Fiction and Poetry for YA: Myth and Folk Tale

Mon 16 October 2017 - Sat 21 October 2017
Tutors / Catherine Fisher & Kevin Crossley-Holland
Guest Reader / Katherine Langrish
Course Fee / From £495 - £625 per person
Genres / Creative WritingFictionStorytellingWriting for Children and Young Adults
Language / English

Join us for five magical days of looking into the enchantment of myths and folk tales. Great writers, composers and artists have regularly been drawn to the universal motifs found in these stories, and on this course we will also draw on the immense hoard of traditional tales to empower our own writing for young adults. Our experienced tutors will explain how they have woven Celtic and Norse mythology and Arthurian legend into their own poetry and their fiction for young adults.

Everyone will get involved in daily workshops and written exercises to try out various approaches. Above all, there will be time to think and dream and write, and to share work-in-progress with the tutors and co-participants.


Catherine Fisher

Catherine Fisher is the author of many critically acclaimed novels for children and young people. Her books Incarceron and Sapphique were New York Times best-sellers and were translated into over twenty languages; and The Oracle was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. Corbenic won the British Fantasy Society's Mythopoeic Award and the Tir na n-Og prize. She has also published four volumes of poetry and is a past winner of the Cardiff International Poetry Prize. Catherine is an experienced teacher and broadcaster. She is a Fellow of the Welsh Academy and was the inaugural Young People's Laureate for Wales.

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland has published nine collections of poems and translations from Anglo-Saxon, and he is the author of The Penguin Book of Norse Myths. His books for children include retellings of traditional tales as well as his Arthur trilogy (translated into 24 languages), Gatty's Tale, and two Viking sagas, and he has been awarded the Carnegie Medal and The Guardian Children's Fiction Price for his work. Kevin has worked with many composers and artists, and assisted the late Gwyn Thomas on his retelling of the Four Branches of the Mabinogi for children. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, patron of the Society for Storytelling and the Story Museum in Oxford, and President of the School Library Association.

Guest Reader

Katherine Langrish

Katherine Langrish is the author of West of the Moon and Dark Angels (HarperCollins); her most recent publication is Seven Miles of Steel Thistles, a book of essays on fairy tales and folklore based on her blog of the same name. She reviews regularly for the Sussex Folklore Centre’s journal Gramarye.

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