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Suffolk Folk Tales (Folk Tales: United Kingdom) Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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About the Author
Kirsty Hartsiotis is a member of the storytelling company Fire Springs, with whom she has coproduced many shows. She came to storytelling with a lifelong love of folklore and history, having trained in history of art and medieval studies, and has a particular interest in telling stories for the heritage industry, in which she’s worked for 15 years interpreting history for wide audiences. Her book Wiltshire Folk Tales was published in February 2011. She grew up in Suffolk and maintains strong links with the county. She has her own website, www.kirstyhartsiotis.co.uk.
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Since, sadly, many of these old tales have died out, we can be immensely grateful to Kirsty Hartsiotis for preserving thirty of them for us in this book. Since, from an early age, I became familiar with the tale about Tom Tit Tot including its sequel featuring the Gipsy woman, I was not best pleased when I first came across the German version entitled 'Rumplestiltskin.' . I made up my own tale about it in which a German, who had first heard the story on a visit to Suffolk, had made mistakes in the retelling of it on his return home.
Suffolk tales in this book, such as Tom Tit Tot and Cap o' Rushes, along with many other English folk tales from other counties, have a bite to them that is absent from both the collection made by the Brothers Grimm and the tales invented by Hans Christian Anderson. Here we have the genuine tales invented or remembered by country folk as they sat by the fireside during the long winter evenings. I can recall how my father related some of these tales to me by the firesides of long ago. They were part of a rural idyll now passed away. This gem of a book is a precious jewel forged in the fires of all that was good about past times.