The Forgotten & the Fantastical: Reimagining Fairy Tales

Elizabeth Hopkinson

Yorkshire & Humber
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Paid: £50 for a 1-hour talk, plus 25p per mile outside BD14.
23rd January 2019
Fiction | Fairy Tales | Story Telling | Writing

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.

"I found your stories, the Ice Queen, and Sleeping Beauty very enthralling. I was held from beginning to end."

"I love listening to you. Very descriptive, very absorbing. Can see it as you read."

"Such inspiring and beautifully written stories with wonderful imagery so expressively read. I enjoyed this afternoon enormously."

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."
Kate Garrett

"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

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About Elizabeth Hopkinson

Elizabeth Hopkinson is a fantasy fiction writer with a deep interest in history and fairy tale. She has had over 80 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/Tiny Tales from the Hidden Grove, two collections 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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