Mazed - confused, bewildered, lost, foolish

'Mazed as a coot', 'Mazed as a curlew', 'Mazed as a brush' (old Looe saying found in the Looe Ditty Box booklet, 1924)

'Mazed by the piskies'

If you've lost something; your keys, your pen, or your way on the moor...Or, if you've forgotten what you were going to say or what you went upstairs for... you'll have been MAZED BY THE PISKIES. The only way to cure the piskies' maze is to TURN YOUR POCKETS INSIDE OUT.

Cornwall is a place rich in myth and legend, and the Cornish people are born storytellers. In the past Cornwall's stories would have been told by wandering droll storytellers, sung in ballad form by balladeers and then told by anyone and everyone round the fire on a cold winter's night. Many of these tales have been collected by folklorists and published in newspapers, journals and books over the past two hundred years. Each decade sees the tales retold in songs, plays, and storybooks.

MAZED reimagines the droll tales for the digital age.



started with a collection of the traditional tales of South East Cornwall,sifted from the old collections and retold for the Mazedtales website by local authors and storytellers. The tales were linked to their places of origin with local photographs and a webmap, then retold on the streets, in the community and by the firesides of Caradon homes, with a puppet of Bill Chubb, Liskeard's umbrella man and droll teller


12 communities each chose their favourite local tale at a droll tea party, and these tales were animated by a mixture of profesional animators and students from Falmouth University. The animation's visuals were inspired by a moodboard of artwork by a local schoolchildren, who had also learnt to tell the tales.


The animations can be viewed in English, or Cornsih language, Kernewek.

They form part of a location aware free Mazedtales app.


A limited edition book of Mazed Tales is available to borrow from Cornish libraries.

There was a Mazed exhibition at Liskeard Museum  summer 2014.



The tales on the Mazed website are there to be retold -  read them or watch the animations a few times and you will be able to tell the tales in your own words.

Creative copyright of each of the unique Mazed tellings belongs to the storyteller.

Mazed story collectors are still searching. If you know a tale please tell us.

Mazed storytellers are still telling, if you would like a visit from Bill Chubb or Nell Sloggett and a storyteller  please contact us.  

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