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Hag

Forgotten Folk Lore, Retold As Feminist Fables
Length: 8 hrs
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Summary

Winner of the Bronze Fiction Podcast award at the 2020 British Podcast Awards

Exploring otherness, identity, faith, religion, gender and sexual trauma, Hag brings together a gripping collection of tales that are unsettlingly timely and wickedly sinister. Each story is inspired by a forgotten folk tale sourced from across the UK by Professor Carolyne Larrington, a specialist in Old Norse and British fairy tales at St John’s College, Oxford. Drawn from illuminated manuscripts and other folkloric traditions, these stories have been revised and reimagined by authors local to each region. Just as the Brothers Grimm codified Germany’s rural folk lore, Hag catalogues the early myths and legends that have shaped the UK’s storytelling heritage. 

Each story has been richly sound-designed, combining subtle vocal effects, atmospheric textures and an original score. 

Listeners who want to find out more about the forgotten folk tales that inspired Hag will be able to explore further with a series of accompanying interviews between Professor Carolyne Larrington and the authors. 

This is an Audible Original Podcast. Free for members. You can download all 8 episodes to your Library now. 

©2019 Daisy Johnson, Eimear McBride, Kirsty Logan, Mahsuda Snaith, Naomi Booth, Emma Glass, Natasha Carthew, Liv Little (P)2019 Audible, Ltd.

Hag: Forgotten Folk Lore, Retold As Feminist Fables

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Critic reviews

"Relevant and intriguing." (New Statesman)

"A return to traditional forms of storytelling." (The Times)

"Sharp writing and cleverly done." (The Spectator)

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  • 26-11-19

retelling and reclaiming

I love fairy and folk tales that are not Disney, because they are a little piece of the past that many people have collectively felt resonate in them enough to keep alive down many decades and generations. These are personal feelings and experiences that are either shared or ring true for different people for different reasons. There is a strong sense of being connected to the past thru the stories, in a way that is quite different to a moralizing retelling. Disney is a hollow style of retelling which tries to apply a formula or an agenda. I loved that the writers of each of these retellings added something personal and relatable, a key into the concerns and cares of the people in the past that has let us access some quite stark and coded messages in a deep and tangible way.

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Some of these short stories will stay with me

A lovely, interesting, enchanting set of short stories & a wonderful way of introducing new authors. A couple of the stories will stay with me for a while. Well Done.

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  • 03-09-19

Intrigued

I am truly enjoying the revised perspectives, the discussion afterwards. I am only on the 3rd story but I do use reviews to guide my purchases, downloads, consumption patterns and would hate for other listeners to miss out due to the guidance of the first 2 reviews.

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Disappointing performance

Whilst I enjoyed the story and the three main characters, the delivery was disappointing. It was monotonous for the most part. Unless it was supposed to be part of the idiolect of the characters, the pronunciation of words such as 'arksed' for 'asked' grated on my ears.,along with several other words. It ruined the narrative for me.

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50/50

The stories were good apart from the tales of Kathleen. I did not enjoy the analysis at the end. The performances were amazing though.

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Dull, Over-Analysed and Tedious. Just not for me!

I listened to 3 'fables' before deleting the book from my device. The original tales behind these stories were probably told and listened to with more excitement and thrill, upholding the morals that they describe. Modern adaptations sound dull by comparison (probably due to the vast array of media content we are exposed to today). In depth analysis after each story was told, made me feel like I was back at Uni being lectured and it was a chore to listen to. I am sure others will really enjoy these tales but sadly they are just not for me this time.

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Boring

Boring and I could not finish it. Bored, bored, bored, bored, bored, bored, bored, bored.

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this is great stories and very well performed!

great to listen to got it as I wanted something small bite that did not require great commitment but end up marching through them! also was nice to have the interview in the end of every story with the writer

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Not as advertised

I'm confused by how this is discribed as "sinister". Dull, yes. Interesting, not really. The description of the folk tale behind the first story, for instance, sounded a lot more interesting and dark than the reimagined version. Really failed to deliver for me.

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Interesting parallel if old and new

This is my first listen of audible podcast Hag I cannot wait to explore the next story. Loved the selkie story

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