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Local Author and former Craven College Lecturer, Gavin Jones, has released a series of short stories set in Craven and the Yorkshire Dales. Great Grandson of the founder of Craven College, Gavin spent many years teaching a variety of subjects including Creative Writing and Media.
Here’s what Gavin had to say about his recent and upcoming publications:
” Ghosts and Other Tales are a series of books, published through Amazon. There are three short sampler editions – Abandon Hope, Ghosts and The Wedding Invitation – and a book-length edition named Ghosts and Other Tales. These will be released through 2018, with the book coming out in October.
They are set in and around the Yorkshire Dales and are very much rooted in the landscapes and people of Craven. In many ways, they are not conventional ghost stories. They do not set out to “scare” in a Hollywood way. I’m interested in the idea of being haunted: this could be by one’s past; by outsiders who make people question; by those glimpses out of the corner of the eye; by loneliness; by history or by phobias. Grief and grieving is at the heart of many of the stories. They are particularly human and humane tales. They are short tales. They focus on an event, on a detail or on a character. They are specific to a time, and place and an individual.
I doubt people will read them and not sleep afterwards. But hopefully, like some of M.R. James’ ghost tales, the stories will emotionally “creep up” on the reader.
I’m a writer, artist and musician living on the borderlands between Lancashire and Yorkshire. I’ve lived in over forty addresses during my life, and have a keen sense of being an outsider. This is in contrast to my family and heritage, as I have a family tree that goes back beyond the Norman invasion in Craven.
I’m interested in the infinite ways in which we can find meaning in place. Each journey through a place can furnish you with a new tale, with a new insight. You could see a place through a geologist’s eyes one day and through those of a ghost hunter the next. You could be disinterested one day and utterly absorbed the next. I am interested in expanding landscapes.”
Here’s a little taster: