Bob Pegg words ~ music ~ place The purpose of this page is to give a general idea of recent happenings, what I’m up to just now, and future plans. If you need more information about anything here (or anywhere else on the site), please email me on catsback@gmail.com, or phone 01997 421186. I’ll be happy to help. I can also put you on my mailing list, if you’d like news about forthcoming events. Since it was published in 2012, Highland Folk Tales (The History Press) has sold over 1000 copies. It’s available online and in bookshops. Highland Folk Tales takes the form of a series of journeys through the far north, with the tales told along the way, including stories from Norse, Gaelic, Irish, Traveller, even Pictish traditions. The stories are funny, tragic, heart-warming and thought-provoking, all told with a great humanity that comes from a deep love of the stories and of the people who told them. The Orcadian ... a folktale gazeteer, a Highland tale-line...oral jewels, set in a filigree of mountains, moors, streams and lochs. Storylines excellent collection... a real pleasure to read... Cothrom   John Hodkinson provided illustrations for both Highland Folk Tales and The Little Book of Hogmanay, which was published in 2013, again by The History Press (£9.99). The latter is a collection of stories, verse, folklore, customs and the riotous history of the Scottish Midwinter celebrations. Below are three of John’s pictures: The Dingwall Crate, The Black Knight, and Auntie with a Hatpin. In 2014 I worked with John Hodkinson on a series of six Story Maps for Highland museums, as part of the Year of Homecoming. The maps were displayed in Strathpeffer, Newtonmore, Inverness, Gairloch, Grantown and Dornoch. They are big, the size of a large door, and use digital technology in bringing together folk imagery, photographs, old postcards etc to reflect the legends, folk tales, history and personal stories of each location. Maps shown above are for the Strathpeffer Museum of Childhood, the Highland Folk Park in Newtonmore, and Gairloch Heritage Museum. Warrior Blues was a commission for Play Pieces lunchtime theatre series, which and had its first couple of performances in late 2014 in Elgin and Inverness, and has since been performed at Whitby Folk Week, the Summer Isles Festival, and the Scottish International Storytelling Festival in Edinburgh. This is a summary of the solo performance, which lasts an hour: An old soldier sits alone with his guitar, composing songs. He is a survivor of the war that should have ended all wars. The songs are inspired by his experiences on the field of battle, and by his adventures during the long journey home. As he writes, he remembers the events which inspired the songs. Warrior Blues takes a story which is nearly 3000 years old, and retells it for the 21st century. Eternal themes of love, magic, violence, conflict and revenge infuse the new story, just as they infused Homer’s Odyssey. contact: catsback@gmail.com Saints and Sorcerers, haunted caves and bloody battles, fairy mounds and forsaken harpers - Argyll is teeming with folk tales. The region has played a key part in the history of Scotland since prehistoric times. From the Irish settlers who established the kingdom of Dal Riata, bringing with them the Gaelic language and the tales of Finn MacCool, to the Lords of the Isles, and the warring clans, the folk tales and legends of this turbulent place are gathered together here. The stories are set firmly in the Argyll landscape, among its mountains, lochs and islands. In tone they range from the wildly romantic to black farce, from magic realism to stirring adventure. Argyll Folk Tales, my third book for The History Press, was published in the autumn of 2015. It’s available in bookshops and online, retail price £9.99.