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Simon Young is a British historian based in Italy, specialising in supernatural beliefs. His recent books include Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies: 500 AD to the Present with Ceri Houlbrook (ed), a collection of fairylore essays; also The Fairy Census: 2014 - 2017, which is available to download for free. Visit his website here.

The Fairy Census: 2014-2017 is a collection of modern fairy sightings. These have been collected through an internet questionnaire via

A nineteenth century autobiography written by the minister William Leask offers a fascinating insight into supernatural belief in contemporary Orkney.