Many readers are here because they want to learn more about Irish fairylore or are making comics themselves.  Thanks to a number of inquiries for more information, here is a collection of things that have helped me learn, improve, and create.

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Irish Folklore

 

A Brief Guide to Celtic Myths and Legends: Brief Histories (Amazon.ca)

If you want to learn about medieval mythology, this is the book for you!  It gives some context to beliefs from 18th century folklore revival, and is great at explaining the difference between the Fomorians and Fir Bolg.  Although it says “Celtic,” about half the book deals with Ireland alone.  This book will give you a foundation from which you can do more specific research if you wish.

 

Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry (Amazon.ca)

This collection of stories and poems is essential reading from the folklore revival period.  It is full of local stories an superstitions passed down by spoken word, and introduces you to more of the specific fairies and their behaviours.

 

The Celtic Twilight: Faerie and Folklore (Amazon.ca)

A smaller collection for those who don’t want to tackle the previous book.  While it doesn’t offer some of the specifics of Fairy and Folk Tales that those just learning about Irish fairy lore may be looking for, it gives a taste of the folklore and a feeling for the Irish storytelling tradition that will hopefully make you want to delve a little deeper.

 


Irish Folk and Fairy Tales Omnibus Edition (Amazon.ca)

One of the first books I ever read about Irish folklore, the stories seemed to have no rhyme or reason or connection to each other, but as I learned more, I realized how this book had familiarized me with different aspects of Irish mythology.  My one frustration was that it adapted stories from the four cycles of mythology and 18th century tales in no particular order, and I’m the type who prefers chronology and context.  A Brief Guide to Celtic Myths and Legends did a lot to straighten that out.

 


 

Visual Storytelling

 

Understanding Comics (Amazon.ca)

This book is the most succinct and in-depth argument against the dismissal of comics as being “just for kids” or “not counting as real books.”  It’s a look into how comics work, and how to make that work for you.

 

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels (Amazon.ca)

After you read Understanding Comics, you’ll want to see more about how to put that understanding into practice.  How much text to have, which moments to pick to draw, and even what tools to use are all covered, and so much more.  Writers of comics will benefit as much as artists from this book.

 

Save the Cat!: The Last Book on Screenwriting You’ll Ever Need (Amazon.ca)

Recommended to me during my time subscribed to the Storytellers Summit (another great resource!), this book presents a wonderfully straightforward take on building a plot–and simple does not mean boring.  I have found the Beat Sheet exercise helpful many times.

 

Invisible Ink: A Practical Guide to Building Stories that Resonate (Amazon.ca)

Another book often suggested in the Storytellers Summit, this one helps you discover what your story should be about.  I used to cringe at the thought of thinking about the theme of my stories, but this book convinced me that I have to know the heart of it so I can select the right characters and the right events to make my story satisfying.

 

Story: Substance, Structure, Style and the Principles of Screenwriting (Amazon.ca)

Ready for something more in-depth?  You will find some good ideas in here.  It helped me to pay more attention to each character’s reaction, how the story the is constantly changing and moving, how I can have subtext without spelling it out, and more.  Thanks to my editor for recommending this one!

 


Setting the Mood

 

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Celtic Harp – the Music of O’Carolan
The Celtic Book of Days
Fairy Garden
Celtic Journeys
Watermark
The Celts
Gentle Airs