Archive for November, 2011

An Introduction

My name is Melissa and I am a lifelong mythology geek.

It began with a battered old copy of Enid Blyton’s Tales Of Ancient Greece, acquired at a school fete when I was around six years old. Printed on curiously thick blotting-paper pages, I can remember hiding under my duvet well after bedtime, trying to read by the light of a Glo-Worm. I soon progressed to darker, earthier stories, my favourites found within the pages of Kevin CrossleyHolland‘-s ‘British Folk Tales’, which remains one of my most treasured possessions. Stories set within the often bleak landscapes of Early Britain, tales of Celts and Picts and Giants, whispered traces of ghosts passed from one generation to the next. Reminders that the night and the forest and the sea were teeming with things we did not understand, yet sought to rationalise to ourselves and our children.

This blog will be a place for me to share those tales with you, and to talk about my favourites. I’m writing this post from a sofa in the corner of a creaky old 17th-Century cottage in Ludlow, Shropshire – a (standing) stone’s throw from the Long Mynd of this blog’s title. What better place to hunker down and immerse myself in the Tales of Long Ago?


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