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 / FictionStorytellingWriting 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 published by Hodder Children’s Books, Incarceron (2007) and Sapphique (2008) were New York Times best-sellers and were translated into over twenty languages; and The Oracle (2003) was shortlisted for the Whitbread Award. Corbenic (Red Fox Books, 2002) won the British Fantasy Society's Mythopoeic Award and recently The Clockwork Crow (Firefly Press, 2018) the Tir na n-Og prize. She has also published five volumes of poetry and is a past winner of the Cardiff International Poetry Prize. Her most recent poetry collection is The Bramble King (Seren, 2019). Catherine is an experienced teacher and broadcaster. She was the inaugural Young People's Laureate for Wales.

Kevin Crossley-Holland

Kevin Crossley-Holland has published nine collections of poems, most recently Seahenge: A Journey (Kailpot Press, 2009) with landscape photographs by Andrew Rafferty. He is a well-known translator from Anglo-Saxon and his books include The Penguin Book of Norse Myths (1996), and a memoir of childhood, The Hidden Roads (Quercus Publishing, 2010). His books for children include Between Worlds: Folktales of Britain and Ireland (Walker Books, 2018), Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki (Walker Studio, 2017), and his Arthur trilogy (Orion Children’s Books, 2001-04) which is translated into 24 languages. He has been awarded the Carnegie Medal, The Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Tir na n-Og Prize. Kevin is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and a patron of the Society for Storytelling and the Story Museum in Oxford.

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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