Thursday 30 November 2017
Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies: 500 AD to the Present
I'd like to share some exciting news, I wrote a chapter for a fairy folklore book, and it's been released today! Drumroll please..... Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies: 500 AD to the Present, with editors Simon Young and Ceri Houlbrook.
My chapter is a reworked and much improved summary of my recent research into the Trows of Orkney and Shetland, an unusual species of fairy very dear to my heart. The book contains 16 chapters, each written by a different fairy folklorist, and covering a variety of areas of the UK, and also some fairies who moved overseas to America and Canada. The chapters are:
1 ‘Fairy Queens and Pharisees: Sussex’ Jacqueline Simpson
2 ‘Pucks and Lights: Worcestershire’ Pollyanna Jones
3 ‘Pixies and Pixy Rocks: Devon’ Mark Norman and Jo Hickey-Hall
4 ‘Fairy Magic and the Cottingley Photographs: Yorkshire’ Richard Sugg
5 ‘Fairy Barrows and Cunning Folk: Dorset’ Jeremy Harte
6 ‘Fairy Holes and Fairy Butter: Cumbria’ Simon Young
7 ‘The Sídhe and Fairy Forts: Ireland’ Jenny Butler
8 ‘The Seelie and Unseelie Courts: Scotland’ Ceri Houlbrook
9 ‘Trows and Trowie Wives: Orkney and Shetland’ Laura Coulson
10 ‘The Fair Folk and Enchanters: Wales’ Richard Suggett
11 ‘Pouques and the Faiteaux: Channel Islands’ Francesca Bihet
12 ‘George Waldron and the Good People: Isle of Man’ Stephen Miller
13 ‘Piskies and Knockers:Cornwall’ Ronald M. James
14 ‘Puritans and Pukwudgies: New England’ Peter Muise
15 ‘Fairy Bread and Fairy Squalls: Atlantic Canada’ Simon Young
16 ‘Banshees and Changelings: Irish America’ Chris Woodyard
You can see a preview of it here on Amazon, and it's also available at Blackwell's, and hopefully your local bookshop too!
I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did!