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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

Lapis: Sister Friends

Lapis, the Egyptian cat, has to share her home with another cat. She is not pleased.Support the show.

Lapis the Egyptian Cat

Introducing a new catty character with magical powers that do not always work as they are supposed to do.Support the show.

Why do we have fears? Interview

Are you scared of the dark? Of Spiders? Of Dogs? Jana explores why we have fears, and why sometimes, our fears are too strong for our own good – and become phobias. She speaks to Andrew West, a psychiatrist who works with children and young people.Su…

The Son of Croesus

Herodotus 7. The anger of the gods is coming for Croesus, after he boasted of being the richest and happiest person in the world.Support the show.

The Old Woman Who Lost Her Dumpling

A story from Japan that will make you laugh, featuring a funny old woman, a Jizo and some Oni with giant appetites.Support the show.

Wicked Uncle’s April Fool Mystery

Grandma believes in supernatural goings-on around the house, and it drives Dad CRAZY! Then peculiar things start to happen to him. Magic? Or an April Fool trick? Can you solve the mystery?Support the show.


Emily is 12 years old. She is enjoying her independence, walking to school with her best friend Heidi. But she has one big fear in her life. What is it?Support the show.

Jana’s Studio : I Spy With My Little Eye – A Look into our Eyes

Jana meets Paul Kinnear, an ophthalmologist (a doctor specialising in eyes), to learn about our eyes and how we can keep them healthy. Paul also shares a couple of eye jokes and his favourite eye poem !Support the show.

Astropup in the Virtual Reality World

Astropup, and the Parrot try on some Virtual Reality glasses that make space travel totally blissful. But danger lurks. Kindly sponsored by RXBAR Kids the show.