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Plains FM: The Golem of Prague

On Tuesday, 2nd April at 10pm UK time Plains FM in New Zealand, has a special edition of WOMEN ON THE WAVES. Hear Shonaleigh tell The Golem of Prague and speak of the Drut’syla tradition. The Golem is the tale that inspired Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as well as writers such […]


Hope from the Jewish tradition

Shonaleigh Cumbers is a storyteller. Not just any storyteller. She’s a Drut’syla. She’s a living tradition holder. It’s a tradition you probably won’t have heard of. It’s a tradition that flourished in Jewish families, but that was wiped out during the holocaust. Almost wiped out. As far as we know, […]


World Book Day 2019

Thursday, 7th March 2019 marks World Book Day 2019 and a busy World Book Week for storytellers up and down the UK. A few years ago, Shonaleigh did a project with Goldsmiths University to bring story into schools to support language learning. The TALES project investigated the educational impact of […]


Plains FM NZ – Women On the Waves

Women on the Waves is a monthly half hour show on radio station Plains FM in New Zealand, presented by Rachel Haselden with the purpose of offering thoughtful and challenging discussions that affect women of all ages and backgrounds in ‘Women’s Lives, Women’s Stories’. The programme also celebrates women’s achievements […]


New Web Site for House of the West Wind

For many years, the Drut’syla tradition has been without a home. Shonaleigh is likely the very last Drut’syla, but that doesn’t have to mean the end of the tradition. In 2017, some women gathered by a fire and discussed how this incredible women’s storytelling tradition could be kept alive. Together, […]


Llangwm’s Literary Festival prepares to welcome Wander Women

The charming Cleddau village of Llangwm is running its annual litfest this August (10-12) with local and national writers, storytelling, art and travel writing workshops, a Spanish fiesta and a focus on women’s journeys – physical and spiritual. On the centenary of Women’s Suffrage in the UK, the feisty Pembrokeshire […]


BYU Radio: The Apple Seed, Princess in a Box by Shonaleigh

With the resurgence of the art of storytelling, BYUradio is filling a void by bringing renowned storytellers and stories to a national audience. The Apple Seed features the world’s best storytellers with tales that are funny, adventuresome, and thought-provoking, all hosted by Sam Payne. This episode, titled ‘Wily Women’ originally […]


BBC: Triple Trawler Tragedy

In the week of the 50th anniversary of Hull’s Triple Trawler Tragedy and Turning The Tide the BBC have this story:- In the space of less than a month at the start of 1968, 58 fishermen based in the English port of Hull lost their lives in three separate trawler […]


Eighth Chanukah Podcast

Bachir, King for a year: A story for the final night of Chanukah So the last night of Chanukah is here and this is a story called ‘Bachir, King for a year’ and I like it because it’s … again, when all seems lost … when it’s as if everything […]


Seventh Chanuka Podcast

Johannes and the plot of land: A story for the seventh night of Chanukah I always seem to start by saying “ooh, this is my favourite story!”. But when I was little it was one of my favourites. Because it seemed that it crossed the boundaries between what was magic, […]