A collection of dark and bewitching adult fairy tales written by staff and students from the University of Central Lancashire has been snapped up by bookshops.
The Red Rose Book of Fairy Tales is the latest publication from UCLan Publishing, UCLan’s own university press, and contains a selection of nine short adult fairy tales written by staff and students from across the university.
The wannabe writers’ work is now on the shelves in large book shops such as Waterstones and Blackwells after a competition set by Helen Day who was course leader for the MA Publishing last year prompted them to put pen to paper and come up with either an original story or a new twist on an old tale.
The best entries were edited by students on the MA course who also had to select the order and lay out the design.
Helen Day said: “This project reveals the incredible talents of our staff and students. The stories chosen for book are dark, sensual, disturbing and bewitching. Contrary to popular belief, fairy tales are not always aimed at children, indeed the earliest oral folk versions were told to adults.
“As these contributors come from almost every school in the university it just goes to show that you never know who has a secret writing talent and is waiting for such a competition to reveal themselves.”
Contributors include Ian Crook, senior lecturer in media production; Barbara Brown, Kathy Bullough, Amy Binns, senior lecturer in journalism; Jon Aveyard, composer and lecturer in music practice; and Cathy Lennon, a research projects assistant in health who is now a full-time writer Andrew Phillimore, a postgraduate,recent fine art graduate Faye Spencer; and the cover was designed by Claire Geddes.