Last year I was asked to write an introduction for a collection of modern folktales, myths and legends to be published by English Heritage.
The result was These Our Monsters, featuring work by Edward Carey, Graeme Mcrae Burnet, Fiona Mozley, Sarah Hall and many others.
I talked to three of the authors for This Writing Life podcast. The first is Edward Carey, the novelist and illustrator whose works include the 'Iremonger Trilogy' and his fabulous novel about Madame Tussaud, Little.
Edward's story 'These Our Monsters', which gives the book its title, is inspired by the legend of the Green Children of Woolpit, in Suffolk. Its extraordinary narrator is one of the villagers, whom I described (if memory serves) as two parts Gollum to one part Alf Garnet, as he attempts to make sense of this universe-altering visitation.
Edward's reading more than lives up to his prose. Our interview will follow, as will readings by and conversations with Graeme Macrae Burnet and Fiona Mozley.