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.

 

Ondine

 

 

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

 

Once

 

 

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

 

The Last of the High Kings

 

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▶ 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!

 

Classics

 

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?

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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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