Staffordshire Folk Tales. (The Journey Man’s new book).

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The county of Staffordshire has a long history of Kings and Queens, saints and sinners, and of ordinary folk encountering magical things. Many travellers have passed through its lands, and still do, dropping the odd tale into the mix as they journey from east to west and north to south. Despite the Industrial Revolution and the laying down of motorways, the stories have remained and have often developed in response to changing times. They have always been under the surface, ready to be shared with any who would stop for a while and look a little closer.

This delightful book is a collection of those marvellous tales from the Moorlands, Mercian Staffordshire, “the middle” and the Black Country, brought together by the Journey Man from out of the darkness. These are the polished jewels of old Staffordshire, the stories that her people have held onto, even as they laboured for others in the factories and fired up the kilns.

The Journey Man has been telling stories to audiences across the world for some twenty years. His previous book, Cheshire Folk Tales, was published by the History Press in 2012.

I brought my copy of Staffordshire Folk Tales from W.H. Smiths in the town of Leek in the Staffordhire Moorlands, whether it is available further afield I do not know, however it is published by the History Press, The Mill, Brimscombe Port, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL5 2QG and the ISBN number is: 978-0-7524-6564-7 the price is £9.99.

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