With origins lost in the mists of time, these lively folk tales reflect the wisdom (and eccentricities) of South Yorkshire's county and people. Amongst the heroes and villains, giants and fairies, knights and highwaymen, are well-known figures, such as Robin Hood and the Dragon of Wantley, as well as lesser-known tales of mysterious goings-on at Firbeck Hall and Roche Abbey.
These enchanting tales, many never before recorded in print, will bewitch readers and storytellers, young and old alike.
Simon Heywood lectures in folklore, storytelling, and creative writing at Derby University. He completed a PhD on contemporary storytelling at Sheffield University's National Centre for English Cultural Tradition in 2001 and has published research internationally on contemporary storytelling. He has appeared on TV discussing the Robin Hood legends. He has also worked to international acclaim as a storyteller and workshop leader. He has conceived, developed, and toured a series of Arts Council-supported national storytelling tours, and has worked as a solo performer in numerous locations across the country. He is also a musician and composer.