Lost & Found

By Elizabeth Garner

A treasure trove of folk tales by Elizabeth Garner

Fiction | Illustrated
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Publication date: September 2022

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An Evening with... Elizabeth Garner in conversation with Erica Wagner

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Finding & Keeping: A Folk Tale Writing Workshop

An online, interactive day for anyone interested in the process of working with Folk Tale and Folklore. Suitable for writers with works in progress or absolute beginners. The morning will consist of a 3 hour seminar discussing structure, research and creativity. I will be sharing my own development process & setting some writing exercises.The afternoon will consist of private writing time, including a 20 minute 1-on-1 slot for individual questions and guidance. After the day is completed you will have the option of submitting 1,000 words for editorial feedback.

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An opportunity for a personal visit from Elizabeth at your venue of choice. This will be a friendly, informal discussion of the book and the research and writing process. Ideal for established book clubs and writing groups. Before the meeting you will receive a set of questions to get the discussion started. You will also be able to send Elizabeth 6 specific questions of your own, so each visit will be tailored to the interests of your group. The meeting will last for 2 ½ hours, maximum 6 people per group.
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One-on-One Writing Critique

A rare opportunity for personal mentoring from an award-winning writer with 20 years of editorial and teaching experience. Before the meeting you will submit a piece of your writing up to 5,000 words long. Elizabeth will give you detailed, annotated editorial feedback on the text. This will be followed by a 90 minute individual tutorial with Elizabeth, tailored to your specific needs and interests. You will then have the option of rewriting the piece and resubmitting it for a final appraisal. The meetings will be held in Oxford.

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Original Artwork

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Moon Pendant

As well as being a woodengraver and illustator, Phoebe is also a silversmith and jewellery maker. Taking her inspiration from the Stealing The Moon story (see update 26th August 2020) and also the found object of the bent coin love token (see Folk Lore, Folk Tale & Fantastic Finds update 2nd December 2020) Phoebe has made this beautiful bespoke pendant. It's handmade, solid silver, 3cm in diameter (the size of a 2 pence piece) and comes with a silver chain. Phoebe will engrave the name of your choice on the back. STRICTLY LIMITED TO 5

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“Garner writes of myth with lyricism and sensitivity, she is steeped in the gift for being able to control the surreal with startling force.”

Amanda Craig, The Times

Lost & Found is my own retelling of 15 treasured folk tales that have nurtured and sustained me; terrified and enthralled me in equal measure. I am collaborating with Young Wood Engraver of the Year Phoebe Connolly to create an illustrated, beautifully crafted book that is true to tradition and also speaks directly to the modern world.

As a child, the diverse cast of folk tale characters – the foes and the friends – were my own extraordinary companions as I explored the fields and woods of my local village. The folk tales both enriched the landscape and also enabled me to travel beyond it. I could follow Trickster Jack through his adventures above the world I knew and beneath it; I could ride on the back of the Black Bull of Noroway, across the mountains as I solved the riddles of the three castles; I could fly above the never-ending pine forests of Russia sitting beside iron-toothed Baba Yaga the bony-legged witch, riding in her pestle and mortar. I would always get back safely in the end, but I would return home changed.

Included in the collection are stories such as...

The Riddle of the Crossroads • The Twisted Oak • The Wits of the Whetstone • The Roots of Fortune • Johnnie He Not • The Black Bull's Bride • Stealing the Moon • The Troll King's Sister • Just Jimmy and more...

Folk tales take us beyond our own boundaries into unknown lands. Yet within these adventures, riddles and enchantments we find our common ground. Motifs repeat across stories, subtly varied according to the cultural values and also the landscape of their place of origin, but are still familiar and they speak to our shared humanity. They are tools for living which have survived because they are as relevant now as they ever were.

Some of the folk tales are taken from those books of my childhood, others are remembered and rediscovered. Some I first heard spoken, during evenings spent in the company of a wonderful community of storytellers that I have been lucky enough to meet in my adult life. They have always been generous in sharing their source material, true to the oral tradition: the old tales are meant to be passed on to whoever might have use for them. Other stories I sought out as I wrote my novels. When stuck at a plot point or needing to find the root of a tricky character it is always the folk tales that I return to and they always show me the way out of the woods. 

The title Lost & Found reflects a common thread within this collection: the heroes and heroines of the stories who stray from the safer paths in life and find themselves in unknown worlds, which lurk just behind the surface of the world we know. The mysterious objects that are discovered within these adventures, whose purpose is revealed when true magic is most needed. The truth of the inner self that is found when all hope and love seems to be lost.

The title also reflects the process of development and research. I have identified the 15 tales that I want to tell, but I will be going back to the source material, stitching together fragments and variations into my own individual tapestry of words. Whilst the structure and content will remain true to the tradition, I will be following my personal path through the stories – exploring character, context and cultural background whilst still retaining the sense of wonder and otherness that is so central to these narratives. 

This collection of tales remembered, rediscovered and retold, is another link in the chain between storyteller, listener and our shared ancestors. Tales from the past, told to enrich the present and to be carried forward into the future.



About the Book

  • Hardback with jacket
  • 272pp
  • 15 black & white illustrations

 

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