Illustrated Tales of Warwickshire Cover Reveal Coming Soon…

It’s not long now till Christmas 2021, and I was delighted to receive the first proof of my forthcoming book Illustrated Tales of Warwickshire, and of the cover design. I love the choice of photos for the cover, and their design and layout. I look forward to being able to share my Cover Reveal with you soon, early in the New Year 2022.

Hall’s Croft in Stratford-upon-Avon, the scene of many uncanny tales – photo from Illustrated Tales of Warwickshire by SC Skillman – photo by author

Illustrated Tales of Warwickshire is due to be released by Amberley Publishing on 15th April 2022.

But it is now on pre-order, which means you can go to many online book retailers, such as here or here to register your interest, add it to your “wishlist” and make sure of getting your copy, well before publication date.

Farmyard scene in Warwickshire village Lower Quinton – an idyllic rural community where a notorious murder took place decades ago which remains the longest unsolved case in the records of Warwickshire Police. Photo taken from Illustrated Tales of Warwickshire by SC Skillman. Photo by author.

Illustrated Tales of Warwickshire is packed with quirky and intriguing stories of ancient legends and ceremonies, folklore and folk customs, and unusual Warwickshire people. The 100 photos in the book are mainly taken by myself, and by my son Jamie Robinson and my daughter Abigail Robinson both of whom are excellent photographers besides their other talents: Jamie is a satirical blogger and aspiring screenwriter; Abigail is a filmmaker, editor and videographer.

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Folk Festival Fun for Warwick

This weekend Warwick hosted its annual Folk Festival.

Morris Dancers (photo credit Abigail Robinson)
Morris Dancers (photo credit Abigail Robinson)

Folk dancers and singers were out in force together with a wide variety of creative stallholders and vendors, and everywhere we saw bright coloured clothes and gypsy-style skirts and hats decorated with flowers.

In common with many others I love to watch to listen to folk songs and watch folk dancing; it strengthens our sense of community and connects us with our traditions and our agrarian culture of centuries ago.

Mummers (photo credit Abigail Robinson)
Mummers (photo credit Abigail Robinson)

There is always a tendency to idealize life in Britain before the industrial revolution, when those in the country villages practised all sorts of traditional customs, many related to our superstitious beliefs of the past.

And yet folk memory is strong within us, and it can never be eradicated. It reappears in so many ways in our contemporary lives; in lingering folk religion and folklore, in our language, and in our actions, whether conscious or unconscious.

I love to watch the mummers and the morris dancers, and to see their eccentric costumes and the vigorous, energetic dances.

 

dancers at the Warwick Folk Festival (photo credit Abigail Robinson)
dancers at the Warwick Folk Festival (photo credit Abigail Robinson)

 

This is a part of English society that we can well celebrate, long into the future.

 

Bruce Knight conducts the Warwick Folk Festival
Bruce Knight conducts the Warwick Folk Festival Choir (formed 6 weeks before the festival)