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Talking Stories is a new show recently launched on East London Radio. Here, host Tony Cranston, an award-winning author, explains the reasons behind the concept and invites you to tell your own story.

"I f you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales." That quote is attributed to Albert Einstein, and it is in the same vein that I am passionate about storytelling.

We live in a wonderful part of the country, where the whole world is represented by the people native to and those who have come to make their homes here. My show uses stories and poetry to reach out to our neighbours, young and old, and beyond, and by sharing the tales of our lives in our original homeland and our new lives in this country with its mix of particular ways of thinking and doing things. This is a show that is actively calling out to everyone to tell their story.

Talking Stories, which goes out monthly on East London Radio and which is available as a podcast thereafter, has already featured talented authors, storytellers and poets who live in or write about east London and features interviews with major storytellers from around the world, including Ireland, USA, Singapore, China, France, Japan, Austria, India and more.

Storytelling has had a great resurgence in popularity over the last 20 years, with storytelling groups springing up in towns and cities across the UK actively encouraging more people from all walks of life to learn how to tell a story, whether to their children or grandchildren or professionally in festivals and clubs around the world. Talking Stories wants to encourage storytellers, poets, writers, schools and groups to get in touch and be featured on the programme. There are no costs involved; we are here to promote your talents to a new – different – and wider audience.

As we rush headlong into this 21st, science fiction century, we need something older and connected to that which is deep within us.

For 27,000 years, since the first cave drawings were discovered, telling stories has been our most fundamental communication method. It is the oldest method of communication in the world and has obvious medical benefits to the human mind. Its benefits for things like dementia and other cognitive or age-related conditions has been well documented, for when you tell or listen to a story, all areas of the brain are set in motion. There is nothing quite like storytelling for teaching children.

Remember, as long as there have been people, there have been those who tell their stories, and you can be one of them.

To listen to the Talking Stories shows, visit wavidi.co/talkingstories. For more information and to contact Tony, email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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