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Strange Traditions – The Sussex Bonfire Societies
‘We Burn For Good’: the motto of the Sussex Bonfire Societies. Born out of a fervent Protestant and anti-Catholic tradition in the area, these Bonfire Societies are a window into our country’s past. Behind the carnivals they present today, you can glimpse riots, religious hatred, and a lot of people being burnt at the stake…
Selkies – The Forgotten Seal-Men
In parts of the world where the selkie myth persists, there is a grave taboo around killing a seal. Some believed selkies to be the cursed children of kings, witches who lost control of their own power, or the fate of those drowned at sea. Whilst we often gender selkies as female, the selkies of…
The Ankou – the most terrifying figure in Celtic folklore?
Before the Grim Reaper, there was the Ankou… It is said that every graveyard in Brittany has its own Ankou. Not long ago, he was someone they knew. He was the last soul to die in the village that year. Doomed to dwell on this Earth a year longer, serving the graveyard as its guardian…
Prologue: the sea, a ceremony, a monster
It begins at the end. A young girl performs a strange ritual on the beach at night. Something evil stirs in the sea. Everything has aligned to bring her to this moment, her calling, her destiny. The prologue to my upcoming novel is also its ending. The rest of the story tracks the forces which…
10 Seaside Novels to Transport You to the Coast
10 stunning novels to help you escape to the sea. Discover your next read, set in coastal landscapes from Cornwall to South Korea. Some have sunshine seeping from the pages, whilst others portray a darker side of the sea.
Literary Essex – 3 Essex Coast Walks To Send Your Imagination Wild
The Essex I know isn’t the world of TOWIE. Essex is wild, exposed coastline. It’s flat, endless salt marshes. It’s beaches dotted with pill boxes that have crashed dramatically from the cliffs. It’s witch-hunts, smugglers and Saxon Kings. Start your own discovery of Essex with these three locations…