Ronald James explores the rich stories of Cornish folklore in relation to his new book on the subject published in 2019 by the University of Exeter Press A trite question often surfaces during media interviews: ‘What is your favourite … fill in the blank’; in my case, ‘what is your favourite Cornish legend?’ With the…Continue Reading “Reflections on Cornish Folklore”

Along the Atlantic Coast of Cornwall, a few miles west of St Ives, sits the small village named “Zennor.” The village is home to 196 residents, a small pub, a few guest houses, and a church. Although the church itself is of Norman origins, it is said to stand on the site of a Celtic…Continue Reading “The Mermaid of Zennor”

Part one of the introduction by T J Kennedy to this series gave a panoramic over view which covered global aspects of the topic. In this section he discusses Cornish facets of the subject matter in greater depth. Much has been written reference Cornish myths and folklore. For example, Craig Weatherhill and Paul Devereux in…Continue Reading “Cornish Myths & Legends – Part Two”

Tom Kennedy returns with the first of a 2 part introduction to his new series Folklore, Myths and Legends of Cornwall. The second part will be available next month. In the meantime, you can read previous submissions in the series here. Introduction The forthcoming twelve part series entitled Folklore, Myths and Legends will unsurprisingly discuss topics…Continue Reading “Folklore, Myths and Legends of Cornwall: Introduction part 1 – ‘Configuration’”

Regular contributor and sub-editor Tom Kennedy is back with this insight into his new series, Folklore, Myths and Legends of Cornwall. In this article, Tom introduces some of the esteemed academics and contributors who will be supporting him and provides an insight into what you can expect over the coming months. Folklore and mythology are an integral part…Continue Reading “Insight into the upcoming ‘Folklore, Myths and Legends of Cornwall’ series”

Mawgan Porth beach

Taken from Elizabeth Dale’s blog, the Cornish Bird Blog, readers are invited to join her in her travels along Mawgan Porth where she delves into the history of mermaids. You can read Elizabeth’s blog here. I took the opportunity of spending beautiful Good Friday walking along the cliffs at Mawgan Porth.  This stunning stretch of the north…Continue Reading “Mermaids Sighted in Cornwall”