The Ghostly Lugger and Other Goonhilly Folk Tales

On 26th September, I ran family creative writing workshops as part of Goonhilly Village Green, a wonderful project merging art, science, nature and community. Together we explored the flora and fauna of the heath and talked about its history and its ghostly tales before creating stories and characters (human and otherwise) to populate the imaginary sixth parish of Goonhilly. Originally inspired by the legend of Croft Pasco pool – in which a ghostly lugger inexplicably appears when the moon is full – participants of all ages created a collection of their own haunting tales.

In the stories, you can meet the giant Arthur, who created Croft Pasco pool by hurling rocks between the sea and an imaginary Croft Harbour, and Heathy, who gave his name to the surrounding Heathland in his battle against the giant. Meet poor Hereina, whose son was stolen by the “child taker” of the pool, and threw herself in the water in her grief. Meet Marie, whose throwaway wish not to have a sister tragically came true when a spriggan stole her away, and the benevolent Lydia, a ghost who longed to talk to the children – Nena and Freddy – who played in her forgotten garden. There’s lonely Ned, who drinks too much and is haunted by the memory of a lost love, and Ben and Jemima, children lured into the depths of the heath by a mysterious, magical light. Clever Bob the Fisherman managed to outwit the spriggan who stole his child, by summoning magical creatures who came to his aid. Alas, however, poor Michael Bright was not so lucky. He longed to bring his wife back to life but got more than he bargained for …

Check out the stories here.

Source: The Ghostly Lugger: Goonhilly Folk Tales with Kelly Stevens

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