Kate Denereaz revisits the story of Melusine: a half-woman, half-serpent hiding her curse from her human husband and their children. Leke Oso Alabi brings Menelik I into modern London, asking what the offspring the Queen of Sheba and the biblical King Solomon would make of our divided times. Rachel Long explores the uses of storytelling and survival through her own family mythology.
This week we’re roaming around the borderlands, where towns and cities meet the wild. Miriam Nash pulls up a seat at the fire with the Nine Mothers of Heimdallr. Leonardo Boix leaves gifts of rum and cigars for the forest-dwelling spirit Pombero, Señor De La Noche. The story of Baucis and Philemon teaches Nick Garrard to be kind to strangers, just in case they’re vengeful gods in disguise.
This is the week of wicked women. S. Niroshini faces down the goddess Kali. Lucia Dove visits Baba Yaga in her chicken leg hut at the edge of the forest. Joelle Taylor talks to the Furies, vengeful spirits who drive men insane. The hags and crones come out to play.
In this episode, Inua Ellams, Laurie Ogden and Alycia Pirmohamed unpack stories of travel and the heartbreak of homesickness. Featuring a mercenary Little Mermaid, a Persephone tale for third-culture kids, and Icarus fighting to survive in the refugee camps at the margins of Europe.
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