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Dr Amy Jeffs

Dr Amy Jeffs: Storyland: A New Mythology of Britain

Monday 23 May | 5-6pm

£8 Venue: QUAD

Monday 23 May, 5pm-6pm at QUAD

Shortlisted for Waterstones Book of the Year, Storyland is a new illustrated mythology of Britain, set in its wildest landscapes where Dr Amy Jeffs reimagines these myths of homeland, exile and migration, kinship, loyalty, betrayal, love and loss in a landscape brimming with wonder.

It begins between the Creation and Noah's Flood, follows the footsteps of the earliest generation of giants from an age when the children of Cain and the progeny of fallen angels walked the earth, to the founding of Britain, England, Wales and Scotland, the birth of Christ, the wars between Britons, Saxons and Vikings, and closes with the arrival of the Normans.

These are retellings of medieval tales of legend, landscape and the yearning to belong, inhabited with characters now half-remembered: Brutus, Albina, Scota, Arthur and Bladud among them.

Amy takes us to beautiful, sacred places, including prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge and Wayland's Smithy, spanning the length of Britain from the archipelago of Orkney to as far south as Cornwall; mountains and lakes such as Snowdon and Loch Etive and rivers including the Ness, the Soar and the story-silted Thames in a vivid, beautiful tale of our land steeped in myth.

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