Blog posts with the tag: "fairy tales"

Ok, so not all of these films are magical as such, but there is something about them, something that the mystical beauty of the Emerald Isle brings that makes them special. They are not high brow or political, but they are charming.


My great-granny was an Irish lass, and although I never met her, I do have a great love for Ireland perhaps because I know it is in my heritage. From the stories penned by the great Irish writers, the folklore, the heart-warming food, great craic and the music; my memories of holidays throughout the country fill me with cherished memories.


So, here are my favourite Irish films. Meanwhile I’m going to try and find some colcannon to eat. Yum.


The Secret Of Roan Inish



A beautiful family film about a little girl and a Selkie legend.





Yes, another Selkie film. I remember reading about selkies as a child and finding the legends both beautiful and sad.





The more well known of the bunch, especially since becoming a musical.


The Last of the High Kings





▶ Summer Fling (The Last of the High Kings) – Trailer – Film Dailymotion.


This was called Summer Fling in the States, which makes it sound like a teen rom-com, which I suppose in some ways it is, but it also a coming-of-age story with a great 70s soundtrack. Unfortunately the trailer doesn’t do it much justice either – you’ll just have to take my word.


Into the West



Another folklore type film, this time about a horse (if memory serves me right, the horse is referred to as a Kelpie in the film, but luckily not the drag you underwater and eat you type of Kelpie).


The Boys from County Clare



A comedy about a ceilidh band contest starring Colm Meaney and Andrea Corr.


High Spirits



Ahh. A classic, at least in my eyes. I used to watch this film a lot along with about five other stock 80s films which they had to rent in my local video shop. Also, the second Neil Jordan film on this list. I love most of his films.


Happy St Patrick’s Day!




In honour of National Storytelling Week, I decided to compile a list of books that I loved as a child. I don’t have any children yet, but as a book geek, I have already envisioned collating all the best books to read for bedtime stories to my future children. There are also some books here that I didn’t read in childhood because they weren’t written then or I discovered them later on.


The Secret Garden and A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett


I Capture the Castle by Dodi Smith


Greyfriar’s Bobby by Ruth Brown


Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White


The Railway Children by E. Nesbit


Most books by Roald Dahl


The Chronicles of Narnia books by C.S. Lewis


Malory Towers by Enid Blyton


The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy


Jinny at Finmory Books by Patricia Leitch


Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling


The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams


What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott


Anything by Beatrix Potter and the subsequent books by Emma Thompson


Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne


Carrie’s War by Nina Bawden


The Desperate Journey and The Boy with the Bronze Axe by Kathleen Fidler


Stig of the Dump by Clive King


Ingo series by Helen Dunmore


Aquamarine by Alice Hoffman


Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame


Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London


Goodnight Mister Tom by Michelle Magorian


Tom’s Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce


The Demon Headmaster by Gillian Cross


The Tiger who Came to Tea and the Mog books by Judith Kerr


Various books by Shirley Hughes


Meg & Mog by Helen Nicholl


Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle


The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum


Nancy Drew books by Carolyn Keene


Milly Molly Mandy by Joyce Lankester Brisley


The Borrowers by Mary Norton


Ring of Bright Water by Gavin Maxwell


The Whales’ Song by Dylan Sheldon


Point Horror books


Sweet Vally High books by Francine Pascal


Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Bibbett


The Little Prince by Antoine De Saint-Exupery


Horrible Histories books


War Horse by Michael Morpurgo


Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild


Paddington Bear by Michael Bond


Black Beauty by Anna Sewell


Flower Fairies of the Garden


National Velvet by Enid Bagnold


The Iron Man by Ted Hughes


Coraline and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman


Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder


Katie Morag Stories by Mairi Hedderwick


Gracie the Lighthouse Cat by Ruth Brown


Tales of George and Matilda Mouse by Heather S. Buchanan


Fairy Tales by various


Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd


Lorna Doone by R.D. Blackmore


I’m sure I’ve left some off the list as I devoured books all through my childhood! What are your favourites?

Heather Blanchard

Welcome. Are you a writer, a bookworm, a daydreamer? Are you still clinging on to that magic that pervaded childhood? Pull up an armchair and get cosy. This blog is my dreamscape through an enchanted forest to a world of stories and the little things that make me happy; a chance to add a dash of sparkle to the daily grind. Here you will find the whimsical, the coveted, the Gothic and the romantic. Happy exploring!

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