The Tailor and his Wife

Added to celebrate World Storytelling Day, 20th March 2014.

This wonderful Scottish comic tale is one of my favourites when telling to adult audiences.
I first met the story in the excellent collection Scottish Traditional Tales, ed. A.J. Bruford and D.A. MacDonald (Edinburgh, 1994). They collected it from Alisdair Stewart.

The recording was made as part of A Very British Evening, with Welsh storyteller David Ambrose, during the 5th Internationale Erzählkunstfestival Innsbruck in Nov. 2013.

Here is a skeleton text of the tale.


The story is also on my CD Jack goes Hunting and an audio download of the individual story is available.


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