Suffolk Folk Tales

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With its wild eroding sea, its gentle rolling fields and tall churches, Suffolk is a county of contrasts. It may seem a kindly and civilised place, but in that sea, in the reed beds, the woods and even down dark town streets lurk strange beasts, ghosts and tricksters.

These thirty traditional tales retold by storyteller Kirsty Hartsiotis take you into a hidden world of green children and wildmen, of lovers from beyond the grave and tricksy fairy folk. Shaped by generations of Suffolk mardle and wit, in these stories you’ll discover the county’s last dragon, the secret behind Black Shuck, saintly King Edmund and heroic King Raedwald, haunted airfields, broken-hearted mermaids and the exploits of the county’s cunning folk. Embark on this journey around Suffolk and you’ll find you’re never far from a story.


Kirsty Hartsiotis is a member of the storytelling company Fire Springs, with whom she has co-produced many shows. She came to storytelling with a lifelong love of folklore and history, having trained in history of art and medieval studies, and has a particular interest in telling stories for the heritage industry, in which she’s worked for 15 years interpreting history for wide audiences. Her book Wiltshire Folk Tales was published in February 2011. She grew up in Suffolk and maintains strong links with the county. She has her own website,