about us

José Manuel de Prada-Samper

I was born in Salamanca, Spain, although I have spent most of my life in Barcelona.  I studied at the University of Barcelona and also at Columbia University, in New York. Recently I obtained my doctorate at the University of Alcalá de Henares, in Spain, with a thesis about the lion stories of the /Xam San.

In 1988 I read Bleek and Lloyd’s Specimens of Bushman Folklore (1911) and from that moment the study of stories and storytellers has been my passion. I have published six books in Spanish of stories from different parts of the world, including La niña que creó las estrellas (“The Girl who Made the Stars”), a collection of tales from the /Xam San of the Northern Cape, taken from that world treasure that is the Bleek-Lloyd Collection.

Only since 2007, when I met Helena, I have I began telling stories myself.

Helena Cuesta

I was born in Valladolid but moved to Barcelona in 1999. I studied History of Art and Medieval History at the university of my home town. I studied that maybe because I like to see things from different points of view and also, because I like to look into the past to better understand the present and contribute to build a better future.

Storytelling began for me as a museum guide for art exhibitions, but after a few years traditional tales entered my life and through them I discovered an inexhaustible source of wonderful images.

I have told stories at festivals, weddings, book launches, birthdays… and also in libraries, pubs, theatres, convents, prisons and even in the streets during Barcelona´s “Big Festival”


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