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Five 'Walking Stories' audio books launched

Five new audio books set on the Isles of Scilly launched yesterday as part of the Creative Scilly Festival.

Walking Stories features work by five acclaimed authors, who have each created a short story set on one of the inhabited islands.

War Horse author Michael Morpurgo has written Half a Man, set on Bryher, described as a "poignant yet uplifting tale of the physical and mental scars of war, and the relationship between young Michael and his Grandpa".

Sam Llewellyn's Valhalla, set on Tresco, is about the Valhalla figureheads in Tresco Abbey Garden, which are "so powerful that it is possible to believe that they are alive..."

Piers Lewin has written The Green Flash, about a little girl on St Agnes in the Bronze Age, while Wyl Menmuir's story Images I did not capture with my camera traces a route that spans six decades and "recounts a wild life of basking sharks, fishing for eels and pilchards, falling in love, and a deep and enduring relationship with St Martins".

Finally, Marion Molteno's Touching Base focuses on Karen, who has brought her five-year-old grandson to her home on St Mary’s to give her daughter a break at a difficult time.

The stories, which are narrated and accompanied by original music, are best enjoyed on the islands for which they were created. They are available as a free download on the Visit Isles of Scilly website.

The inaugural Creative Scilly Festival runs until May 22nd.


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