The classical Arabic version of a poetry slam or rap battle, Zajal originated in Lebanon and is practiced across the Middle East and the United Arab Emirates. Competitions pit one poet or spoken-word artist against another. One poet recites a stanza (often insulting the opponent), then the other responds with a stanza using the same meter and rhyme.

This week we are going to have an international focus and look at stories and storytelling around the world.

All around the world people learn similar life lessons from the stories, fables and parables told in their culture. Although they are told in different languages and in different traditions, these stories share more similarities than differences.

Stories from other places and cultures help us to understand other people’s experiences and imagine what life is like for different people. International stories can help you imagine what it would be like to celebrate Eid in Kuwait, go on a family road trip in Australia, wait for the Biblioburro to arrive in Colombia and much more.

Enjoy exploring these international authors, books and stories from around the world.

– Mrs Colquhoun

Wednesday 19th August: A story from Ireland


  • Áine Ní Ghlinn, Laureate na nÓg (Ireland Children’s Laureate) 2020-2022 reads from her novel Boscadán.

BBCTeach - Tales Around the World

A series of short animated short films, for children 5 – 7, based on folktales from around the world. This includes stories from Brazil, India, Israel, Iraq, Pakistan and Nigeria. The stories are narrated by Maureen Lipman, Meera Syal and others.

Storynory - Audio stories from around the world

Storynory provides a range of free audio books to enjoy – including a section on myths of Greece, Rome, ancient Norse legends, and stories from around the world.


WorldStories is a growing collection of stories from around the world. The collection includes retold traditional tales and new short stories in the languages most spoken by UK children. Stories are available in 31 different languages!