Hugh Lupton is one of Britain’s leading storytellers. Hugh Lupton’s interest in traditional music, in street theatre, in live poetry, and in myth, resulted in him becoming a professional storyteller in 1981 (there were perhaps half a dozen in Britain at the time), working largely in schools. In 1985 he formed the Company of Storytellers with Ben Haggarty and Pomme Clayton with a view to taking storytelling to adult audiences (until that point it had been perceived as an art-form for children). For twelve years the Company toured Britain, running workshops, performing at Arts Centres and theatres, organising festivals, and working in education. They were deeply involved with the National Oracy Project. Their work was instrumental in stimulating a nation-wide revival of interest in storytelling. Hugh Lupton has also, over the last ten years, worked in collaboration with singer and composer Helen Chadwick, with violinist Chris Wood, with percussionist Rick Wilson, and with artist Liz McGowan, widening and challenging the possibilities of the form. His work with Daniel Morden on the Greek epics (The Iliad, the Odyssey and Metamorphoses) has received wide acclaim. Hugh Lupton’s annual week-long workshops on Myth and Landscape (co-run with Eric Maddern) at the Ty Newydd writers centre in North Wales have explored much of the Anglo-Celtic mythological repertoire, and have inspired a generation of tellers. He has toured Africa and South America for the British Council and regularly performs in Europe and the USA. He has published several collections of folk-tales including the award winning Tales of Wisdom and Wonder described by the Independent as ‘Lucid and haunting… a book to treasure.’ He has appeared on radio and television (most recently Late Junction on radio 3, Something Understood on radio 4, King Arthur on the Discovery Channel and Beowulf for the Open University on BBC 2). He has continued with his involvement in education throughout his career. In 2005 Hugh Lupton had work commissioned by the National Theatre and BBC radio 3’s Late Junction. His song ‘One in a Million’ (co-written with Chris Wood) has won 'Best Original Song' award in the 2006 BBC folk awards. Over the last few of years Hugh has performed at the Barbican Theatre, the British Museum, Hay Festival, Bath Literature Festival, Edinburgh Festival, Sidmouth Folk Festival, Bergen Festival and the Oslo Storytelling Festival, The Symphony Space Theatre in New York, the Purcell Room, Gratz Storytelling Festival in Austria, Alden Biesen Festival in Belgium, Karen Blixen Theatre in Copenhagen, Beyond the Border Festival in South Wales, American Libraries Association Annual Conference in San Francisco, the Live Theatre in Newcastle....... and numerous arts centres, historic sites, village halls, storytelling clubs and schools the length and breadth of Britain. He has toured Swaziland, Lesotho, Argentina and Chile for the British Council. You can find him on Facebook and his website.
In the nineteenth century, Lady Charlotte Guest (with a team of Welsh scholars) translated a series of stories from Welsh