The Gold in Your Own Backyard with Elizabeth Garner and Dr Tim Campbell-Green

What are the stories that lie hidden in our known landscape? How do folk tales and archaeological finds combine to reveal traditions that have survived across centuries?

Author Elizabeth Garner joins archaeologist Dr. Tim Campbell Green for an afternoon of readings, discussion and demonstration. Taking the setting of Bishop Lloyd’s Palace on The Rows as their starting point, they will visually recreate a journey through the streets of Chester, back in time and through folklore – and home again. Expect magic, mystery and mischief as found objects and retold tales are shared – all rooted in our sense of history and place.

The event will also feature the work of local sculptor Liz Ellis and Devon-based wood-engraver Phoebe Connolly as a further focus on the relationship between story, objects and landscape. 

Elizabeth Garner

Elizabeth grew up in Cheshire, surrounded by folklore and folk tales. She is an award-winning author of two novels: Nightdancing and The Ingenious Edgar Jones, both of which are underpinned by myth and folklore. Her collection of rewritten Folk Tales: Lost & Found was published this September. She now lives in Oxford where she teaches creative writing at Oxford University Department for Continuing Education and works as a freelance fiction editor. She is also the Arts Trustee at The Blackden Trust. Follow her on Twitter where she shares old and interesting books, folklore, and, of course, many stories. @Lostandfoundst2 

Dr. Tim Campbell-Green

Tim has been a professional archaeologist for over 25 years, but a love of old things and a naturally inquisitive nature has meant a fascination in the past has always been with him. He gained a PhD in 2005 from The University of Sheffield. His research interests include the study of the social and ritual elements of apotropaic marks, and the sacred and profane aspects of bent coins. He has worked in a number of archaeological, education, and heritage roles and is currently the Head of Research and Education at The Blackden Trust. He lives in the Peak District with his family, and can be found blogging about archaeology, bits of old pottery, and folklore at

You can also follow him on Twitter @RobertHamnett

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