Zoe Gilbert is the winner of the Costa Short Story Award 2014. Her first novel, Folk, was published by Bloomsbury in 2018, and her stories have appeared in anthologies and journals worldwide. She is completing a creative writing PhD focusing on folk tales in contemporary fiction, and is the co-founder of London Lit Lab, where she teaches and mentors writers. She also co-hosts the Word Factory Short Story Club. Her next novel explores the history of a now-vanishing wood. She lives on a hill in South London. Follow her on Twitter or visit her website here.

The first tale of Zoe Gilbert's wonderful novel, Folk, now out in paperback. Read more about the novel here. Listen, for the beat

Writers have long retold folk tales just as musicians have reinterpreted folk songs. But when writing Folk, I aimed not