Away with the fairies for folklore fantasy talk

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Writers and scholars from across the world can now explore the importance of fairy tales in literature and culture thanks to a new project based in Sussex.

Professor Bill Gray, an English lecturer at the University of Chichester, is the brainchild behind the new Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, which launches this month.

The centre seeks to explore, discuss and celebrate the folktales, fairy tales and fantastic imagination from across the world that has led to bestselling fantasy works by writers as diverse as JRR Tolkien, Terry Pratchett, JK Rowling, Angela Carter, Philip Pullman and CS Lewis.

The launch of the centre will be marked by a lecture tomorrow given by Dr Diane Purkiss of Keble College, Oxford, who has published extensively on fairies and witches,

The free event will take place from 5.15pm in the Mitre Lecture Theatre at the University of Chichester's Bishop Otter Campus.

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