Supernatural tales from the county brought to life

Northumberland Folk Tales by Malcolm Green.
Northumberland Folk Tales by Malcolm Green.
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An entertaining collection of traditional stories retold through the voice of a professional storyteller will come to life in a new book, which is released later this month.

Northumberland Folk Tales, by Malcolm Green, features supernatural and creepy anecdotes from around the county.

It includes tales about Northumberland worms and knights as well as witches placing curses and fairy folk creeping down chimneys and tricking the unwary.

From all around the county come tales of the places, people and creatures that have left their mark on the local community.

There is the sound of human feet, saints seeking refuge, ancient kings fighting for land and salvation and border folk pitting themselves against one another with both wit and sword.

Many a tale has been told about the ancient borderland county of Northumberland, a borderland between two countries and two worlds.

From the coast, moors, becks and hilltops of Northumberland, a rich and mysterious history has developed.

Green, a professional storyteller, has gathered together many supernatural tales from around the county using his vast depth of knowledge on folklore to commit well-known and less established stories to print.

The book is illustrated with 30 beautiful images from Rachel Edwards.

Green will be launching the work at Prior Hall, Hexham Abbey, on Thursday, November 27, from 7pm.

The paperback original is priced £9.99, ISBN 978-0-7524-8998-8.

Green currently teaches at Newcastle University. He lives in Newcastle.