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WOLVERHAMPTON LITERATURE FESTIVAL

FRIDAY 1ST - SUNDAY 3RD FEB 2019

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Sun 3rd Feb 2019

Bantock House Tractor Shed

6.30PM - 8PM

£7

 

Following last year’s sell-out performance of Breton Tales After Dark, writer and storyteller John Edgar brings us another anthology of some of his favourite tales from across the channel.

 

In 19th Century Brittany life could be dramatic enough, but what happened next was far more exciting. And even if someone were still alive there was always a curse to speed up the journey to the great beyond. But once you’d killed them, what if they wouldn’t lie down? What if they didn’t want to keep still?

 

In this collection of dark, eccentric and bleakly comic stories and folklore, we learn about the voueueses, those with the secret knowledge and power to curse, we meet the dead who won’t lie down (like the skull that wants its bonnet back), and we encounter the exorcists whose job is to try and make sure that the departed stay where they belong. And, of course, there are John’s usual hints and tips for keeping on the right side of death. From the hidden statues that could give justice where it was due, through ghostly revenants unable to rest until things were put right, to a classic werewolf legend, this is a bleak and eccentric celebration of a time when two worlds met on a daily – or, more often, nightly – basis.

 

 

THE HANGED MAN

(and Other Dark Tales From Brittany)

translated and retold by

John Edgar

 

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