I AM a born and bred Devonshire boy. As I listened to the chapter ‘Of the Tales Told by the Fireside in the Pipers’ I was taken to that place – and it was wonderful! I was in that book, and such were the descriptions that I could hear the creaking door hinges and I could smell the fire.
I love the moors and creaky doors and olde worlde stuff; and I love this book. With its picturesque details and authentic Devonian characters and dialogues it took me right there – to an old pub somewhere on the edge of the moor.
Charming and atmospheric, but realistic and well researched: The author has certainly done the home-work on our folklore.
It is a wonderful book. Fantastic, amazing and wonderful!
~Michael Lewis Hunt
• visit the Books page for other reviews plus some audio extracts from the book
There is nothing more magical and alluring than this Land of Twill, with its most extraordinary inhabitants. Written in a crystal bright language, you become absorbed into this sparkling world of its wonderful people and events. It’s a land we image, dwelling somewhere end of the rainbow that we’ve always, especially as children, wanted to visit, or even live. I myself have a passion to live there.
The author imagines it for us, the story beginning with Lord Oaken and his emergency meeting in the handsome council chamber hall of Hollyberry Hall with its walls ‘ornamented with bas-relief figures of animals and birds and flowers painted with vibrant colours.’ At this meeting sit, as well as keep entering, a fabulous array of characters, from elves to folk of all descriptions. The Vale of Twill, with it accompanying maps, holds many surprises, for there is a new world here to be discovered…
Mike Penney (published poet, author, singer / songwriter &photographer)
A gathering of fans, friends and followers at the historic Bogan House in Totnes to celebrate the launch of my first book, The Folk of the Twill. I’ve included a few photographs of Bogan House itself, to give you a feel of this wonderfully atmospheric place. Click the images to view larger – or click HERE to go to see them full size on the new gallery page. Thanks to Sarah Neighbour for the photographs.
For those who want to find out more about TRANSFORMATIONAL CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS,
please come to an introductory talk: Wednesday 28th October, 7pm, at Bogan House, High Street, Totnes.
• this is followed at7.45pm (see below) by my Public Reading of further Chapters of my bookTHE FOLK OF THE TWILL
You are invited to a PUBLIC READING of further Chapters of my bookTHE FOLK OF THE TWILL
please come along to Bogan House, High Street, Totnes, on Wednesday 28th October, at 7.45pm.
• this follows on (see above) from my Introductory Talk on TRANSFORMATIONAL CREATIVITY WORKSHOPS at 7pm