Tales of Britain

By Jem Roberts

The finest, funniest stories of England, Scotland & Wales, refreshed for the 21st century. By Brother Bernard, as told to Jem Roberts.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

77 Stories To Rule Them All...

Happy Folklore Thursday, and happy National Storytelling Week to boot, Tale-lovers! You want to discuss folktales? We have 77 to choose from, each with tourist guides! Who else can claim that this story-steeped Thursday? The question is, which to start with? The familiar famed folklore of Robin Hood, King Arthur, Jack or Godiva? Or the stories which deserve more love, like Molly Whuppie, Bran the Blessed, Jack O'Kent and co? The British treasury of tales offers an embarrassment of riches...

CAN YOU HELP? We're keen to find any and every suitable platform we can to discuss the many many different facets of the Tales of Britain campaign! Last week, we had a late-night feature on Talk Radio (now on our media player on www.TalesofBritain.com) and this morning we had a glorious chat with Jim Hawkins on BBC Radio Shropshire! Check out Thursday 10.10am-ish for Listen Again. This is all a wee bit early for listeners to grab the book, but at least they can pre-order both online and in shops, and get this wonderful story ball rolling! 

We were also chuffed to talk TOB on popular ghosty podcast THE SPOOKTATOR, interviewed at the British Library, no less! Oh, and fingers crossed we'll have good news about our interview with CERYS MATTHEWS SOON! But in the meantime, please get in touch for any coverage you can offer, we love to talk folktales...

To celebrate National Storytelling week, as it's a bit chilly out, above we've also attached the video of our version of nasty Welsh story 'VENGEANCE WILL COME' which we performed in the snow 10 months ago, when our World Book Day event in Frome was cancelled by the cold. It's not a great recording – speakers pushed up to the max! – but we nearly caught pneumonia doing it, so make it worth our while...

These wonderful story-based themes we're getting each Folklore Thursday are all perfect for us to officially launch TALES OF BRITAIN as a real, purchasable book in shops all over the world! Sadly, the release date Unbound originally set us in mis-January has slipped and slipped – last we checked Amazon said the book is available today, but we haven't had our own copies yet... Though here is a sneaky peek at a page from the current build of the manuscript...

HOWEVER, do not fret, dear pledgers! We know it's frustrating when you just want to get stuck into reading the book, but we do at least now know what has happened – the book's editor over in London has been in and out of hospital this year, and so the finishing touches of the manuscript have simply not been added, and once they are (and we still need to give them the final OK before printers start to roll), we'll be looking at a week or two before the printed books are likely to be plopping onto doormats, perhaps a bit less for eBooks to be downloadable.

We're all really sorry for the delay, obviously and sincerely, but this is such a weird time of year to publish a book anyway, mid-February would always have been as good as mid-January to us after 15 years of waiting! And at least we now know exactly what's going on – and of course, I'm sure you all join us in wishing the editor's family the very best at this difficult time!

Raising awareness is so much harder than telling stories, but we'll keep at it, and in the meantime, to keep you going, here's a few non-Xmassy tales, both in and not in the eventual book, which we've shared over the years: AVALON, ROBIN'S ARROW and CADOC & THE MOUSE!

Enjoy, and share, all the stories you can, and before long, you will have 77 more to immerse yourselves in!

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