Synopses & Reviews
With its wild eroding sea, its gentle rolling fields and tall churches, Suffolk is a county of contrasts. It may seem a kindly and civilised place, but in that sea, in the reed beds, the woods and even down dark town streets lurk strange beasts, ghosts and tricksters.
These thirty traditional tales retold by storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis take you into a hidden world of green children and wildmen, of lovers from beyond the grave and tricksy fairy folk. Shaped by generations of Suffolk mardle and wit, in these stories youll discover the countys last dragon, the secret behind Black Shuck, saintly King Edmund and heroic King Raedwald, haunted airfields, broken-hearted mermaids and the exploits of the countys cunning folk. Embark on this journey around Suffolk and youll find youre never far from a story.
These lively and entertaining folk tales from one of Britain's most ancient counties are vividly retold by Kirsty Hartsiotis. Their origins lost in the oral tradition, these stories from Suffolk reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities) of the county and its people. Suffolk has a rich and diverse collection of tales, from stories of the Orford merman and the green children of Woolpit to legends of sunken cities and demonic black dogs. These highly readable tales, richly illustrated with line drawings, bring alive the landscape of the countys rich and fertile plains.
About the Author
Kirsty Hartsiotis is a member of the storytelling company Fire Springs, with whom she has co-produced many shows. She came to storytelling with a lifelong love of folklore and history, having trained in history of art and medieval studies, and has a particular interest in telling stories for the heritage industry, in which shes worked for 15 years interpreting history for wide audiences. Her book Wiltshire Folk Tales was published in February 2011. She grew up in Suffolk and maintains strong links with the county. She has her own website, www.kirstyhartsiotis.co.uk.