New Fable

By Louis Lefaix

A Hare was making fun of the Tortoise one day for being so slow. “Do you ever get anywhere?” he asked with a mocking laugh. “Yes,” replied the Tortoise, “and I get there sooner than you think. I’ll run you a race and prove it.” Everyone knows how this story ends. The tortoise winning taught us that you can be more successful by doing things slowly and steadily than by acting quickly and carelessly. This Tale is so simple, yet it carries a thoughtful message. This probably explains why it is known universally. It is a fable, a style of storytelling that is brief and carries a moral.

“The Hare and the Tortoise” was first recounted in Ancient Greece. It was written by Aesop a Greek fabulist and storyteller. It is uncertain exactly when Aesop was born but is estimated to 620 BC. He is often regarded as the creator of the fable genre. At the time the stories were recounted orally.

Although no writings by him survived, numerous tales were credited to him throughout the centuries. These tales are collectively known as Aesop’s Fables. In these fables we’ll find anthropomorphic animal characters or animal that have received human traits.

Aēsop is also an Australian world renown cosmetics brand. Funnily enough, they have partnered up Literary Hub to create Future Fables.

Future Fables is a podcast series that explores fables written by authors of today. These tales retain the brevity of the original fables. And involve a cast of fantastical creatures, personified animals whose adventure delivers a thought-provoking message. The ancient format of the fable is used to reflect upon modern problematics. While paying homage to the predecessors of the genre by borrowing the genre. Who better fit to host this podcast than a brand that shares the same name as Aesop, regarded by many as the first fable writer.

Finally, if fables interest you, then surely you’ll enjoy storytelling in the form of cinema. The big screen takes narration to its fullest potential. The Institute of Contemporary Art is showcasing a new selection of films this January. Including Enys Men, a promising folk horror movie. So, if you’re a horror enthusiast, you should check it out. It will be at ICA cinema on the 14th

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Enys Men at ICA Cinema

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