‘Nasruddin was taking a shortcut home through the cemetery, where a burial was in progress. As he walked past the group of mourners, he overheard one of them saying: “Today is a sad day for us all. We have buried an honest man and a politician.”
‘A sad day indeed, Nasruddin thought to himself. I didn’t realise that the situation was so dire that they are now compelled to bury two people in the same grave!”‘
April Fool’s Day is celebrated across the world. In Scotland it’s known as Huntigowk Day, a corruption of “hunt the gowk“, gowk being Scots for a cuckoo or a foolish person. In Spanish-speaking countries and the Philippines it’s the Holy Day of Innocents, in Poland, Turkey, Iran and Israel a day of pranks, in Ukraine a day of clowning, and in Lebanon and Nordic countries a day of lies. Though, as we know, traditionally the role of fools and jesters has been to speak truth to power.
So for April we invite tales of tricksters and innocents, foolery, pranks, tricks, lies, hoaxes and other outlandish stories. Most folk and fairy tales contain an abundance of these, and there are always the Nasruddin, Wise Men of Chelm, and Wise Men of Gotham stories, which you can find online. Some of these are very short, more like jokes, which might be way to begin if you want to dip your toe into the water of storytelling.
If you’d like to book a slot (ten minutes max.) to tell a story, please contact Karen: email@example.com
And we look forward to seeing you for an evening of much-needed fun, frolics and, not always innocent, foolery.