Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

Hag: Forgotten Folktales Retold

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Hag is a collection of forgotten folktales wildly reimagined by some of the most exciting women writing in Britain and Ireland today.

They are all very singular stories with the common theme being they are based on folklore retellings so I found this easier to read in parts as the stories are so distinct in styles and topics. Finding out this collection of stories has previously been (at least parts) available as a podcast with stories specially written for a speaking performance, definitely made me interested in the audiobook format of 'Hag'. Their potency and darkness transmuted, a warning, a lesson, brimming under the surface of our lives. Some might find the style McBride uses here overwrought ('she's trying too hard' is something that I can imagine some might say), but it worked very well for me.Rosheen' by Irenosen Okijie is based on 'The Dauntless Girl' and feels solidly Gothic while discussing heritage and courage. Short stories are particularly helpful when concentration ability is lower, such as it might be during lockdowns. As with most short story collections, some were absolutely standout (for me, A Retelling and The Panther's Tale), most were enjoyable, and I didn't gel well with a couple of them.

Hag swarms with mermaids, boggarts and shape-shifters but it also explores the hopes and visceral dreads from which those creatures emerged in the human imagination. Acc to Carolyne Larrington in the introduction, The British and Irish folktale traditions slipped away between the 18th and 19th centuries while other fairytales like the Grimms and Andersens’ with strict morals became popular.Most of the stories in 'Hag' are darker than I expected, not only because the heavy themes they often explore, but also because of certain meta-fiction element you can see especially see in the few stories.

Carolyn Larrington says, 'our everyday is not a disenchanted place', and these tales provide that continuity from the past to the present that helps ground us. A fellow and Vice Chair of The Royal Society of Literature, she is the co-presenter of the BBC's Novels That Shaped Our World podcast, Turn Up For The Books.We even have a panther, the Goddess Kali, tales of exploitation, trauma, and the exploration of the relationship between sisters. Originally this collection was a published as an Audible podcast where the authors were interviewed after each version of their folktales.

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