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Modern Fairies

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Modern Fairies

Modern Fairies

Oxford University

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In Series One Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield introduce the themes of traditional British tales about fairies with some readings and songs, the inspiration for their new creative project ‘Modern Fairies and Loathly Ladies’. Tales about the Other World, fairy lovers, fairies and children and helpful fairies, along with the monstrous females who must be disenchanted by the hero are the themes of the five episodes. In Series Two Carolyne and Fay discuss the creative works that the project generated, exploring the themes that particularly inspired the artists and the new themes that they evolved for themselves. The five new episodes introduce the project and its artists, and then explore ideas of fairyland as an alternative time and space, fairies and children, fairies and the environment and fairy and other magical transformations.Modern Fairies is a unique collaboration between leading songwriters, musicians, artists, poets, filmmakers and researchers to develop exciting new work, presenting fresh perspectives on what folklore means to us in the modern world.

Latest Episodes

Series Two Episode Five: Fairy and Other Transformations

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield discuss the theme of transformation through fairy or other kinds of magic.

23 minSEP 22
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Series Two Episode Five: Fairy and Other Transformations

Series Two Episode Four: Fairies and the Environment

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield talk about a new theme that emerged in the ‘Modern Fairies’ project, fairies as guardians of the environment.

23 minSEP 22
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Series Two Episode Four: Fairies and the Environment

Series Two Episode Three: Fairies and Children

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield uncover the works inspired by the strange tale of the Green Children and the changeling legend.

21 minSEP 22
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Series Two Episode Three: Fairies and Children

Series Two Episode Two: Fairy Time and Space

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield explore the ways in which the project artists engaged with the fairy world as parallel and yet distinct from our world, and the ways in which time warps in the other world.

31 minSEP 22
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Series Two Episode Two: Fairy Time and Space

Series Two Episode One: Introducing the Modern Fairies Project

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield introduce the artists and outcomes of the Modern Fairies Project.

13 minSEP 22
Comments
Series Two Episode One: Introducing the Modern Fairies Project

Loathly Ladies

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield talk about the loathly lady: the hideous hag who knows the secret that the hero seeks, and whom he must learn how to respect. In the last podcast of the current series, Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield discuss the figure of the loathly lady. Sometimes transformed through her own agency, sometimes the victim of a spell, she knows the secret of what women really want; can the hero who marries her put his new-found knowledge into practice? We also talk about monstrously transformed women; those who await the hero with the courage to look beyond appearances to the inner beauty of the beast.

27 min2019 FEB 26
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Loathly Ladies

Fairies, Children and Changelings

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield talk about the strange interest that fairies take in human infants, and the plight of children who stumble into this world, and can’t get home. We explore how fairies seem to have difficulty in giving birth, and they need humans midwives to help. One of the strangest medieval stories is that of the 'Green Children' who appear in the human world in twelfth-century Suffolk and can’t find their way home again. We also talk about changelings, the puny, wizened infants swapped by the fairies for healthy human children.

23 min2019 FEB 19
Comments
Fairies, Children and Changelings

Helpful Fairies

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield discuss how fairies and humans can co-operate and assist each other. Although fairies can be highly dangerous there are domains of life where they need human help. Giving birth is one; human midwives are needed to help fairy babies into the world. Working with iron is inimical to many fairies too, and they will give fine rewards when humans fulfil the bargains they’ve made. And we also discover how fairies, particularly the trows of Orkney, love a good tune ….

20 min2019 FEB 12
Comments
Helpful Fairies

Fairy Wives and Fairy Lovers

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield talk about love and marriage between humans and fairies. Fairy mistresses and wives, humans captured by the fairies and animal brides feature in tales that address tensions in marriage, the longing to escape everyday life and find love elsewhere, and the sorrowful choices that women who marry away may have to make.

