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Folklore of Pagham-on-Sea: Jennet, Jenny and Pinnie-Pen

A folktale from Pagham-on-Sea, recorded by Rev. J. D. Allardyce (1904). There's a tale told of Barrow Field though no folk believe on it now, of the time Old Joss Hunderby went widdershins around the largest of the barrows there after a lamb, and before he knew what was what a door opened in the… Continue reading Folklore of Pagham-on-Sea: Jennet, Jenny and Pinnie-Pen

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Overheard in Pagham-on-Sea

There is now a dedicated Twitter account, @OverheardPoS, for all those random things you might overhear around town, plus scraps of related prose. I'm using the prompts from #vss365 (vss is the abbreviation for very short story); #ConverStory (no dialogue tags, dialogue only, so perfect for 'overheard' snippets); #BraveWrite, #HorrorPrompt and occasionally some others like… Continue reading Overheard in Pagham-on-Sea

Writing Prompt

Rapunzel Stories

Hair-Raising Twists Ah, another classic tale that's had a lot of interesting adaptations over the years... Hopefully my musings are also helpful for sparking inspiration, and it's a lot of fun coming up with prompts based on the various elements of the tales. Some of my favourite versions of this story include¬†The Stone Cage by… Continue reading Rapunzel Stories

Writing Prompt

Beauty and the Beast Stories

Modern Perspectives on a Tale As Old As TimeThere's been a lot of discussion around the live action Beauty and the Beast [BB] film re: Stockholm Syndrome and whether Belle is a role model figure or not. I'm not going to go into that here - I think there's lots of ways retellings can go… Continue reading Beauty and the Beast Stories

Writing Prompt

Sleeping Beauty Stories

My Sleeping Beauty ThemeMy forthcoming paranormal novel, The Crows, is a kind of gender-flipped Sleeping Beauty story, where the [female] protagonist wakes a sentient house from its dormant state, only for it to fall in love with her. It's Sleeping Beauty meets Stephen King's Rose Red, set in a creepy town on the south coast… Continue reading Sleeping Beauty Stories