Interviews with Storytellers - Hugh Lupton

Hugh Lupton


Tell us something about your background. 

Street theatre, folk music, writing, teaching, all came together to make me a storyteller in the late seventies.

Where in the world are you?

Norfolk, England.

How long have you been telling stories?

I started some 30 something years ago and work in arts centres, theatres, festivals, schools etc.

Why did you become a storyteller?

Because I love traditional material, because I’m interested in the power of the spoken word… its invocatory qualities. 

Where do you get your stories from?

Other tellers, books, biographies, and imagination.

What advice do you have for aspiring storytellers?

Two things: see what you’re telling in your mind’s eye and only tell what you like.

Who is your favourite storyteller?

The Williamsons – Duncan & Robin.

Do you have a favourite story?

The Mabinogion.

Who is your favourite folklore/ mythological character and why?

Odysseus because he is a trickster/wanderer/father/husband.

What are you reading at the moment?

‘Becoming Animal’ by David Abram.