Enter a magical, mysterious and dangerous world, as Elizabeth Hopkinson takes you into the world of fairy tale.
For the last three years, Elizabeth's stories have appeared in The Forgotten & the Fantastical, an annual anthology of fairy tales for grown-ups. In this talk, Elizabeth will read from those stories, explaining something about the inspiration behind them and how they came to be written. Expect enchanted forests, lost children, war-weary princes and and silent nuns. Fairy tales are not just for children, nor are they simply relics of the past. They are constantly being rewritten and reimagined. Come and discover how the fairy tale tradition is alive and kicking in Britain today.
Praise for The Forgotten & the Fantastical
"Each of these stories comes with a stunning new twist on tradition; they are stories full of love, and always a light-in-the-darkness lift... A magnificent collection."
"Wise women, children, bears, and ravens, these are stories that hear the songs of mermaids and strange sounds in the woods - an utterly enchanting anthology." Angela Redman
Elizabeth Hopkinson is a fantasy fiction writer with a deep interest in history and fairy tale. She has had over 70 short stories published, and won a number of prizes, including the James White Award 2005, and a runner-up prize in the Jane Austen Short Story Award, which won her story "The Delaford Ladies' Detective Agency" publication in the acclaimed Dancing with Mr Darcy, edited by Sarah Waters. Her solo books include historical fantasy Silver Hands (inspired by the fairy tale "The Handless Maiden" and set in the Golden Age of Sail) and Tales from the Hidden Grove, a collection of previously-published short stories. Elizabeth studied English Language and Literature at the University of Leeds, graduating in 1995. Since then, she has spoken twice at the university's Careers Expo, on the Writing and Publishing panel. She has delivered several talks and workshops at Swanwick Writers' Summer School, and has appeared twice at Ilkley Literature Festival Fringe.
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