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.

Thursday, 20 February 2020

Tales of Britain: The Lost Art

Testing, testing... blimey, still working.

Happy Art-themed Folklore Thursday, my dearioes, here's a bonus bulletin from Brother Bernard to ceebrate the occasion.

While I'm here, any suggestions of places to perform our specially-tooled Tales show this year? Email jem@jemroberts.com to express an  interest  – Ludlow and Cheltenham are the only dates at present!

Now. Art. Or rather, 'art'. You may have remembered the wrangles during the book's production over the absence of illustrations, despite artists keen to step up for small beans to be part of the publication. This blog details the work that was begun on maps and icons for each of our 77 stories, let alone illustrations, but with greatest regret, all these offerings were nixed by Unbound  – besides the story key icons, even though all the art was provided for free, we were forcefully told that the book would be very much words alone.

The text of all 77 tales is something of which I am simmeringly proud, and shall always remain so, the result of over a decade's storytelling… but although I myself am no artist, the hope is that one day we shall venture further editions of Tales Of Britain, reinstating the visual element. 

That said, for anyone mad enough to read the book along with he intended tale icons, here is the gosh-darned lot:

Cut out and keep! If you're a nutter.

Oh, and just to show that things never change, and I am still no artist, I'm currently struggling to put together crucial icons for my new books, FAB FOOLS! Here's my current attempt at a set of Beatle icons...

If a job's worth doing, and you've no budget... Well, it's all in the mind, y'know.

Until next we share a hearth, keep enjoying the stories, and spreading the word! Maybe soon we can come and share some tales from your bit of Britain...!

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