Myth, magic and memory

Knowledge and skills

  • Myths and legends
  • Storytelling
  • Writing poetry
  • Building on others’ ideas

Poet and performer Joshua Seigal shows how poetry can be used to explore myths and legends in a dynamic and creative way – so turn your villains into heroes, let the dog eat your homework and get scribbling!

Myths and legends have been passed down through the generations for almost as long as humans have been able to speak. Poetry has always played a part in oral storytelling traditions – poems were originally used as a way of remembering a story – so there hasn’t always been the kind of distinction between poetry and storytelling that exists now. It seems appropriate, therefore, to explore the potential that poetry has to capture the magic of myths and legends and to re-establish the all-important links between poetry and story.

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