Hugh Lupton

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Hugh Lupton

Hugh Lupton is a British storyteller, one of the most prominent figures in the tradition of oral storytelling.

Early life and career[edit]

Lupton was born in 1952, the eldest child of Francis G. H. Lupton and Mary Gee/Lupton.[1] 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. As of 2013 he was based at Spratt's Green near Aylsham.[2] [3][4][5]

Lupton co-founded the Company of Storytellers (with Ben Haggarty and Sally Pomme Clayton) in 1985,[6][7] 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).

Children's books[edit]

  • 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
  • la voz de los sueñosy otros cuentos(2003)
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


Lupton won the "Hodja Cup" (named for the Mulla Nasreddin: "The truth is something I have never spoken.") at The Crick Crack Club's renowned Grand Lying Contest[8] in 2010.


  1. ^ "Index entry". FreeBMD. ONS. Retrieved 2 November 2014.
  2. ^ Treasured Tales - Home - EDP Norfolk Magazine Retrieved 2016-0-31.
  3. ^ Norfolk, Eastern Daily Press -. "Treasured Tales". EDP - 13 August 2013. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  4. ^ Nikkhah, Roya. "Arthur Ransome's family deny double agent claims". UK Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2013.
  5. ^ 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". (subscription required)
  6. ^ Tales, Tellers and Texts, by Gabrielle Cliff Hodges, Morag Styles, Mary Jane Drummond, p. viii.
  7. ^ Performing at the Barbican Centre, London, the Beyond the Border Festival and many other venues. See for instance the Beyond the Border Archive Archived 6 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine.[page needed]
  8. ^ Review by Judith Palmer, The Independent, 6 April 1999.

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