Folklore and mythology

Article image
Why the long face? Artist pilloried after creating half-horse, half-man sculpture
Aidan Harte was thrilled to be asked to make a statue of a púca, a mythological mischievous spirit, but then his troubles began

Rory Carroll Ireland correspondent

20, May, 2022 @4:00 AM

Article image
From Loch Ness to the Essex Serpent, why are humans so keen to invent sea monsters?
As Sarah Perry’s novel becomes a TV drama, the human need to escape reality with a shiver of fear remains as strong as ever

Philip Hoare

08, May, 2022 @8:00 AM

Article image
Where the magic happens: 10 of Britain’s most mystical sites
From healing wells to sacred stones, the author of a new guide to Magical Britain selects his favourite wild and enchanting places

Rob Wildwood

16, Apr, 2022 @6:00 AM

Article image
Weatherwatch: the Japanese legend of the wind weasel
Folklore tells of the kamaitachi, a flying creature with claws like sickles, that cuts like the wind

David Hambling

03, Mar, 2022 @6:00 AM

Article image
Top 10 novels inspired by Greek myths | Susan Stokes-Chapman
From James Joyce to Ali Smith and Chigozie Obioma, the archetypal stories of the ancients have inspired some of our best fiction

Susan Stokes-Chapman

26, Jan, 2022 @12:00 PM

Article image
‘I thought I’d written a stinker’ – Alistair McDowall on global hit Pomona and new play The Glow
He’s written horrors, thrillers and sci-fi odysseys. As his new play about Victorian spiritualism opens, the dramatist explains why no territory is out of bounds for theatre, not even Pluto

Natasha Tripney

11, Jan, 2022 @4:16 PM

Article image
Robin Hood society attempts to calm Sheffield-Nottingham birthplace row
New book ignites age-old debate over outlaw’s origins, but group’s chair says there is no evidence he existed

Jessica Murray

21, Dec, 2021 @5:25 PM

Article image
The 50 best films of 2021 in the UK, No 2: The Green Knight
Dev Patel goes on an extraordinary quest in sensationally beautiful film adaptation inspired by a 14th-century poem

Peter Bradshaw

16, Dec, 2021 @6:00 AM

Article image
Greek Myths: A New Retelling by Charlotte Higgins; Medusa: The Girl Behind the Myth by Jessie Burton – review
Weaving women and goddesses burst into life in two compelling new versions of the Greek myths

Hephzibah Anderson

28, Nov, 2021 @11:00 AM

Article image
A great walk to a great pub: the New Inn, Cerne Abbas, Dorset
Walk in the shadow of Cerne Abbas’s infamous giant then slake your thirst at a 400-year-old inn

Jon Woolcott

26, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

Article image
Greek Myths: A New Retelling by Charlotte Higgins review – gloriously interwoven tales
The classical stories of eight weaving women are depicted on their looms’ warp and weft in this thoughtful, dazzlingly illustrated collection

Edith Hall

29, Oct, 2021 @8:00 AM

Article image
Why people believe Covid conspiracy theories: could folklore hold the answer?
Researchers use AI – and witchcraft folklore – to map the coronavirus conspiracy theories that have sprung up

Anna Leach and Miles Probyn

26, Oct, 2021 @7:00 AM

1 / 5 pages