Being given the opportunity by The History Press, Ireland, to write some of the stories from the repertoire of Antrim storyteller, Billy Teare has been amazing. Like all creative ventures, it may appeal to none, some or all, but still, we thought it worthwhile to take some time to honour the tradition and culture of storytelling in a book.
We have been supported and encouraged along the way, by people who understand ALL the difficulties involved, even in stating a story is PURELY from one area, when so many folk tales are universal.
That said, there are stories included that are associated with Co Antrim: great myths and legends. We wanted to give a nod to those ready mades, but also to create tales within tales. We got ideas from old handwritten accounts and texts we found through research on Antrim, that convey the beliefs, characters, superstitions, trades, lifestyle and locations for readers.
We also utilised members of Billy's family, for history and background that we could use simply and pertinently, to describe rural Antrim folk, their community and lives. (And deaths).
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