Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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Some of the stories are more ambiguous than fairytales generally are, hinting at explanations that are less overtly paranormal influence and more mental illness, grief, or human violence. I have loved Logan's writing ever since The Gracekeepers so it should be no surprise that this was a standout to me. IRENOSEN OKOJIE is a Nigerian British author whose work pushes the boundaries of form, language and ideas. Originally this collection was a published as an Audible podcast where the authors were interviewed after each version of their folktales.

An appendix at the end presents the folktales upon which the commissioned authors worked their contemporary magic. The authors bring their own backgrounds and experience to these strange, vivid, atmospheric, distinct, different, haunting and weird stories, providing perfect reading matter for those long and dark Autumn and Winter nights. Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold is a collection of ten short stories or I should say re-tellings of ten short stories. There is a vague whiff of her legacy to be found here - a few incidents of sensuality, a few moments that address female appetites – but overall Hag lacks the creativity, imagination and, quite frankly, the subtle yet pointed political engagement that make The Bloody Chamber so compelling. While the stories are all told in vastly different ways, they all leave you with the feeling that maybe there is something more out there.In Hag a range of brilliant female authors from Britain and Ireland were assigned a folktale and given free rein on how to adapt it.

The stories were picked from different parts of the UK and Ireland and gave all managed to capture what the local areas have to offer. I would say some are stronger than others and tricky on kindle to figure out with ease who wrote what. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Cookie preferences, as described in the Cookie notice. Hag swarms with mermaids, boggarts and shape-shifters but it also explores the hopes and visceral dreads from which those creatures emerged in the human imagination. Eimar McBride’s The Tale of Kathleen is a relatively unembellished version of a folktale from Ireland which pits against each other Christian belief and fairie traditions.I'm exhausted by stories about pregnancy and childbirth being the only Universal Womanly Experience and that's a core feature of the majority of these stories (and you'll never guess what core underlying trait isn't in the two I sort of liked). This is 100% personal but I find it very hard to read about stories in which a person cheats on their sibling with that sibling's partner, which therefore made it hard for me to enjoy this particular story.

Highly recommended, particularly for those readers interested in becoming acquainted with a flavour of the range of British folk tales and their retelling. About a princess who is bound to a loveless marriage to a prince (by magic) and is cursed to be a panther. Each story is given either a feminist or a modern-world slant, or both, using the original stories as inspiration, rather than simply reproducing or ‘twisting’ them. I did not really connect with McBride's story, but otherwise loved the rest, particularly Snaith, Glass, Booth and Johnson's offerings. I remember reading the story of the Green Children as a little boy, and Johnson’s retelling evoked the same nightmarish, claustrophobic yet strangely thrilling feelings that the tale had first instilled in me many years back.Overall, Hag is a successful endeavour, in that it brushes the dust off some excellent British and Irish folklore. The authors focus on the various themes, ideas and evolutions in a woman's life, whether it is the bond between sisters, the loss of one's self, motherhood, inherited pain, burning desire, friendship and freedom. That is not to say that these stories are by any means weaker or more predictable for having their authors’ hallmarks. Whilst they do hang together well as a collection, many of the stories have a rather half-baked quality and the links to the original folklore are tenuous and uninspired in places. All of the stories are set in and around the UK, but some carry flavours from their author’s cultural experiences and heritage that enrichen the style and content of the stories, and add layers to these stories of female ‘otherness’.

Her latest book ‘Born Between Crosses’ is a sequence of Prose-Poetry celebrating the working lives of Working Class Women, published with Hypatia Publications 2021 and her latest short-story features in HAG: Forgotten Folk Tales published by Virago Press. Sour Hall' by Naomi Booth is adapted from 'Ay, We're Flittin' and centralizes trauma, fear and anger as two women get used to living on their possibly haunted farm.We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. They have all taken the essence of the original and moulded and shaped it to a contemporary context. I enjoyed this collection, especially the stories, where bad men are put to a gruesome end, richly deserved.

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