68 – Trows, Finfolk & Elves with special guest: Storyteller Tom Muir

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Could this fella be a Trow?

On this week’s episode, we are joined by a very special guest: Storyteller and Author Tom Muir. tom muir

A native of the Orkney Islands, Tom not only has a background in Archaeology…

but enjoys a passion for preserving old Orcadian lore and …

absolutely delights in sharing the joy of storytelling with others.


Tom joins us for a relaxed sort of chat, offering insights into Folklore, sharing thoughts on the sacred connection between Faerie and the people and landscape of the Orkney Islands and of course, breaking into tales including: Trows, Finfolk and Elves.


PRIZE GIVEAWAY  tom muir book (2)

Would you like to win a copy of Tom’s book ‘Orkney Fairy Tales’?

In this beautifully illustrated book, Tom shares ancient tales told fireside by the Picts and Vikings of fin folk, mermaids, witches and selkies and more.

Encounters with the Good People is giving away a copy of Tom’s wonderful book and winning has never been easier!

To enter this book giveaway, simply tell me which member of the Good People is your favourite, or which Faerie you find the most interesting.

So, it might not be a friendly helpful faerie, it might be the one you would least like to encounter, but I would love to know which Faerie you find most interesting and why.

Simply send me a quick message. You can email me, leave a message on my website, on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter: whatever suits you best.

Everyone who shares their favourite Faerie with me goes in the draw to win a copy of Tom’s book ‘Orkney folk tales’. So get thinking and get typing, I can’t wait to hear from you.

Giveaway closes on Friday 22nd May. Winner announced on Monday 25th May on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and on the Podcast of Wednesday 27th May.


Fancy taking a peek inside Tom’s book ‘Orkney Folk Tales’? Follow this link to Amazon to check it out.  ‘Orkney Folk Tales’ by Tom Muir. 

Drop into Tom’s own website to find loads more great information about Orkney Folklore and listen to his catalogue of free audio stories: ‘Tales for Troubled Times‘. Tom’s website.


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Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website.

Our website is bursting with true, and amazing, tales of encounters with the Good People from folk all over the world. You’re sure to find a tale there to get you thinking… Thanks to everyone who has shared their own experiences with us so far.


Podcast Credits.

Edited by Magic Dan


Theme Music:

‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo


Additional Music:

‘The Road Home’ by Royalty Free Music – Alexander Nakarada.

‘The Emerald Hills’ by Trey van Zandt.

‘Quiet Place’ by Jonny Easton.

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