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The Unknown Storyteller Project
To learn more about my research and keep informed about forthcoming publications, please sign up to my mailing list via the link at the top of this page and/or join my Unknown Storyteller Facebook page and group.
I currently offer courses in the methodology on line and on request - please contact me for more information or click below.
Signed Limited Edition Hardback
(10 Aug 2022) £40
(Ships in August 2022)
Paperback
(1 Nov 2022) £29.95
(Ships in October 2022)
"Beats Joseph Campbell at his own game."
Simon Heywood,
University of Derby


"Genius approach ... Does for story
what Foucault did for history."
Alexander Tsigkas,
Democritus University of Thrace
Faced with stories of magical bears that transform into wisps of smoke that make fascinating patterns on the walls of a wigwam, or talking fish that grant any wish we want, who'd want to go beyond that magical world to look at the patterns, or structures, of the stories in which these magical and mysterious characters appear?

Beyond that magical world, there's a brand-new world full of new information about story that awaits us!

This is the world of the Unknown Storyteller


There are so many new things we can learn about story - even though we've been telling stories for literally thousands of years. Most importantly, we can discover new things about story structures that will prove useful to writers, narrative therapists, creative writing teachers, storytellers, story lovers and inquisitive, curious human beings. These things will inspire us, help us engage more authentically in what we love doing, and have the story we want to see unfold in our lives manifest itself through the way we live our lives.

My research centres on using George Spencer-Brown's Calculus of Indications (CoI), as outlined in his book, Laws of Form, to analyse story structure. It's a powerful tool which reveals a surprising amount of new information about story and how it works.

I was fortunate enough to become George Spencer-Brown's last student. I got to know him in the last three years of his life. At first, he mentored me weekly, taking me through Laws of Form, following which we developed a meaningful friendship which lasted until his death.

Find out more in the introductory video below.
An introduction to

Laws of Form

Since its first publication in 1969, the book has become something of a cult classic. It outlines a powerful content-free calculus based on a single act of making a distinction. From there, Spencer-Brown traces the path the universe takes to come into being, in and of itself, in order (as he argues) to know itself.
The free 15-part on-line course presents a close reading of the main body of the book and goes through it chapter by chapter, theorem by theorem, consequence by consequence, looking at the proofs step by step, expanding and explaining the shorthand references Spencer-Brown presents in the elegant but minimalistic main body of his work.
LoF22
The 2022 Laws of Form conference (LoF22) will take place on
Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th, August 2022
in The Old Library at the University of Liverpool, 23 Abercromby Square, Liverpool L69 7ZN.

This is the same venue in which LoF50 took place in August 2019.

There are no fees for attending the conference, for giving a presentation, or for submitting a synopsis of your paper. Facilities for giving presentations by video link will be available for those who, due to distance, are unable to attend in person. Presentations will be recorded and made available on YouTube. It is intended that, after the conference, as with LoF50, the papers will be compiled into a book.

LoF22 is being organised in cooperation with West Den Haag, an international platform for contemporary art. www.westdenhaag.nl

Details of how to submit proposals for presentations will follow shortly.

We warmly invite you to LoF22 and hope to see you there.

With best wishes,

Florian, Graham, Leon and Randy.
LoF22 Organising Committee
Story and Structure Signed Limited Edition Hardback
One of a Special Numbered Edition limited to only 450 copies. Harness the power of story to access more flow in your life.
Using just six primary symbols, Story and Structure tells the untold story of how story works. It outlines eighteen story structures and shows how they all contain optimal solutions to the different kinds of problems which give rise to each of them. The book reveals hitherto unfathomed depths to narrative, demonstrates a much wider application of storytelling than is generally perceived and presents story as a dynamic force of life.
£
40
Story and Structure Paperback
Harness the power of story to access more flow in your life.
Using just six primary symbols, Story and Structure tells the untold story of how story works. It outlines eighteen story structures and shows how they all contain optimal solutions to the different kinds of problems which give rise to each of them. The book reveals hitherto unfathomed depths to narrative, demonstrates a much wider application of storytelling than is generally perceived and presents story as a dynamic force of life.
£
29.95
Aesop the Storyteller Book and Audio CD
Twelve versified Aesopic fables laid out to encourage vibrancy in reading aloud. The fables are perfectly complemented by Alessandro Scafi's charming illustrations and Leon's virtuosic audio recordings of the poems.
£
12
History Riddles
How well do you know your history? Pit your wits against this collection of 30 cultural riddles featuring popular historical stories and legends.
How many riddles will you be able to solve?
Engage with these riddles out of sheer fun and curiosity as a reader, or use them when facilitating an Odyssey Dynamic Learning System journey (Liberalis Books, 2015). You'll find they intrigue, tease, inform, educate, enlighten, and entertain. Still guessing? There are clues to help you. Think you've cracked them? Check out the background information for the answers and for suggestions on exploring topics further.
Enjoy stories? Enjoy history? You'll love this book!
£
11.99
Odyssey: Dynamic Learning Journey
Imagine you're in a room, looking at a colourful grid of many different shapes spread out on a wall. There's something intriguing about it—something almost magical. There are triangles, circles, squares, stars. Each has something on it—a word or diagram. There's one shape of each colour … placed in a strange formation … what could the underlying pattern be? It's as if each shape is a door or window to another world; the whole display a chocolate box for the mind—a magical carriage to take you on a journey through your imagination. Get ready to embark on your very own Odyssey journey—a unique journey unlike any you've ever gone on before.
£
13.99

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