Fireside Tales of the Traveller Children

By Duncan Williamson

Edited by Linda Williamson

Format: Paperback

A collection of traveller stories which include fables, wonder tales and splendid horror stories.

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Birlinn Limited

Birlinn publishes mostly non-fiction books, ranging from biography to history, military history and Scottish interest. Their imprints, Polygon Books, Arena Sport Books and John Donald Books, publish a wide variety of genres including culture, literary fiction, poetry and sports.

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Duncan Williamson was a Scottish traveller who went on to become one of Britain's master story-tellers. During his lifetime he was acclaimed 'the greatest English-speaking storyteller', 'the national monument of British storytelling' and, at his death, Scotland's 'greatest contemporary storyteller'. "Fireside Tales", his first book, reveals this artistry and mastery in all its glory. This new edition is edited by his wife, Linda Williamson. "Fireside Tales" is narrated with an intense commitment to generations of the travelling people, who used animal fables, wonder tales and splendid horror stories to instill in their children moral judgment and a knowledge of right and wrong. At every corner the technical skill of the narrator is revealed, his ingenious mixture of conversation and action, frequent change of pace, use of the first person - all attributes of the born storyteller which compel attention, where tension and excitement are at fever pitch throughout. With a universality that can relate to every reader, this book represents one of the great collections of traveller stories.

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Format Paperback
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 26 Mar 2009
ISBN 9781841588148
Number of Pages 224

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'Scotland's greatest modern-day storyteller'

 'Exemplary and delightful'

'A treasure trove of oral storytelling'

'Duncan Williamson's stories: a priceless part of our heritage, to be savoured'

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