A collection of Suffolk stories has been published by MA students at the University of Suffolk.
Suffolk Folk is an anthology written by students on the MA in Creative and Critical Writing. The stories celebrate folk tales and legends from our region with each story set in a different town or village.
From green children and fairies, to mermaids, malekins and monsters, these original retellings of folk tales for today contain the limitless power of storytelling and provide the perfect escapism from a busy, turbulent world.
Student Caroline Roberts said, "The Suffolk Folk Anthology project was a great chance to explore the traditional tales and legends of Suffolk, and to understand their purpose and significance to the people who told and retold them in the past.”
“The tale which I chose to re-imagine was about a changeling, and became quite a personal yet, I believe, universal story of motherhood. It's hugely rewarding to have my story published alongside those of my fellow writers on the MA course, and wonderful to keep the tales alive by adapting and introducing them to contemporary readers."
Included in the anthology, which launched on Monday 20 September, are the winning stories from the University of Suffolk Student New Angle Prize Writing Awards 2021. The competition runs alongside the New Angle Prize for Literature for writing which evokes the spirit of East Anglia. Winner Zoe Gilbert commented on the anthology saying “‘These writers illuminate the power of folklore itself. It still speaks to us, and moves us, because we are as human as we ever were.”
Dr Amanda Hodgkinson, Course Leader for the MA in Creative and Critical Writing, said “The English Department are really proud of this year's cohort. Suffolk Folk is a wonderful collection of old Suffolk myths, legends and folklore rewritten for a contemporary audience. Since Christmas the students have been regularly featured on BBC Radio Suffolk and BBC Radio Norfolk reading their work which has been a fantastic opportunity for them and was well received.”
“Alongside promoting the Anthology, the students have been online Writers in Residence throughout the year with diverse organizations in the UK and internationally, including a school in China. The students have also had success in writing competitions, gained internships and won places on writing master classes. Looking ahead, we've got a group of new and talented writers joining us on the MA this September and lots of ideas for a whole new anthology of stories for next year!”
The book launch follows a successful week for the English department. English and Creative Writing at the University of Suffolk were ranked 8th in the UK in the Guardian University Guide 2022.
Suffolk Folk is now available in bookstores nationwide including Waterstones, Ipswich.
University of Suffolk Press Office