Caribbean islands are rich in oral stories. Steeped in history where ancestors arrived as slaves, many stories are of West African origin. Carried to the islands with rhythm and song, stories were blended with European and East Indian folklore. Professional Storyteller Wendy Shearer has gathered together stories from many islands, with themes of magic and mystery, love and loss, tricksters and fools.

This evening, Cric! Crac! perhaps you will be enchanted by La Diablesse from Haiti or outsmarted by the trickster Anansi, or terrified by the shape-shifting Soucouyant in Guyana


Wendy Shearer is the author of ‘African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends’ and one of the authors of ‘Bedtime Stories: Beautiful Black Tales from the Past’. Her third book: ‘Caribbean Folktales: stories from the islands and the Windrush Generation will be published by The History Press in May 2022.

“Wendy Shearer is a masterful storyteller, bringing everyone with her imaginatively and playfully at the Just Imagine Festival.” – Literature & Spoken Word Programmer, SouthBank Centre.”