of Adventure and The Ship of AdventureThe Jill books by Ruby FergusonThe Jinny and Shantih books by Patricia LeitchThe Silver Brumby by Elyne MitchellThe Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin DannVarjak Paw and The Outlaw Varjak Paw by SF SaidThe pony books of Christine and Josephine Pullein-ThompsonThe Sadlers Wells ballet books by Lorna HillA Stitch in Time by Penelope LivelyThe Way to Sattin Shore by Philippa PearceTom's Midnight Garden by Philippa PearceDark Matter by Michelle PaverChildren of the Dust by Louise LawrenceCalling B for Butterfly by Louise LawrenceThe Last Storyteller by Donna Barba Higuera (The Last Cuentista in the US/Canada)The Cats We Meet Along the Way by Nadia MikailLosing Eden: Why Our Minds Need the Wild by Lucy JonesThe Overstory by Richard PowersHomecoming by Cynthia VoigtTalking in Whispers James WatsonRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. TaylorKiss the Dust by Elizabeth LairdDiary of a Young Girl by Anne FrankI Am David by Anne HolmThe Silver Sword Ian SeraillierOur podcast bookshop in Ireland is Halfway Up the Stairs: www.halfwayupthestairs.ieIn 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.