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’.
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:
Introducing Fairies and Fairyland
Fairy Wives and Fairy Lovers
Fairies and Children
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.
What attracted you to this podcast?
What was the most interesting thing you discovered?
What type(s) of content would you like to hear about in Series 2?
We look forward to hearing from you!
All blog posts:
Modern Fairies Gatherings at The Sage, Gateshead, 12 May 2020
Of Land & Story The Process of Forgetting and Remembering, 30 April 2020
Time Squint, 24 January 2020
Fairy Sources, 24 January 2020
Sleepers and Glitches, 24 January 2020
Alyson Loathly, 24 January 2020
The Green Children, 15 January 2020
Fairies of the Trees, 15 January 2020
Hares, 15 January 2020
The Light Cutters, 14 January 2020
We Dance to an Other Tempo, 14 January 2020
Selkies, 13 January 2020
Artist of the Week - Elly Lucas, 10 June 2019
Artist of the Week - Fay Hield, 15 May 2019
Artist of the Week - Natalie Reid, 1 April 2019
Signed posters for everyone, 24 March 2019
Artist of the Week - Steven Hadley, 18 March 2019
Podcast Series 1, Now Live, 14 February 2019
Artist of the Week - Patience Agbabi, 5 February 2019
Artist of the Week - Ben Nicholls, 8 January 2019
Artist of the Week - Marry Waterson, 11 December 2018
Artist of the Week - Barney Morse-Brown (Duotone), 6 December 2018
Artist of the Week - Terri Windling, 19 November 2018
Artist of the Week - Inge Thomson, 12 November 2018
Modern Fairies at Festival of the Mind - Sheffield, September 2018, 4 November 2018
Artist of the Week - Sarah Hesketh, 2 November 2018
Artist of the Week - Fay Hield, 4 September 2018
Artist of the Week - Lucy Farrell, 31 July 2018
Artist of the Week - Ewan Macpherson, 22 July 2018
Modern Fairies and Loathly Ladies - the First Workshop, 11 July 2018