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Getting Storyshaped With Helenka Stachera

Season 1, Ep. 9

This week's episode sees Sinéad having a fantastically wide-ranging discussion with the brilliant Helenka Stachera, author of The Ice Whisperers and Fin and the Memory Curse. Helenka's books draw on many of the stories she grew up with, and had told to her as a young girl - and having grown up in a fairytale-like yellow brick house in the woods, she has always had a fascination with traditional folktales, which have had a definite impact on her life and work. Come with us as we delve into the rich tapestry of Helenka's Storyshaped life!


You can find Helenka on Twitter @HStachera


Books mentioned in this episode include Helenka's own:


The Ice Whisperers, Helenka Stachera

Fin and the Memory Curse, Helenka Stachera


Grimm's Fairy Tales


Aesop's Fables


The Science of Storytelling by Will Storr


The Weirdstone of Brisingamen by Alan Garner


The Quick by Lauren Owen


The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien


The Goose Girl (traditional)


The Consequence Girl by Alastair Chisholm


Gender-Swapped Fairytales by Karrie Fransman and Jonathan Plackett



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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