With a reputation as a land of writers, poets and artists, Ireland has contributed hugely to the world of literature. Its literary tradition is born from its great oral tradition of storytelling. The ‘Seanchaí’ kept alive a rich tradition of storytelling, at times when the written form was not available to all. These tales of folklore passed from generation to generation, influenced our great writers.
Down through the centuries Irish writers have had enormous influence on English literature, we will be taking these great stories and adding the skill of the storyteller to the written word. In the digital age, two old traditions come together to create a pleasing experience for all of you who love a good story, told well.
Our first selection of titles are chosen from just a few of the writers who walked the streets of Georgian Dublin, our capital city. From a sickly child, who spent many of his early years bedridden, and whose later work inspired one of the greatest film and television franchises of modern times, to a literary genius who courted London society and suffered for ‘a love that dare not speak its name’. Or the young man destined at one point for the priesthood and instead wrote what many consider ‘the’ greatest novel of the twentieth century. Bram Stoker, born in Clontarf on the North side of the city, gave us Dracula, the inspiration for that classic film ‘Nosferatu’ (therein lies a tale) and the Hammer Horror classics and indeed the format for the ‘Twighlight’ series. Stoker’s fellow student at Trinity College, Oscar Wilde, gave us the story of Dorian Grey, one of the great morality tales of our times. Who suffered imprisonment for his principles and gave us the beautiful poem ‘The Ballad of Reading Gaol’ as a testament to man’s inhumanity to man and its consequences. And James Joyce, who carried Dublin in his heart and made the city one of the central characters in his work. From the beautifully drawn characters who inhabit the city in his collection of short stories entitled ‘Dubliners’, to the epic tale of a particular day in the city and the journey of a number of its inhabitants through those twenty four hours in ‘Ulysses’ and the complex wordplay of ‘Finnegan’s Wake’. Film director, John Huston, considered “The Dead’ from the collection “Dubliners’ to be one of the greatest short stories ever written and fulfilled a lifelong ambition by adapting and directing the film version and completing it just before his death. It is truly a great labour of love.
We will give voice to many other great Irish authors and poets, W.B.Yeats, George Moore, Sommerville and Ross, Johnathan Swift, Sheridan Le Fanu and many more.
Tell Tale Audio will mine this rich vein of storytelling, this great gift of words, to bring you Audio Books that will feed your imagination and stir your emotions.
Tell Tale Audio… Great tales told better