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The Lorelei
Episode 107th April 2021 • Crossroads Cantina • Beth Connor
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In this episode, we meet Melinoe in a story by Heather McQuaid. 

This story was inspired by Heinrich Heine's poem "Die Lorelei" (The Lorelei). You can see the original German poem and a decent English translation here 

Translation ⓒ Richard Stokes, the author of The Book of Lieder, published by Faber, provided courtesy of Oxford Lieder 


In Greek mythology, Melinoe is the goddess of ghosts and spirits and the bringer of nightmares. I've portrayed her as a forthright soda-slurping tween (in the story) and a mysterious dream-reader in the cantina. 

By day, Heather runs a little agency ( that helps people and companies unlock their creativity. By night, she writes about profane parrots, drunken poets in Pittsburgh, and malfunctioning amygdalas.   


To read more of Heather's stories, check out her page: and 


You can find The Lorelei here:

And another story about Melinoe here:


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Episode Written By Heather McQuaid

Produced by Beth Connor



Michael Connor as the Bartender

Beth Connor as Melinoe and Narrator


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