For one day, and one day only! Fairy tales and fables, at Mannington Hall!
An old country hall surrounded by lily ponds, woodland, and gardens is magical enough in itself. But next month at Mannington, there’s going to be trails with fairies and other creatures to find, an exhibition of old fairy books, fundraising events for local hospices, and displays of artwork by a local children’s illustrator.
A section of the hall is also going to be designated for story telling, and that’s where I come in. There’s going to be a few sessions throughout the day where I will be telling fairy tales to visitors. None of the usual ones, either! I have been digging through my fairy tale library and have picked out some not widely known tales to tell. I will also be giving a short talk at 2pm about the academic side of fairy tales – where they come from, how they can be traced, and what it’s like to study them.
If on the off chance any readers of this blog are from Norfolk (considering it’s in the middle of nowhere, I doubt it but you never know!), then come say hi and enjoy some fairy fun! Or if you know anyone in the area who may be interested, then please pass this along to them. For those of you overseas, I will of course be posting photos and a recap afterwards so you won’t miss out.
I am beyond excited to be taking part in this, and would like to thank the owners of the estate, Lord and Lady Walpole, for hosting the event and giving me this opportunity.
Also, check out the very talented Baron Tremain over at Wolterton Forge. He’s making all of these lovely ornaments for the trails. See, there really can be faeries at the bottom of the garden!
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Amelia Starling is a writer and folklorist. She graduated from the University of Winchester with a degree in Creative Writing, and is a content editor for Folklore Thursday. She loves travelling and collecting stories, and spent 15 months living in Japan doing this alongside teaching English. Amelia blogs about folklore and fairy tales at The Willow Web. You can follow her on Twitter @amyelize.