Cornwall is a place rich in myth and legend, and the Cornish people are born storytellers.
Mazed is a collection of the traditional tales of East Cornwall, retold in ways old and new. Nearly 90 tales from East Cornwall are told on this website, each with a map showing the tale's location.
The tales tell of witches and wreckers on the wild north coast, saints and mermaids in sheltered south, giants on the high moor and everywhere piskeys playing. The piskeys are Cornish fairy folk, sometimes helpful, sometimes full of mischief.
In the past these 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.
Mazed celebrates the droll tellers and the folklorists who collected their tales, and the places where the tales belong.
It breathes new life to old tales, telling them in animations or with illustrations, on the streets and in community settings, with puppets and people, in armchairs and on tricycles, scattering the stories back across Cornwall like the winds stirred by the old storm woman on Bodmin Moor.
Cornish Folk Tales of Place, by Mazed writer Anna Chorlton, features retellings of some of the Mazed tales and some.
Here you'll find tales of powerful mermaids, spiteful witches, crafty smugglers and woeful ghosts
alongside huge giants and elusive beasts.
It is illustrated by local artists and by members of the community who took part in Monochrome Mazed, a community arts project that gave people young an old a chance to illustrate their own local tales.
Published by the History Press (June 2019), the book is available from all good bookshops.
MAZED storytellers revive the tales using puppets of Bill Chubb, Liskeards umbrella man and droll teller, and Padstow folklorist Nellie Sloggett (aka Enys Tregarthen).
They take the tales onto the streets of Cornwall with CORNISHIBAI, featuring specially commissioned illustrations in a copper box mounted on a bicycle. https://www.mazedtales.org/content/cornishibai
November 2024 BBC TV Mazed featured in episode of Fred and Pete's Treasure Tales on CBeebies.
Mazed West, a celebration of the folktales of West Cornwall. dreckly
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Copyright of each of the unique Mazed tellings belongs to the storyteller.
MAZED was originally an ambitious transmedia community project, nominated for a Celtic Media Festival Award for Innovation in 2014. Stories from South East Cornwall were told in schools and at tea treats, then 12 stories were chosen by the communities of the places they came from to be animated. The animations featured on an app..now gone.. but can be seen on this website.
They also inspired a limited edition Mazed Tales book, available from South East Cornwall libraries.
MAZED NORTH retold and reillustrated North Cornish tales.
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.
The tales on the Mazed website are there to be retold - tell them and make them your own.
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