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Forest: Fact and Fantasy

Disasters, dragons and dark deeds: Dean Writers bring local history to life
A new book Forest: Fact and Fantasy is the latest offering from the daring team of writers who produced the popular book of ghost stories, If You Go Down to the Woods: A Dean Witch Project. This time they have spent two years delving into the history of the Forest and surrounding area asking questions such as: What were the Romans doing at Clearwell? What happened to the Italian prisoners of war at the camp near Speech House? Who was the White Lady of the Wye? These stories together with a host of anecdotes, legends and childhood memories are creatively expanded and illustrated to inspire readers to visit local places with new enjoyment.

Claire Hamilton, creative director of On the Edge Publishing said: ‘The stories bring local history and legend alive. Forest: Fact and Fantasy will be a revelation to locals and make the perfect visitor’s companion.’
Come and meet the Forest of Dean Writers over a glass of wine at the launch in Coleford on Thursday 17th April at the Forest Bookshop from 6.30pm onwards and see for yourself what they have come up with this time.

Crossing Borders coverADVANCE INFORMATION of an event in June that celebrates the publication of Crossing Borders (date to be announced soon)

Crossing Borders, with words by  best-selling author Julia Gregson , and portraits by photographer, Alex Pownall, the book is  a celebration of diversity and achievement, of the women who live and work in the Wye Valley .

The  21 women featured in the book, include, Grand National trainer, Venetia Williams,  Revel Guest, documentary film maker and producer of the fim ‘War Horse,’  Mezzo soprano, Catherine King, potter Mary Rose Young, entrepreneur, Sally Bailey, Olympic athlete, Jenny McLoughlin, gardener and writer, Anne Wareham, Marian Voyce, butcher, Andrea McLean, artist and many others who have  received world-wide recognition in their field.


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