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Spirited Away (audiobook narrated by Tom Dawe)

Spirited Away (audiobook narrated by Tom Dawe)

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A young school teacher learns about strange lights in a foreboding marsh; a nurse in a remote outport visits the baby she delivered weeks before to find a devastating change; a woman meets a mysterious funeral procession late one evening; a musician falls thrall to a group of strange little people and can’t stop playing. The stories in Spirited Away are populated by the fairy-led, by changelings, by people who stray onto fairy turf and experience unnerving events.

These literary renderings of stories and anecdotes that author Tom Dawe has collected from across Newfoundland offer an accessible and engaging introduction to one of the Newfoundland and Labrador’s most powerful and peculiar folk traditions.

The print version of this book was recipient of a 2018 Aesop Accolade from the Children’s Division of the American Society of Folklore.

This audiobook is narrated by Tom Dawe, and was recorded and produced by Chris Brookes at Battery Radio in St. John's, NL.  Music by Christina Smith.

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Running the Goat, Books & Broadsides


On of Newfoundland and Labrador’s most respected poets, Tom Dawe has also been a high school teacher, English professor, visual artist, and editor. He has published numerous volumes, including poetry, folklore, and children’s literature. Recipient of many awards and honours, in 2007 he was elected to the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council Hall of Honour, and 2012 was named a member both of the Order of Canada and of the Order of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Spirited Away: Fairy stories of old Newfoundland, his book of fairy stories collected from across the island of Newfoundland, received an Aesop Accolade from the American Folklore Society’s Children’s Folklore Division. It is a companion volume to An Old Man’s Winter Night: Ghostly Tales which was first published in 2015.

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