Why are some carpets magic? What is a wish-tree? And where can the fountain of eternal life be found? The answers to these and many other intriguing questions can be found in Sally Pomme Clayton's enchanted storytelling journey through Central Asia. On her travels in the region, Sally has accumulated a wealth of folklore and knowledge of nomadic cultures. These 12 exotic retellings of stories related to the author in storytelling tents, combined with Sophie Herxheimer's brilliantly-patterned artwork, reveal the richness of the little-known, faraway lands of Central Asia. Follow the trials and triumphs of a British mother of three living in Kazakhstan of Big Beluga Baby by clicking here
Table of Contents
The Storyteller's Tale 9 A Whole Brain kazakhstan 12 The Secret of Felt turkmenistan 13 Blue Sky, White Wing central asia 16 The Girl who Cried a Lake kyrgyzstan 18 The Carpet of Dreams afghanistan 23 Riddle Bazaar uzbekistan 30 The Bag of Trickness kazakhstan 32 Zarina's Orchard tadjikistan 36 The Heart of your Friend kazakhstan 46 Father of Stories, Horse of Songs central asia 48 The Fountain of Life central asia 54 About the Stories 56 Map of Central Asia 58 Glossary 60
Sally Pomme Clayton is an acclaimed storyteller. She co-founded The Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Hugh Lupton, spearheading the revival of storytelling in the UK. She tours throughout Britain, often performing at the British Museum, the Barbican, and the National Gallery. She was Royal Literary Fellow at the University of Westminster and City and Guilds of London Art School. She currently teaches at Rose Bruford College. Her first book for Frances Lincoln was Tales Told in Tents, followed by Amazons!, Persephone and Rama and Sita: Path of Flames. Visit Sally's website at www.sallypommeclayton.com SOPHIE HERXHEIMER is a painter and printmaker who loves stories. Her paintings and prints have been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery, the South Bank and the Whitworth Gallery, Manchester amongst other galleries. Her books include Wonder Tales, edited by Marina Warner. This is her second book with Sally Pomme Clayton for Frances Lincoln following Tales Told in Tents. Sophie lives in South London.