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A talk on Traditional Fairy Lore is to take place as part of ‘Territory, Fantasy and the Second Sight Performance Storytelling: Maps and Dreams’ at the Barbican in London on 18 February at 7.30pm

Ronald Hutton: Traditional Fairy Lore

Fairies have become some of the most familiar figures in British literature
and art, from the work of Shakespeare and Alexander Pope to Victorian
children’s stories. This talk, by the fabulously entertaining arch-historian Ronald Hutton, is concerned with the folklore that inspired this interest and with the ‘real’ fairies of Britain and Ireland. It sets out to answer two questions: what were (or are) these beings like, and what has been the value and purpose of telling tales about them?

Hugh Lupton:True Thomas

A cycle of British fairy tales which includes Hugh Lupton’s praise poem based on an incident in the life of his Welsh, Victorian, great great grandfather, the philanthropist, preacher, teetotaller, radical printer, businessman and champion of the Welsh language – Thomas Gee. It is ‘a story that has always been told in whispers…’

This event is part of: Territory, Fantasy and the Second Sight
Performance Storytelling: Maps and Dreams
18 February 2010 / 19:30
VENUE: Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
Event website: http://www.barbican.org.uk

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