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.
ADVANCE 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.