Hugh Lupton is a British storyteller, one of the most prominent figures in the Oral Storytelling Tradition.
Early life and career
Lupton was born in 1952, the eldest recorded child of Francis G. H. Lupton and Mary Gee/Lupton. He is the great nephew of Arthur Ransome (1884-1967) whom, as a boy, he often visited. Lupton can recall hearing his great uncle's classic children’s stories set in Norfolk and the Lake District. "He (Ransome) was very old by then, in his dotage, but I remember him and stories were very important as I grew up." Lupton was born in Cambridgeshire, where there was much family heritage, and educated at the King's College School, Cambridge. He studied to become a teacher in Norwich. 
Lupton co-founded the Company of Storytellers (with Ben Haggarty and Sally Pomme Clayton) in 1985, and for a while ran a branch of The Crick Crack Club in Norfolk. Lupton tells a wide variety of stories, including epics such as Iliad and Odyssey, but also collections of shorter stories such as I become part of it (tales from the pre-world) and folktales such as The Three Snake Leaves (tales from the Grimm Forest).
- Freaky Tales from Far and Wide (1999)
- Norfolk Songline: Walking the Peddars Way (2000)
- The Songs of Birds: Poems and Stories from Many Cultures (2000)
- Tales of Wisdom and Wonder (2000), ill. Niamh Sharkey
- Pirican Pic and Pirican Mor (2003)
- The Gingerbread Man (2003)
- The Story Tree: Tales to Read Aloud (2005), ill. Sophie Fatus
- Riddle Me this: Riddles and Stories to Sharpen Your Wits (2007), ill. Sophie Fatus
- Tales of Mystery and Magic (2010), ill. Agnese Baruzzi
- With Daniel Morden
Lupton and the Welsh storyteller Daniel Morden have written several volumes retelling ancient Greek stories.
- The Adventures of Odysseus (2006), illustrated by Christina Balit
- The Adventures of Achilles (2012), ill. Carole Hénaff
- Theseus and the Minotaur (2013), ill. Hénaff
- Orpheus and Eurydice (2013), ill. Hénaff
- Demeter and Persephone (2013), ill. Hénaff
- "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- Fire, Angel. "HUGH LUPTON RADIO 4 (Transcript), FEBRUARY 2005". Angelfire, February 2005. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
- Norfolk, Eastern Daily Press -. "Treasured Tales". EDP - 13 August 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
- Nikkhah, Roya. "Arthur Ransome's family deny double agent claims". UK Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
- See for instance "Passing Through the Chink in Snout's Wall: Daniel Morden and the Devil's Violin", by Michael Wilson, Professor of Drama, University of Glamorgan, paper presented 15 November 2007, p. 4.
See for instance "How a secret agent crept off the page and infiltrated a corner of my mind", by Rachel Campbell-Johnston, The Times, 3 March 2005, where art critic Campbell-Johnston describes Lupton, along with his co-author Daniel Morden, as one of "Britain's finest storytellers". (login required)
- Tales, Tellers and Texts, by Gabrielle Cliff Hodges, Morag Styles, Mary Jane Drummond, p. viii.
- Performing at the Barbican Centre, London, the Beyond the Border Festival and many other venues. See for instance the Beyond the Border Archive.[page needed]
- Review by Judith Palmer, The Independent, 6 April 1999.
- "The Grand Lying Contest 2010 on Facebook: Hugh Lupton displays his ebay purchase" (photo). Kate Norgate. Facebook.
- Official website
- Lupton at Facebook
- Beyond the Border International Storytelling Festival
- Hugh Lupton at Library of Congress Authorities, with 11 catalogue records
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