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Weird Trails – Guest Blog: Pauline E. Dungate

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Day four of our guest blogs leading up to the launch of Weird Trails – Urban Fantasy Walks brings us something from another of the ladies, Pauline E Dungate.

“Birmingham is at the centre of so much and has history dating from the Bronze Age. It has seen a lot of incomers and people passing through, all of whom bring their own myths and legends with them. Not only can the fantastic creep in from all corners of Britain, it follows the people who come here.

“I came to Birmingham from the south of London and have been here for forty years so I probably know the city better than my home county. Unlike London, all human habitats are within easy reach and it is a very short journey from city centre to rural countryside. Digbeth is just one facet.

“If I were to pick another town (besides London) to set a piece of urban fantasy in, it would be Rye in Sussex. Partly because I know the place ā€“ my grandparents lived there ā€“ partly because it has history, legend and access to the continent.”

Posted by Fringeworks in Guest Author Blog on Thursday, September 19th 2013 at 12:24 AM
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Weird Trails – Guest Blog: Lynn M. Cochrane

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With the launch of Weird Trails – Urban Fantasy Walks only three days away, it’s time for the third in our series of guest blogs. This time from local writerLynn M. Cochrane.

Beorma-inge-ham. Bremisham. Brummagem. Made in Birmingham. Brummie-gems. It was a bye-word for fair quality, crafted goods – nails, chains, guns, jewellery, toys, cars. It was a multi-ethnic, multi-faith, multi-cultural settlement long before such words were needed. And people told stories. How else to entertain each other in the gap between work and sleep? How else to explain the sights, sounds and smells of the urban area? How else to remember what happened when reading and writing were skills of the few? How long before the stories slithered out of one culture and into another, wyrms and ghosts and spiders joining the current ethnic mix? Gems of memory, sparkling among the gems of crafting and manufacture, glimpses of pasts that were and yet may be. Stories…..

“And some of them may feature a short, round red-head, born and raised in the suburbs – me! So when I tell my own urban fantasies, where else will I base them? This Brummie-gem will tell her own Brummie-gems – unless I track back through the cultural heritage. After all, the novel Iā€™m working on is set in Stirling with its steep, grey cobbled streets and ancient stone walls……”

Posted by Fringeworks in Fringeworks News on Wednesday, September 18th 2013 at 12:21 AM
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