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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1401: Special Lecture: By Seven Firs and Goldenstone: An Account of the Legend of Alderley

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 19.30-20.30

Introduction:Richard Morris, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds / School of Music, Humanities & Media, University of Huddersfield
Speaker:Alan Garner, Blackden Trust

This lecture describes how, in examining a local oral tradition - a version of the myth of the Sleeping Hero, told to Alan Garner as a child by his grandfather - he was later able to discover evidence for the Bronze Age on Alderley Edge. As a result, Alderley Edge is now recognised as the earliest dated metal-working site in England.

Alan Garner is a much-published writer of fiction for children and adults. His works include The Weirdstone of Brisingamen (1960), The Moon of Gomrath (1963), Elidor (1965), The Owl Service (1967), Red Shift (1973), The Stone Book Quartet (1977), Strandloper (1996), The Voice that Thunders (1997), and Thursbitch (2003). He is recipient of The Carnegie Medal, The Guardian Award, The Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, The Phoenix Award of America, The Karl Edward Wagner Special Award, and First Prize at the Chicago International Film Festival for writing and presenting the documentary Images.