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 Boy Who Loved to Draw Cats

A boy is training to be a zen monk in Japan. Life in the monastery is hard. There is one thing he loves to do – and it is not to study or work in the garden.Support the show.

The Ugly Boatman

A story from Vietnam about a fisherman who plays a bamboo flute – if only his face was as beautiful as his music !Support the show.

Astropup and the Best Hotdog in the Universe

Food is running low on board the spaceship carrying our heroes. The parrot takes them in search of the best hotdog in the Universe.Support the show.

The Three Dogs

A boy sets out with three loyal dogs and they slay a dragon on their way. Watch out for twists and turns in the story!Support the show.

The Riddling Knight

An ancient story sung in a ballad that mixes riddles and romance. Richard and Jana sing a duet -with Richard taking the part of a Knight and Jana the part of Nelly.Support the show.

The Wind and the Moon

A gusty poem by the Scottish writer, George MacDonald. The wind is trying to bully the moon – can he succeed?Support the show.

How Love and Peace Came To the Woods

This ancient story by Aesop is brought up to date. The moral remains the same – when somebody tells you of their love and friendship, remember to judge them by their deeds, not their words.Support the show.

Hiawatha’s Childhood

Hiawatha learns Native American legends from his grandmother Nokomis.Support the show.

Bertie and Beatrice’s Dreams Part 2

We continue the story of Bertie and Beatrice’s dreams. Beatrice has called off the wedding, left the palace, and gone to live in the town and look for a job. How will the ex-princess get on in the “real world”?Support the show.