Book Release! Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies 500 AD to the Present

Delighted that the book Mark Norman and I contributed to, has been published to rave reviews and is available from Amazon or by contacting me directly.

Magical Folk: British and Irish Fairies 500AD to the Present, is a collection of fairylore and fairy sightings from around Britain and Ireland.  Our Devon chapter offering features two modern sightings and the fantastic response to our research largely gave birth to my ongoing project, Modern Fairy Sightings.

The book’s creator and editor, Simon Young of the Fairy Investigation Society had also undertaken a fairy census from 2014-2017, the results of which are available on their website.  The Fairy Investigation itself also released Seeing Fairies, formerly unpublished accounts of fairy experiences collected by Marjorie T. Johnson of the Fairy Investigation Society which Young resurrected in 2013.

Much of our research took place at The Museum of Witchcraft and Magic library and many of our interviews and material will be released in due course.


Here are references and links to some of the reviews: book review 21 May book credit 9 Apr 27 Feb

IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY MoreBooks review ‘Away with the fairies’ 25 Feb

NEWS AND STAR (Cumbria) ‘Some people died because of fairies’ pp 18-19 20 Feb

LITERARY REVIEW  ‘In the Court of the Seelie King’ pp20-21 14 Feb

YORKSHIRE POST ‘The Fairy hoax that enchanted the world a century ago.’ 14 Feb (Magonia) review 7 Feb review 3 Feb

FORTEAN TIMES (Feb) column Fairies, Folklore and Forteana, book plug 2 Feb

FORTEAN TIMES (Jan) 5 Jan, Front cover lead, Column Fairies, Folklore and Forteana, book plug, 3-page bookreview

MAIL ON SUNDAY review ‘Away with the fairies’ 31 Dec

REDDITCH STANDARD – interview, book plug news 29 Dec


GLASGOW HERALD review ‘A big insight into the lives of little people.’ 23 Dec 20 Dec

NEW SCIENTIST Feedback column 18 Dec

SUNDAY TELEGRAPH  – On the Shelf, lead review ‘Britain once teemed with fairies.’ Four stars 17 Dec

INDEPENDENT – ‘Something wicked this way comes.’ 14 Dec

DAILY TELEGRAPH – Sacred Mysteries ‘Three kinds of fairies.’ p33 book feature 9 Dec 9 Dec 9 Dec

FORTEAN TIMES (Dec) ‘Fairies, folklore, forteana.’ Away with the fairies’ book feature 7 Dec

THE SUN  ‘Away with the fairies’ book feature 6 Dec ‘Fairies and where to find them’ book feature  6 Dec ‘Erotically charged’ sex fairies spotted trying to join in on human romps.’ book feature  6 Dec ‘People having sex outdoors are joined by sexy fairies’  6 Dec