Hosted ByBertie

Storynory brings you an audio story every week. Each one is beautifully read by Natasha and friends.

Storynory has been giving the world free audio stories since 2005. The show’s most faithful fans grew up listening to the podcasting pioneer and still tune in. Regular listeners, mostly in the 6 to 10 age range, are familiar with Storynory’s cast of characters, Astropup, Katie the Witch, Uncle Jeff, and Lapis the Ancient Egyptian Cat. Feedback suggests that the audience often listens as a family, with parents and teachers as captivated as the children.

The original stories are interspersed with myths and unusual fairy tales adapted from around the world. All are beautifully read by classically trained actors, Richard Scott, Natasha Lewis, and Elizabeth Donnelly. Much of the material is written by Storynory’s founder, Hugh Fraser (pen name Bertie) whose children’s novel, Dotty’s First Year at as a Human, will be published by Walker Books next year. Storynory also features original music, sound effects, and poems.

The archive of stories features 750 audio recordings and continues to grow with regular additions. It has found a global audience, with listeners in the UK, USA, Asia, and Australia. Its stories have been licensed by Google for use on Google Home, as well as by local radio stations, app developers and toy manufacturers around the world. Its commercial partners have included Audible, RxBar and Wicked Uncle.

All Episodes

The Jungle Book – Part 1

A family of wolves adopts a human baby boy – but Shear Khan the lame tiger wants the man-child for himself.Support the show: for privacy information.

Herodotus – the Pyramids

The ancient Pyramids of Egypt were built 4,500 years ago. The ancient Greek Herodotus tells us how they were built – and mentions some projects that he thinks are even more amazing.Support the show:…

Winter Time

A frosty but cosy winter scene set in a poem by Robert Louis Stevenson Support the show: for privacy information.

Away in a manger

Merry Christmas! A cute version of traditional Christmas Carol, sung by JanaSupport the show: for privacy information.

The Nosy Neighbour

Happy Hanukkah! A little history of the Jewish Celebration of Lights, and a story that features lots of festive food. Support the show: for privacy information.

Katie and the Magical Deer

Katie finds a deer with golden antlers in her garden. He seems very friendly. How did he get there? Support the show: for privacy information.

Song of a Dream

Happy Diwali! Song of a Dream’, a charming poem by the Indian Poetess, Sarojini Naidu, whom Mahatma Gandhi called the “Indian Nightingale”Support the show: for privacy information.

The Strangest Flight

Mum’s birthday is on Halloween. The family is flying to New York to celebrate, but the plane they board is not at all what they are expecting – it is luxurious, old fashioned, and rather strange. Support the show: o…

The Wild Swans at Coole

Have you heard the “bell-beat” of swans wings as they fly over the water? This poem by WB Yeats evokes that sound as well as the autumn months. Support the show: for privacy information.