(Re)telling traditional narratives: myth, legend, fairy tale

Fri 20 July 2018 - Sun 22 July 2018
Tutors / Catherine Fisher & Dimitra Fimi
Course Fee / From £ per person
Genres / FictionNon-FictionStorytelling
Language / English

How do writers take traditional stories told and retold over many centuries, and fashion them into something new, exciting, and memorable? Join us to find out the many ways in which myths, legends and fairy tales from various traditions have inspired award-winning literature, and try your hand in shaping this versatile material into new fictional incarnations. The course offers a balanced menu of theory and practice, taught by an academic whose work focuses on authors who have integrated myth in their fiction, and a poet and novelist who has transformed material from legend and folklore into successful, best-selling novels.

Join us to explore the magical transformations of myth and legend in literature and in your own writing. Don’t forget to bring with you the folkloric stories you find inspiring and irresistible, from Greek and Roman myth, to Norse and Scandinavian legends, all the way to the Welsh Mabinogi and folk and fairy tales.


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.

Dimitra Fimi

Dr Dimitra Fimi is Senior Lecturer in English at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She is an expert on J.R.R. Tolkien and fantasy literature. Her first book, Tolkien, Race and Cultural History: From Fairies to Hobbits (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008) won the Mythopoeic Scholarship award in Inklings Studies and was shortlisted for the Katharine Briggs Folklore Award. She recently co-edited A Secret Vice: Tolkien on Invented Languages (HarperCollins, 2016), which won the Tolkien Society Award for Best Book. Her latest book, Celtic Myth in Contemporary Children’s Fantasy: Idealization, Identity, Ideology, has just been published by Palgrave Macmillan. The book focuses on the reshaping of Welsh and Irish mythological texts in contemporary fantasy novels for younger readers.

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