Anansi's Quest of Quests

Watch the Story...

Basic telling

Can you believe there was once a time when there were no stories in this world? In this video, our Epic Storyteller Janina shares this remarkable African Ashanti folk tale in a style that's accessible to all.

Once you've watched this telling of the story, try watching the enhanced version below to see if you can spot the differences – and see how many new words you can already understand without needing to use a dictionary...!

Enhanced Telling

After you've listened to this telling of the story, can you guess what some of these words or phrases mean? Have a think first, then check with a dictionary to see if you are right: click here for our favourite online dictionary.


And afterwards, try using these words in your own writing for your grown-ups and teachers – or even in the Creative Challenge below...!

"exceptionally distressing"
"moral creatures"
"single-mindedly resolute"
"most illustrious"
This story's Epic Challenge!

Anansi's story tells us a lot about stories themselves: where they came from, how they got here... and how to make a good one! Could you set a story quest for Anansi?

Watch this video for some ideas to get you started, then send your creations to us for a chance to get a mention in our next #EpicSharingShpecial...!

Sharing Shpecial!

Every weekend, we post a bonus video featuring your responses to our stories, your own stories, your attempts at our Creative Challenges, and more!


This week we continue the spidery theme with a story created by 7-year-old Luke when Chip met him on travels around Cambridgeshire...

Even more story resources...


Click the podcast link below to stream or download an audio telling of the story.

For grown-ups

Click the podcast link below to stream or download a discussion between our storytellers and some creative teachers and parents, to discover this story's links to the National Curriculum – along with fun ways to explore those links with your children.

Click the link below to download a written version of the story to read.

You can now visit our archive of past stories, or have another listen to this week's story.

Or why not find us on Facebook or Twitter and leave us a message? We'd love to hear from you!

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