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Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Dark side revealed at the library

You might be afraid or even very afraid to visit Dorchester Library from Monday when Dark Dorset celebrates its tenth anniversary with an exhibition devoted to the spooky and weird side of life in the county.

Folklorist Robert Newland, who started Dark Dorset with co-author and illustrator Mark North, will be stocking the library's exhibition case with boards and items relating to shivery topics like witchcraft, fairies, customs, superstitions and good old ghosts.

Robert, who lives at Upwey, said: "We're really interested in folklore and decided to write the book Dark Dorset. But it's such a big subject that when you delve into it you find more and more. Then we got interested in legends and customs and you find there's
even more there."

The exhibition is on for two weeks and will feature a reference to St George's Day, which is on April 23.

Robert is sure that people will be fascinated not frightened and says reassuringly that the screaming skull that forms one of the centrepieces is silent and well-behaved.

"It's plastic," he confesses.

Find out more on the www.darkdorset.co.uk website.

Source: Dorset Echo Wednesday, April 9, 2008

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