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Edward Parnell is a graduate of the prestigious MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia. His prize-winning, gothic-tinged debut novel The Listeners (winner of the 2014 Rethink New Novels Competition) is set in rural Norfolk at the beginning of WWII – and local nature, folklore and superstitions feature heavily throughout. For more information visit his website at: http://www.edwardparnell.com

Each autumn thousands of migrant redwings, fieldfares and bramblings visit the UK from their Scandinavian breeding grounds

A couple of month’s ago I happened upon a copy of A Dictionary of British Folk-Lore by Alice Gomme, a