Lyrici Arts

4. Caribbean Storytime with Anansi The Spider and Brer Rabbit for 3-12 year olds- 4th April 2017

Caribbean Storytime with Anansi The Spider and Brer Rabbit for 3-12 year olds


Photography by LUKE MILES. Copyright 2017

Caribbean Storytime with Anansi The Spider and Brer Rabbit for 3-12 year olds

Caribbean Story-time with Anansi the Spider and Brer Rabbit was a storytelling session delivered by a qualified Medway based Nursery Officer, Marilyn Augustus, who holds a NVQ3 in Childcare and originates from Anguilla in the Caribbean, and accompanied by a physical storyteller, H Patten from Music for Change.  H. Patten is a dancer and choreographer of Jamaican ancestry who understands the importance of Anansi stories in Caribbean culture.

Anansi is an African folktale character who often takes the shape of a spider and is considered to be the spirit of all knowledge of stories. He is also one of the most important characters of West African and Caribbean folklore.

Brer Rabbit is a trickster figure originating from African folklore and transmitted by African slaves to the New World. Brer Rabbit continually outsmarts his bigger animal associates, Brer Fox, Brer Wolf, and Brer Bear.

The session explained a brief background to the Anansi the Spider and Brer Rabbit oral stories; including how they originated from slavery times, how the tradition was kept alive and orally transmitted from one generation to another, and that all the stories end with specific moral advice or proverbs which enabled past generations to have a cultural instrument of sharing in a new land.

Marilyn read one Brer Rabbit story to the children and clarified the themes of the stories’ messages with them through discussion and play. H Patten performed a live storytelling performance of an Anansi The Spider story and reinforced the morals behind the story. He chose a story from his own collection of published books: Clever anansi and the Boastful Bullfrog.

At the end of the session children were invited to create an animal craft. The April 2017 craft session included the choice of a rabbit headband, to also tie in with the Easter Holidays, or a spider headband. A qualified face painter was also available for the children to transform into any of the animals they heard in the stories. Face painting was supplied by Medway based organisation ’Like a Magpie' who is fully insured, experienced and DBS checked.

Ages: 3-12



It was a lovely morning. The storytellers were very engaging and entertaining.
— Anon
It was fun and good to hear stories from other cultures.
— Anon