32 min2019 FEB 8
Comments
Fairy Wives and Fairy Lovers

Introducing Fairies and Fairyland

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield introduce the Modern Fairies project and talk about traditional imaginings of fairyland. Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield in conversation about traditional British tales about fairies. In this first episode they talk about the ways in which mortals come into contact with the fairies, what happens when humans are taken into the Other World – the strange tricks that time plays, the dangers that human-fairy encounters run. They also introduce the Modern Fairies project in which writers, musicians and artists come together to make new creative responses to the fairy themes explore and outlines in the series. Brian McMahon reads some excerpts from the tales about fairies that are focused on this episode.

34 min2019 JAN 28
Comments
Introducing Fairies and Fairyland
the END

Latest Episodes

Series Two Episode Five: Fairy and Other Transformations

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield discuss the theme of transformation through fairy or other kinds of magic.

23 minSEP 22
Comments
Series Two Episode Five: Fairy and Other Transformations

Series Two Episode Four: Fairies and the Environment

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield talk about a new theme that emerged in the ‘Modern Fairies’ project, fairies as guardians of the environment.

23 minSEP 22
Comments
Series Two Episode Four: Fairies and the Environment

Series Two Episode Three: Fairies and Children

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield uncover the works inspired by the strange tale of the Green Children and the changeling legend.

21 minSEP 22
Comments
Series Two Episode Three: Fairies and Children

Series Two Episode Two: Fairy Time and Space

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield explore the ways in which the project artists engaged with the fairy world as parallel and yet distinct from our world, and the ways in which time warps in the other world.

31 minSEP 22
Comments
Series Two Episode Two: Fairy Time and Space

Series Two Episode One: Introducing the Modern Fairies Project

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield introduce the artists and outcomes of the Modern Fairies Project.

13 minSEP 22
Comments
Series Two Episode One: Introducing the Modern Fairies Project

Loathly Ladies

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield talk about the loathly lady: the hideous hag who knows the secret that the hero seeks, and whom he must learn how to respect. In the last podcast of the current series, Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield discuss the figure of the loathly lady. Sometimes transformed through her own agency, sometimes the victim of a spell, she knows the secret of what women really want; can the hero who marries her put his new-found knowledge into practice? We also talk about monstrously transformed women; those who await the hero with the courage to look beyond appearances to the inner beauty of the beast.

27 min2019 FEB 26
Comments
Loathly Ladies

Fairies, Children and Changelings

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield talk about the strange interest that fairies take in human infants, and the plight of children who stumble into this world, and can’t get home. We explore how fairies seem to have difficulty in giving birth, and they need humans midwives to help. One of the strangest medieval stories is that of the 'Green Children' who appear in the human world in twelfth-century Suffolk and can’t find their way home again. We also talk about changelings, the puny, wizened infants swapped by the fairies for healthy human children.

23 min2019 FEB 19
Comments
Fairies, Children and Changelings

Helpful Fairies

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield discuss how fairies and humans can co-operate and assist each other. Although fairies can be highly dangerous there are domains of life where they need human help. Giving birth is one; human midwives are needed to help fairy babies into the world. Working with iron is inimical to many fairies too, and they will give fine rewards when humans fulfil the bargains they’ve made. And we also discover how fairies, particularly the trows of Orkney, love a good tune ….

20 min2019 FEB 12
Comments
Helpful Fairies

Fairy Wives and Fairy Lovers

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield talk about love and marriage between humans and fairies. Fairy mistresses and wives, humans captured by the fairies and animal brides feature in tales that address tensions in marriage, the longing to escape everyday life and find love elsewhere, and the sorrowful choices that women who marry away may have to make.

32 min2019 FEB 8
Comments
Fairy Wives and Fairy Lovers

Introducing Fairies and Fairyland

Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield introduce the Modern Fairies project and talk about traditional imaginings of fairyland. Carolyne Larrington and Fay Hield in conversation about traditional British tales about fairies. In this first episode they talk about the ways in which mortals come into contact with the fairies, what happens when humans are taken into the Other World – the strange tricks that time plays, the dangers that human-fairy encounters run. They also introduce the Modern Fairies project in which writers, musicians and artists come together to make new creative responses to the fairy themes explore and outlines in the series. Brian McMahon reads some excerpts from the tales about fairies that are focused on this episode.

34 min2019 JAN 28
Comments
Introducing Fairies and Fairyland
the END
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