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Myth and Magic

Folklore & fantasy themes aimed at creative writers: to start writing stories and challenge your brain with exciting ideas, dip into this kitbag.

Learn how fantasy worlds draw on real world history, mythology, and folklore. And there's weekly news from the world of fantasy fiction too... plus fabulous creatures, studies on folk tales, nature fables and lots more mythical, magical fun.

May 26, 2021

Interview with Somerset based British fantasy writer Sophy Layzell, the author of the YA dystopian novel "Measure of Days" and a theatre director, graphic artist and mum.  Her next book "Upon All Men" is coming soon!

May 19, 2021

What is the point of mythological creatures? Why do humans dream-up things that scare them? Plus ten folk monsters you may not have met before. Also, what every experienced author has learned the hard way...

May 12, 2021

The Canadian environmentalist & fantasy novelist talks about narrative responsibility and writing in the Anthropocene era. She addresses the main challenges facing writers and emphasizes the importance of creating a sense of place in fiction. She explains how to write metaphors and gives tips for writing action scenes....

May 5, 2021

The mysterious mystique of the Maypole dance, the coronation of a May Queen, cutting the hawthorn wands, the May Day festivities and how all these ancient rites intertwine in a celebration and solemnization for the Goddess of