Let me Introduce You to …. Xanthe Gresham
A-Z Challenge letter: X – Xanthe
She speaks like a woman spitting jewels
Xanthe Gresham is a storyteller and author. She has travelled the world with her performance storytelling shows. Having grown up in the UK and studied literature at Oxford, Xanthe has spent much of the last twenty years performing tales from many cultures, specialising in religious myths from around the world.
Xanthe has also worked with Barefoot Books, which is how I first came to hear of her. Most recently, she retold The Princess and the Pea for Barefoot Books, as well as narrating the audio CDs for this book, as well as the others in the range – The Twelve Dancing Princesses and The Snow Queen.
Although she has written and narrated children’s books for Barefoot, much of her performance work is aimed at older children and adults and I was especially interested her series of Goddess Tales performances, looking at Hecate, Aphrodite, Isis, Baba Yaga, Morgana le Fey and others.
So when Barefoot Books announced last week that Xanthe would be attending the European Ambassadors’ Conference in Oxford next month and would be treating us to some of her performance storytelling, I was very excited indeed! This is one of my favourites aspects of being involved in Barefoot Books – I have met quite a number of authors and illustrators and we have a large and growing collection of signed copies at home. Bean especially loves to have signed copies and I will certainly take my opportunity to get a copy of The Princess and the Pea signed by Xanthe!