Links to useful websites, recommended reading, and good people to investigate! This is a work in progress.
Folklore, Fairy tales, and Storytelling
Website: Sacred Texts
The website Sacred Texts has a huge amount of Fairy tales, myths, legends, and sacred texts, including English Fairy Tales, a whole selection of “Celtic” Fairy Tales, and Y Mabinogi
The Grimm Fairy Tales
The Grimms’ Fairy Tales is a major classic collected in Germany by the two brothers, Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm. While you can read them online, there is now a beautiful collection of them by a Grimm scholar who has translated them back as close to the original stories that the Grimms recorded as possible. After the brothers first published them they came under some pressure to edit them for the children of the time, so some of the rougher aspects got polished out of many of the tales. If you can, I recommend “The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm”, translated and edited by Jack Zipes.
Or, The Grimms’ tales on Sacred Texts
Tim Sheppard is a storyteller that keeps a collection of resources for storytellers, with a page of links to stories by there for you to explore, currently down for edits but do keep checking back:
Society for Storytellers
A British storytelling society with an online journal:
Oral Tradition – Journal
A long running journal with an academic background looking at all aspects of oral traditions around the world: https://journal.oraltradition.org/
Chichester Centre for Folklore – Journal
The centre for studying folktales and fairytales in Sussex: https://www.sussexfolktalecentre.org/
Faery Magic by Halo Quin
Find some of my books and courses on faery magic here…
His book, Living World of Faery, (Mercury Publishing, 1999), was hugely influential on my early practice. Combining various stands of folklore and ritual magic, this and the books that followed it are very much worth investigating.
RJ Stewart’s website
The Ballad of Thomas the Rhymer is from the Borders of Scotland and is known as one of the “Child Ballads” because it was collected by Francis James Child in the 1800s. You can read the Child Ballads here: http://www.traditionalmusic.co.uk/child-ballads/
Faery Oracle, Brian Froud and Jessica Macbeth, Book/cards (Atria Books, 2001) – not strictly traditional, but drawing inspiration from folkloric sources and from interactions with the wild faery magic.
Please note that due to the vagaries of the Internet I’m not responsible for, nor able to guarantee, the content of the sites above, but please let me know if a link is broken here!