Storytelling Online – Syrian-style

Beautiful stories, read by the UK's best loved voices

The Hands Up Foundation has started a wonderful storytelling service on its website and social channels. While we hunker down, they have found some of the leading lights of television and the arts to tell stories that you and your family can listen to for free. Readers include some of Britain’s best-loved voices, including journalists David Dimbleby and Mishal Husain, as well as explorer Levison Wood and actor Samuel West.

Hands Up is a young charity set up to help communities in Syria and on its borders survive the appalling conditions created by war. Started in 2014, it was inspired by two friends, both of whom lived in Syria before coming back to the UK as a result of the conflict.

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#1 David Dimbleby: ‘The Slaying of the Corona Dragon’

#2 Mishal Husain: Extract from ‘The Battle for Home’, Marwa al-Sabouni

#3 Al Hakawati (The Storyteller) Iain Burnside: ‘One Art’, Elizabeth Bishop & ‘Tea’, Carol Ann Du y.

#4 Al Hakawati (The Storyteller) Jan Ravens: ‘Catching the Bus’ a short story by Philippa Gregory

#5 Al Hakawati (The Storyteller) Petroc Trelawny: ‘A Dragon Apparent’ by Norman Lewis

#6 Al Hakawati (The Storyteller) Levison Wood: reading from his book ‘The Last Giants’

#7 Al Hakawati (The Storyteller) Brigid Keenan: ‘Lady Damascus’

#8 Al Hakawati (The Storyteller) Samuel West: ‘Melisande’ by E Nesbit

#9 Al Hakawati (The Storyteller) Clare Balding: ‘Walking Home: My Family and Other Rambles’ Dates to be confirmed for the artist Norman Ackroyd and surgeon David Nott.



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