Podcast Series 1, Now Live

Thursday 14 February 2019

The Modern Fairies project is all about learning and being creative, and since I’m not an artist, I have been wondering how I could make something new out of old fairy lore. So, I have learned how to make podcasts with the help of Oxford University IT services.

I decided to begin with five podcasts, each one talking about the different stories that are contained in the five Fairy Folders that were given to the artists at the beginning of the project.

In each of the podcasts, which are fairly unscripted, Fay Hield and I chat about the themes of each folder, starting with podcast one: ‘Introducing Fairies and Fairyland’.

An Elderberry Hobbled Across the Walk by Arthur Rackham

I have interspersed the conversations with some readings of traditional stories, poems and ballads, performed by the talented actor and medieval scholar Brian McMahon. Luckily Brian can read Middle English so he’s included some excerpts from medieval poems, trying to make them as easy to understand as possible. And we have also been able to include some of Fay’s music in each episode, by kind permission from Topic Records who have allowed us to use some bits of Sir Orfeo and Kemp Owen. There’s newly recorded music too from some of the other project artists.

The first podcast is as follows:

  1. Introducing Fairies and Fairyland

  2. Fairy Wives and Fairy Lovers

  3. Helpful Fairies

  4. Fairies and Children

  5. Loathly Ladies

The next series will follow later this year and that will look at how the artists were inspired by the Fairy Folders and their contents to make astonishing new works: songs, music, poems, stories and illustrations.


Send us your answers to the following questions to be in with a chance of winning a signed copy of my book, The Land of the Green Man (which in some ways inspired this project). We'll draw a new winner from the hat at the end of the month.

  1. What attracted you to this podcast?

  2. What was the most interesting thing you discovered?

  3. What type(s) of content would you like to hear about in Series 2?

We’d love to hear from what you think! Feel free to give us your answers on Twitter @Modern_Fairies or the project’s Facebook page.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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