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Introducing Fairies and Fairyland

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Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield in conversation about traditional British tales about fairies. In this first episode they talk about the ways in which mortals come into contact with the fairies, what happens when humans are taken into the Other World – the strange tricks that time plays, the dangers that human-fairy encounters run. They also introduce the Modern Fairies project in which writers, musicians and artists come together to make new creative responses to the fairy themes explore and outlines in the series.

Brian McMahon reads some excerpts from the tales about fairies that are focused on this episode.