Seven Miles of Steel Thistles

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Posts on YA Fiction and fantasy, children's books, folklore and myths



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Wodan and the Peasant

on Feb 16, 2017

There is a great story about the Wild Hunt in Jacob Grimm’s ‘Teutonic Mythology’: That the wild hunter is to be referred to as Wôdan, is made perfectly clear by some Mecklenburg legends. Often of a dark night the airy hounds will bark on open...

Folklore and Memory

on Jan 26, 2017

This is the text of a talk I gave at the University of Warwick, 25th January 2017.I’m here to talk to you about folklore and memory. What I’m really going to do is tell you a lot of stories, and when we get on to the discussion part of this, I ho...

Lady Francesca Speranza Wilde (Oscar Wilde's mother) published after her husband’s death a book of Irish folk tales and legends, 'Ancient Legends of Ireland' 1887. Introducing it, she claimed:These narrations were taken down by competent persons sk...

This story first appeared in the Sussex Folklore Centre's journal 'Gramarye', Issue 5, Summer 2014.  It is set on the hilly border between England and Wales, around the year 1090AD, and is a prequel to my novel 'Dark Angels' which is set about a...

It’s December already, and – scary thought – only two weeks to Christmas. So I’m not going to trouble you with a long post. If you're anything like me, you’re far too busy rushing around. Instead let me recommend a book which almost anyo...

 I love lists, especially lists of mysterious creatures like the oft-quoted one by Reginald Scot in his book debunking witches, The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584), in which he takes the robust and sceptical line that even if witches, ghosts and...