In this episode, the storyteller, Kathy Shimpock, will explore the power of story. What is it?  How can a simple tale impact our lives so deeply?   The story I will tell (as the wise crone) provides one answer. “The Story that Grew in My Heart” was crafted from a book written by Walter Hackett entitled The Swans of BalleyCastle. It contains clear references to Irish mythology and folklore. Finally, we’ll examine the role of the storyteller in sharing these stories.


  • The Swans of Ballycastle  by Walter Hackett. (NewYork: Ariel Books, 1954).
  • "The Children of Lir," (
  • "Oisin and Niamh in Tir no nOg,"  
  • More on Peg Sayers (

Cover illustration:   Photograph by Pixabay.
Music:  The Snow Queen Kevin MacLeod (  Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License. 
Copyright 2021 Kathy Shimpock.    All rights reserved. 

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