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Test Valley Tales

From dragons and magical fish to enchanted trees and spectral horses, 'Test Valley Tales' brings the stories and legends of this beautiful borough to life through the Test Valley Tales illustrated book of short stories and its associated podcast.

With 10 story locations to choose from to visit, families can immerse themselves in the stories as they enjoy the wonderful walks and picturesque places Test Valley has to offer. 

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The Project story


I am thrilled to have been awarded an Arts Council Grant for 'Test Valley Tales' which will be one of Test Valley Arts Foundation's Borough of Culture Legacy Projects.

‘Test Valley Tales’ is a project to develop and communicate 10 stories which are linked to 10 localities in the Test Valley area. Stories are based on traditional folk tales and legends and will reveal Test Valley as a place rich in stories and culture with some wonderful locations of interest for families to visit.

While Test Valley already has some traditional folk tales and legends attached to it, for example, ‘The Wherwell Cockatrice’, there are many great locations which aren't currently linked to stories. For these, I have sourced traditional folk tales from other areas as the inspiration for a story and re written them with the location in mind. 

The project is therefore a combination of re-imagining stories that already exist and creating new ones for the future. 

Test Valley Tales is an integrated project containing three linked elements:

  • A Podcast

  • An illustrated Book of short stories 

  • School’s Storytelling Workshops



Project Collaborators 


Artists, Maija Liepins and Susan Merrick are creating original artwork for the book, taking inspiration from both the stories and their locations.

Composer/Folk musician, Paul Sartin is creating original music for the podcast as well as sourcing traditional music to complement the story themes and locations. 

The Book and podcast are both set for release this Summer 2021.

We hope there will be lots of community involvement with the project.

If you are interested in becoming involved or would like further information.

Please contact me directly at: mgrstorytelling@gmail.com

Watch this space for information on how to buy the book and listen to the podcast!

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