Incorporating folklore can add authenticity, richness and whole new layers of meaning to historical fiction. Novelist Melissa Harrison explores how traditional practices and beliefs around the harvest informed her creative process when she was writing her new book, All Among the Barley
May Day is a traditional spring celebration in many cultures, linked with Gaelic Beltane, and is now also the date of Labour Day.
I began writing ‘Maypoles, Mandrakes and Mistletoe: A Treasury of British Folklore’ back in April last year.
Sheep have been integral to British life for thousands of years, and a long tradition of lore has developed around shepherds and their flocks.
First-footing as a New Year custom is most common in Scotland and the north of England, but it does have regional, and international, variations.