Category: Creative Corner

Psychogeography & Landscape in ‘Spirits of Place’: An Interview with Contributors

Spirits of Place is an anthology examining the relationship between place and narrative: how stories, folkloric or historic, become embedded in a location.

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From Generation to Generation: An Exploration of Myth and Landscape in the Work of Alan Garner

The emotional and spiritual dimension of being in place, in the work of Alan Garner, powerfully reminds us of our connection to the land and stories.

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The Shadows and Light Folktale Series: Discovering Story-Power

For a writer whose most famous book is about the biology of animal faeces, it may seem like a stretch to be creating stories with their roots in folktales.

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The Secret History of the Grimm Fairy Tales

Like many people, I thought the Grimm brothers had lived long ago & travelled around Germany collecting stories from old women hunched over spinning wheels.

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Bringing Venetian Folklore to the Big Screen: The Plague Doctor

Though we’ve not lost any of our academic appreciation for the hearthside story or campsite tall tale, it cannot be denied that we as a species have moved into the art of…

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Hopeless Maine: A New Lovecraftian Graphic Novel Series

Willow Winsham talks to Tom and Nimue Brown, the creators of the Hopeless, Maine graphic novel series ...

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Folk Tales and Fairy Tales: Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

One of the things I wanted to do was to confront popular misconceptions about fairy tales, such as ‘fairy tales are all about princes rescuing princesses.’

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The Seal Children: Sealskins and Soulskins. Or, When We Were Migrants

The first story that I found in this land where I live was The Seal Children, and as we walk the path to Maes Y Mynydd where the story is set, my…

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Ghosts and Apparitions in Punch Cartoons

From figures of power to figures of fun, ghosts and apparitions changed dramatically in Punch cartoons over the course of two centuries.

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Old Tails in New Bottles: Folklore’s Influence on Pulp Fiction Werewolves

Werewolves are considered to be a traditional monster in the twenty-first-century popular culture.

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Kent Galleries: Depicting Classical Mythology in Art

David Kent is a British artist captivated by mythology, and from this have sprung a wonderful series of paintings: the Mythology Collection.

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Telling Tales to Children

There are two main challenges to retelling folklore, myths and legends for children: making the story suitable and fun for the child audience (listeners or readers); and being as faithful and sensitive…

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Some Words About ‘The Quiet Music’ from Jackie Morris

At present I am tangled in brambles and ivy, steeped in acorns and oak and painting the rhythm of the air as it moves through the feathers of a raven’s wing. I…

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Matlock Hare and the Three Hares Symbol

Three – some say, is the lucky number. Others find it equally as unlucky, citing dark suspicions about Shakespeare’s ‘weird-systers’ in the equally infamous ‘Scottish Play’. Love it, loathe it, dismiss it, debunk it,…

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The Transformative Power of Myth and Folk Tales

Myths and folk tales are an ancient legacy: the legacy of many millennia of human interaction with the land which gives us life, and with the non-human others who occupy it with…

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Matlock the Hare: The ‘Real’ Workings of a Majickal Hare

Hares and folklore… hmmm… how many words, I wonder (or ‘griffles’, even?), have been written about this one bounding, leaping, boxing wonder? A million?

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Fairy Tales and Folktales: The Magical Art of Katherine Soutar

Today Willow Winsham talks with artist Katherine Soutar, illustrator of the Folktales series by the History Press.

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On Myth and Masks: An Interview with Artist Paul Watson

It is a great pleasure to welcome Paul Watson back to the #FolkloreThursday website this month with an in-depth look at his evocative new book Myth and Masks.

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Tatterdemalion: a Needle, an Egg, a Novel Being Born

'I can’t describe to you what it feels like to hold your own death in a needle in your hands,' says the childless Molly in Tatterdemalion.

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Creative Corner: The Three-Tailed Fox

Have you ever heard of the three-tailed fox?

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