117: Faerie Artists: ‘The Twist-Thorn Tree’ featuring Richard McCloskey-Wall.

by Brett Manning.

If you’ve ever visited my Facebook or Instagram pages you will know how much I love to share the work of various artists.

Painters, illustrators, storytellers, photographers, writers, musicians, poets and great thinkers and there is a good reason I do this.

I believe there are ways of knowing and understanding the good people apart from actual visual sightings, physical encounters or verbal interaction.

I think we will come to understand them through our intuition, our memories, our ancestral memories, our night dreams and day dreams and… those of others.

by Iris Compiet.

Throughout this year, I hope to bring you some of my favourite modern artists, those who offer a genuine, heartfelt and unique perspective of the Good People through their chosen artform.

I wholeheartedly believe that by taking a peek into their creations, their motivation or inspiration, our own understanding of the Good People will be deepened and enriched.

We begin today with one of my favourite authors, Richard McCloskey-Wall. Richard is an Irish author who offers up a wonderfully refreshing depiction of Irish Faerie in his book, ‘Mrs Mulligan’s Mischief of Magpies & other dark Irish Fairy Tales.

The dark, tale Richard shares in this episode was inspired by faerie thorn trees in Richard’s own garden and shows us that when it comes to taking revenge, the good people can be slow and methodical for to achieve their goal.



by Lucy Campbell.


To celebrate 2 years of our Podcast, I am delighted to launch ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Patreon. If you enjoy my podcast and videos, please consider becoming a Patron, and supporting me on Patreon.

There are 4 levels or tiers within our Patreon, the first begins at only $3 per month and each level offers additional benefits and content. These range from:

  • having your name included in our YouTube videos,
  • having access to exclusive Patreon-only videos,
  • to receiving handpicked gifts from our online store or e-books, all Faerie related of course.

Did you know that many of the most famous and popular tales began as dark, cautionary tales? Our Patreon exclusive videos will lean toward the darker side of Folk and Faerie tales, this allows us to explore some of the original tales which have been watered-down over time to be kid-friendly. Our latest Patreon video is a great example of this.

I wonder… if you happened upon a house made of gingerbread and cakes, adorned in candies, chocolate and sweet pastries, what would you eat first?

Did you know the story of Hansel and Gretel, published by Brothers Grimm in 1812, was inspired by a great famine that struck Europe in 1314? This was a ghastly time. A time when parents abandoned their children and, it is said, in some cases ate them. This very dark tale certainly doesn’t shy away from the darker elements of human suffering and features child abandonment attempted cannibalism, enslavement, and murder. But… it is also the tale of wits, determination, love, loyalty and two indomitable children: Hansel and Gretel.

It’s a fantastic video, I really think you’ll enjoy it and its live today for Patreon subscribers. Please visit my Patreon page and take a look around. A Special thank you to our Patrons for this episode;

April Proctor, Brett Manning, Tsu, Janice Silva, and Beth Bloomer.


Mug by Phoebe Wahl.

Fancy buying me a coffee?

If you enjoy Encounters with the Good People and would like to give me a hand to continue in this work, please consider ‘buying me a coffee’.

This is a really quick, simple and safe way for you to donate and support my work. Simply click on the ‘Buy me a coffee’ icon on my website and you will be helping to create and produce ‘Encounters with the Good People’ Podcast and YouTube videos.

All support is greatly appreciated. Cheers, Kitty.


Aaaah!… shoes off, time to watch Kitty’s videos on YouTube.

Why not put your feet up and enjoy my YouTube Channel ?

Encounters with the Good People has launched two new series of YouTube videos: ‘Folk Tales & Faerie Tales’ and ‘YouTube Shorts’. These are in addition to our weekly ‘Podcast’ videos. Phew!

Relax and put your feet up (or lay your head down…) as I read well-known and lesser-known Folk Tales & Faerie Tales in a soft, gentle voice accompanied by soothing and delightful images. Sure to bring a sense of pleasant calm to the mind and spirit, these videos are suitable for everyone in the family to enjoy with a cuppa or as a bedtime story. To request a Folk Tale or Faerie Tale you would like Kitty to read, simply send an email with all the details to: glassonionstories@gmail.com

Fancy a little whimsy on the run? If you give me one minute, I will give you some philosophical, conversation starters, ghost tales or Faerie tales in my new series of ‘YouTube Shorts‘.

If you haven’t already, please pop into my channel on YouTube, hit that Subscribe button and also the ‘notifications’ bell icon. Please ‘Like’ my videos and leave a Comment too, as this helps make YouTube ‘notice’ my channel and support me to find an audience. Nice! And if you know anyone who might enjoy my videos, please Share with them too. Cheers, Kitty.


My Online Store.

Now you can take the Faerie folk with you everywhere you go! Mermaids, Banshee, Elves, Goblins and beautiful Celtic designs will enchant your everyday with a touch of whimsy.

My store offers Faerie inspiration to every member of the family. Including clothes for men, women, kids, toddlers, babies and expecting Mums too. There are other great items too, a variety of bags, from a tote to a backpack or lunchbag, as well as drink bottles, caps, wee pins, mousepads and more.

It’s super easy, simply look for ‘My Store’ on the menu bar of my website, click the link and begin browsing. I hope you love it as much as I do. Happy browsing! Cheers, Kitty.


by Zoe Oakley.

Fancy more Encounters with the Good People?

For a daily peek at modern and historical encounters with the Good People, plus loads of great links, conversation starters and otherwise hard-to-find information on the Good People, visit Kitty’s Facebook page.

Or, for a dose of Faerie on the go, drop into Kitty’s ‘Faerie Lucky Dip’ over at Instagram and Twitter. Kitty posts once a day and you never know what you might get. Faerie top tips, fun facts, art, poems, and short tales.

Do you have your own tale of a Faerie sighting or encounter?

Perhaps you have your own story to share?

Kitty would love to hear from you and share your tale on our website or upcoming book. After receiving suggestions and requests from listeners of this podcast all over the world, I’ve decided to put together a book of ‘Encounters with the Good People’. In this book I’ll include tales of encounters both historical and modern. So, if you, someone in your family, or a trusted friend, have had your experience with the Good People and are happy to share that experience, please let me know. I’d love to hear from you. You can email me at glassonionstories@gmail.com

Don’t forget… 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 on https://www.encounterswiththegoodpeople.com


by Julia Jeffrey.

Podcast Credits.

Edited by Magic Dan.

Story written and told by Richard McCloskey-Wall from his book ‘Mrs Mulligan’s Mischief of Magpies – Dark Irish Fairy Tales’.


Theme Music: ‘Irish Coffee’ by Giorgio di Campo.

Tenebrous Brothers Carnival – Mermaid by Kevin MacLeod
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4474-tenebrous-brothers-carnival—mermaid
License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license

‘Alone with your voices’ by Marc v/d Meulen.

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