Telling Tales? Anthony Nanson on telling and writing folk tales

Here’s a post by Anthony for The History Press that gives you an insight into how he and his Fire Springs colleague Kirsty have gone about negotiating the fine line between an orally told tale and one that is written, and the role of The History Press’s Folk and Ghost Tales series:

‘Once the primary way in which stories were shared, the art of storytelling has an unstable place in a modern world in which not only books but also much louder and shinier media have so much power to colonise people’s attention … In such a milieu the History Press’s Folk Tales series does one service to storytelling in its clear intention that these collections of retold tales be pitched to an adult audience, and another in providing storytellers with a huge library of tales gathered from each county of the British Isles.’

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