Preserving the Old Gower Fairytales

Support local Storyteller, Sian Cornelius, working to preserve the Old Gower Fairytales..

A number of years ago I was working with another storyteller called Peter Stevenson. He has a PHD in folklore and was researching in Aberystwyth archive library for a book he was writing. He came across fragments of really old fairytales from Gower and said “these are your stories, you have to have them”. There were 4 stories all together ‘Pennard castle’ (a well known local story), ‘Come and come again beer’ based in Llanmadoc, ‘Old Moll’ based in the Parkmill area and ‘The Ox of Eynonsford farm’ based near Reynoldson.

Speaking to a friend of mine Stef (who’s family have been on Gower for generations), her Grandmother used to tell her ‘The Ox of Eynonsford farm’. It turned out I had about a third of the story, the lovely Stef gave me the rest.

Stef took me to the places associated with the stories, we placed them back into the landscape. I then worked with the fragments of each story and with their renewed landscape connection, they became whole again.

In order to preserve these stories I’ve written them down and I am crowd funding to publish them as a book.

This project will only be funded if at least £1,500 is pledged by 15th September 2020 at 11:50am.

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