Have you ever wondered about the people who lived and worked along the canals? Have you ever caught a glimpse of something they might have seen or an echo of something they might have heard?
As the Stroudwater Navigation and the Thames and Severn canal wind their way from Framilode to Inglesham, they hold the stories of all who lived and worked on them. From Jack spinning yarns as he legs barges through the Sapperton Tunnel to Elizabeth swimming for all she is worth in the Wallbridge gala, the stories in 'Tales from the Towpath' span 250 years of life on the Cotswold canals. Mixing fact and fiction, they bring the past to life and, like all the best tales, appeal to children and adults alike.
These original tales by storyteller Fiona Eadie are complemented by the evocative illustrations of local artist Tracy Spiers.
FIONA EADIE is a professional storyteller based in Horsley, near Nailsworth. She is passionate about language and about bringing the spoken word to life. As a storyteller, she works in two different mediums. In one she tells existing stories that have come down to us through the oral tradition. In the other she researches, devises and leads storywalks through a particular landscape that touch on the history of that place. She has been commissioned to create storywalks for the National Trust, the Lichfield Festival and (by Stroud District Council) for the Cotswold Canals Trust.