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Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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Rosheen' by Irenosen Okijie is based on 'The Dauntless Girl' and feels solidly Gothic while discussing heritage and courage. I felt that the strident anti-Catholic rhetoric actually lessened the impact of the original by highlighting and underlining what is more subtly conveyed in the folktale.

Meanwhile Emma Glass’s ‘The Dampness Is Spreading’ approaches the tale of the fairy midwife by turning it into the story of an exhausted hospital worker haunted by grim thoughts, leaving us unsure what is real – much like her novel Rest and Be Thankful.

The authors focus on the various themes, ideas and evolutions in a woman's life, whether it is the bond between sisters, the loss of one's self, motherhood, inherited pain, burning desire, friendship and freedom. Also mate it's 2021 can we not use Rromani slurs and present them as loud drunken partiers complete with screaming ignored infant, tambourines, and reek of alcohol. Particular favourites were Sour Hall by Naomi Booth, Rosheen by Irenosen Okojie, The Panther's Tale by Mahsuda Snaith and The Holloway by Imogen Hermes Gowar. IRENOSEN OKOJIE is a Nigerian British author whose work pushes the boundaries of form, language and ideas. That is not to say that these stories are by any means weaker or more predictable for having their authors’ hallmarks.

Women talking about folklore, without men in some way present- as a questioner, host, or narrator is rare I've found. Growing up in Poland, I’m used to both well-known Western fairytales and legends as well as those firmly ingrained in Polish tradition.Some of the stories are more ambiguous than fairytales generally are, hinting at explanations that are less overtly paranormal influence and more mental illness, grief, or human violence. Snaith really brought this piece of history to life by bringing in Indian storylines and focusing on female (bodily) autonomy. Overall, Hag is a successful endeavour, in that it brushes the dust off some excellent British and Irish folklore.

They touched on themes of domestic abuse, motherhood, sexuality, miscarriages, homophobia, mental health, love, trickery and deception.

The 103 third parties who use cookies on this service do so for their purposes of displaying and measuring personalized ads, generating audience insights, and developing and improving products. Trigger Warnings: mention of cancer, possession, exorcism, murder, adultery, homophobia, infertility, miscarriage, mention of child abuse, drug use throughout pregnancy, alcoholism, domestic abuse. Some end almost rapidly, with a reader wishing there was more to it, making the story stay with a reader for far longer.

The books featured on this site are aimed primarily at readers aged 13 or above and therefore you must be 13 years or over to sign up to our newsletter. But she concludes finally that there is a deja vu about the whole encounter (‘this is not the first time I have been here’). Dark, potent and uncanny, Hag bursts with the untold stories of our isles, captures in voices as varied as they are vivid. Although these terms are notoriously hard to define and classification is difficult, I would struggle to describe this as a “folk horror” collection. I liked the elements of magical realism; this story really reminded me of Sue Rainsford's Follow Me To Ground.When Kathleen is given a chance to see the young man once again by a mysterious figure, Kathleen agrees to all the terms, after all, she'd be able to see her love once again. I think it was a brilliant idea to include the original source material stories at the end of the book, as it really gives the reader basis for comparison, and highlights how cleverly the new stories have been re-spun. Hag' is a collection curated by Professor Carolyne Larrington, and while it was interesting to read the stories, I really enjoyed reading the introduction as well. I just kept getting very annoyed with what I couldn't stop thinking about as ungrammatical sentences (either missing commas, or a sentence that really should have been more than one sentence).

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