Folklore and mythology

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‘A very big day’: villagers hail return of first Haxey Hood game since pandemic
Thousands gather as centuries-old rough-and-tumble contest is held for first time since pandemic

Robyn Vinter

06, Jan, 2023 @2:52 PM

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Cloven Country by Jeremy Harte review – in search of England’s devil
Folklore and tall tales drive this demonic tour of England

PD Smith

23, Dec, 2022 @9:00 AM

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Loki by Melvin Burgess review – tales from a tricksy Norse god
In his debut adult novel, the Junk author writes from the perspective of a silver-tongued deity

Philip Womack

10, Nov, 2022 @11:00 AM

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Chiara Bersani: Seeking Unicorns review – moments of mythical presence
With delicate movements and precise details, the Italian performance artist evokes a magical creature against a backdrop of fantastical art

Lyndsey Winship

23, Oct, 2022 @11:42 AM

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The real-life mermaids turning fantasy into reality on Britain’s shores
For centuries, tales of mermaids have bewitched both sailors and girls. Now fish-tailed women are making those stories come true. By Anna Fielding

Anna Fielding

16, Oct, 2022 @9:00 AM

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BBCSO/Oramo Total Immersion: Sibelius the Storyteller review – hair-raising climaxes and soaring intensity
A day of concerts led by Sakari Oramo and the BBC Symphony Orchestra explored the Finnish composer’s tone poems and songs, and made for a vivid - and special - experience

Andrew Clements

10, Oct, 2022 @9:24 PM

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Ingrid Pollard: Three Drops of Blood review – finding magic and myths among the ferns
Race, botany and folklore are interwoven with sublime skill by the Turner-nominated artist to explore colonial attitudes to race and Englishness

Ashish Ghadiali

06, Sep, 2022 @10:16 AM

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Joseph Delaney obituary
Children’s author whose popular series beginning with The Spook’s Apprentice drew on Lancashire history and folklore

Julia Eccleshare

02, Sep, 2022 @4:12 PM

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Map may prove ‘Welsh Atlantis’ rooted in fact, say academics
Professors say two islands in Cardigan Bay are clearly marked on the Gough map held at Bodleian library

Sophie Zeldin-O'Neill

21, Aug, 2022 @4:46 PM

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Where the wild things are: Alys Tomlinson’s portraits of island traditions
British photographer Alys Tomlinson explores faith and community in her austere and unsettling portraits of the ancient folk characters of Sicily and Sardinia

Sean O’Hagan

20, Aug, 2022 @3:00 PM

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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

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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

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