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 Goblin Spider

A creepy-crawly story from Japan about a Samurai who must stay the night in a temple haunted by a giant Goblin-SpiderSupport the show.

The Pot of Broth

A cunning old soldier has a “magical” stone that can make a pot of broth – although it could taste better with the help of Sibby Connelly’s Chicken – adapted from a play by WB YeatsSupport the show.

Jana’s Studio – Million Dollar Ideas

Jana’s new factual programme interviews Jeremy Howell of BBC TV about Million Dollar Ideas – those everyday objects around your house that somebody invented and which made millions of $$$$$$$$!Support the show.

Song – Five Little Ducks

It’s the classic preschool song – but we’ve changed it around a little. Ours is a folky version with sweet singing by Jana – a slightly different tune and a different ending. All ages might enjoy it !Support the show.

Elfie and the Elf’s Adventure – Competition Winner

A short and sweet story – the final winner in our best or worst ever present writing competition. A little girl wants a puppy, but Santa say No – it’s not safe to deliver puppies.Support the show.

Last Christmas Together

Veena’s best friend is a boy at the local orphanage. She is sad because her family are moving to another town, and she will never see him again. A winner in our best / worst present ever competition.Support the show.

The Prehistoric Christmas Present – Competition Winner

Way back in time, a boy receives a pet as a present – but his mother says he can’t keep it because it will grow, and grow and grow – one of the winners in our “best and worst” present competition .Support the show.

Jim’s Tree Hut – A Competition Winner

The first of four winners from our Christmas Writing Competition – Jim is a monkey who lives in New Zealand – he has a very special idea for how to spend Christmas with his friends.Support the show.

4, Herodotus, the Burnt Temple

King Alyattes of Lydia is at war with the Greek city of Miletus. His soldiers accidentally burn down a temple of Athena. Alyattes falls ill. Coincidence? Or the curse of the Greek Goddess?Support the show.