69 – Selkie Tales & a (true) Folklore Love Story: with special guests Tom and Rhonda Muir

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by Katharine Soutar. From orkneyology.com

On this week’s episode, we are joined by two very special guests: Storyteller and Author Tom Muir and Author of orkneyology.com, Rhonda Muir.

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Stromness Harbour, Orkney. From orkneyology.com

Tom and Rhonda are passionate about preserving old Orcadian lore and sharing the joy of storytelling with others and both share a particular interest, and affection, for the glorious Selkie.

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Tom and Rhonda Muir from orkneyology.com

Tom shares a few classic Selkie tales with us, and we discover just how powerful folklore is in connecting people: over generations, beyond cultures, and even across vast oceans.

So, if you love a good love story, buckle up, because you’re in for a treat: a thoroughly modern, true love story steeped in the luscious backdrop of Orkney Folklore.

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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.


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Podcast Credits

Edited by Magic Dan

Theme Music:
‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo

Additional Music:
‘‘Old Soul’ and ‘Dancers in the Fire’ by Jonny Easton.
‘Happy Farmer’ by Chiro.

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