Tales from the Forest Lands

Tales & Legends from Finland

This volume of tales from the north concentrates on Finland. Much of Finnish mythology survived within an oral tradition of mythical poem-singing and folklore well into the 19th century. One of my favourite aspects of Finnish mythology is the wonderful sense of darkness at its heart. As ever, my voyage of discovery through these stories has been a delight. More
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About Clive Gilson

I was born in 1962 into a predominantly sporting household – Dad being a good footballer, playing senior amateur and lower league professional football in England, as well as running a series of private businesses in partnership with mum, herself an accomplished and medal winning dancer.

I obtained a degree in History from Leeds University before wandering rather haphazardly into the emerging world of business computing in the late nineteen-eighties.

A little like my sporting father, I followed a succession of amateur writing paths alongside my career in technology, including working as a freelance journalist and book reviewer, my one claim to fame being a by-line in a national newspaper in the UK, The Sunday People.

I also spent 10 years treading the boards, appearing all over the south of the UK in pantos and plays, in village halls and occasionally on the stage of a professional theatre or two.

Following the sporting theme, and a while after I hung up my own boots, I worked on live TV broadcasts for the BBC, ITV, TVNZ, EuroSport and others as a rugby "Stato", covering Heineken Cups, Six Nations, IRB World Sevens and IRB World Cups in the late '90's and early '00's.

I try to combine my love of storytelling with a passion for information technology, and am currently Vice President - Technology with a major UK FinTech company.

You can find out more about Clive’s work and contact him at: https://www.boyonabench.com

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About the Series: Tales from the World's Firesides
These collections of stories from around the world bring together magical tales told by firelight since the very first men and women came together to make sense of the world around them.

These tales are universal. These tales have instructed us, have cautioned us, and entertained us for millennia. Read these stories again in soft light with a glass of something warming by your side. Read them aloud to friends and family.

These stories are magical. Let that magic flow…

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