The History Press is a British publishing company specialising in the publication of titles devoted to local and specialist history. It claims to be the United Kingdom’s largest publisher in this field, publishing approximately 500 books per year.
This publisher has enlivened the book market with its series of Folk Tales, providing a wonderful resource and record of stories from all over the UK and an opportunity for British Folk Tales to be presented to a new audience.
By commissioning these books by practising
storytellers, History Press has raised the profile of storytelling and storytellers, and valued the folk tales themselves which were previously only recorded by historians, and are now retold by storytellers. The local
stories which may or may not have been known in local areas now have a focus, and I know that over the past year I have been approached by several groups of people wanting access to the local folk stories to use them in different ways. Having them in a collection of related titles make them more accessible to local communities, and people who want to know more about the matter of
britain and its folktales.
As a folklorist and member of the Folklore
Society I find these books are an excellent resource. In addition they are promoting interest in folklore and supporting storytellers, and helping to keep the ancient art and skill of storytelling alive in our technological
The History Press have made the effort to identify working storytellers from various counties to collect and tell the stories from the area where they live and sometimes another area. I think they deserve
recognition for seeing folktales as part of a living, oral heritage carried on by professional storytellers up and down the country. This raises the profile of storytellers generally and the storytellers who have worked with them in particular.