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Mermaids Ahoy!

Folklore is tanatlising. Around the coast of Wales and indeed the British Isles, stories, themes and fantastical creatures appear time and time again. It conjures up a sense of a past filled with goblins and witches, tylwyth teg, sirens and selkies. Of course some of these appear in the stories of other lands too, albeit with a slightly different cultural slant. I’m a storyteller, so I’m not going to venture into the debate about whether or not these creatures are or were ever ‘real’. For me, they are alive in our storied imagination, in our landscape and in the shallows and depths off our coast. The north Pembrokeshire coast between St David’s and Fishguard that is our focus for the Ancient

Ancient Connections: Stories that Connect and Confound

Over the next couple of years, I'll be working on a fantastic community heritage and arts programme led by Pembrokeshire County Council called ‘Ancient Connections’. The project will link communities across the Irish Sea and generate new works of art, community projects, events and activities, inspired by the stories that connect these two regions of north Pembrokeshire and north Wexford. During this first phase of the project, my colleagues at Abarta Heritage in Ireland, Gwilym Morus-Baird and I are researching the history and stories of these communities by rifling through dusty archives and ancient libraries, and I'll be sharing a few of the gems we find here. But, not everything is to be

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