‘Shut your eyes and see.’
James Joyce

There’s no denying that we Irish love to hear a good story, and no wonder. After all we’ve enjoyed a folklore tradition of over 2,000 years with its Celtic, English and Christian influences on what is probably the most distinctive oral literature of any country in Europe.

The tradition of the ‘Seanchaí’, the traveling storyteller who roamed the rural landscape earning his supper by telling the stories of the great heroes of Ireland’s past, tales of their great battles, their loves and losses. In the lonely winter evenings, gathering a family about a fire to thrill them with stories of ghosts and fairies and evil done and good triumphing.

And even as the oral tradition was beginning to die out – although it continued in parts of Ireland well into the 20th century – it was an Irish writer who is credited with introducing the short story as a literary form. George Moore’s ‘The Untilled Field’, published in 1903 told stories of Irish rural life. by 1904 James Joyce was writing stories for magazines, a collection that eventually became ‘Dubliners’ in 1914.

 

But even written down, Irish writing needs to be read aloud. That’s where TellTale Audio brings us full circle and presents you with tales recorded in the heart of the Georgian Dublin so beloved of the writers who wrote and walked and dreamed here; in the rich Irish tones for which they were intended – there is nothing that will bring you closer to the way you were intended to appreciate them.

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