From Granite to Sea reviews

I enjoy reading Celtic folklore, and I’m pleased to find a new work which illuminates an area that has not previously been covered properly.

Gold Coast Books

Alex Langstone has all the thoroughness and passion for his subject as the classic folklorists of the past, but with an easy journalistic style that has produced a readable and entertaining book. Anyone interested in Cornwall’s rich and magical traditions will find it an engrossing read.
He draws on, and often quotes, a wide range of sources, and the text is complemented by beautiful black and white illustrations by Paul Atlas Saunders and Gemma Gary, as well as black and white photographs.
Set to become a modern classic of the genre.


From the Museum of Witchcraft & Magic website, written by Peter Hewitt

Alex Langstone’s Talk about Cornish Folkore


We had a fantastic evening in the Museum Library last night, with Alex Langstone giving an inspiring talk about Cornish folklore.  The talk was structured around findings from Alex’s new book From Granite to Sea: The Folklore of Bodmin Moor and East Cornwall.  The book is unique in bringing together folklore from little known sources from the east of the county, covering a wide range of topics such as sites of witchcraft initiation, piskey-lore, ancient burial sites, Arthurian legend (and its earlier roots), calendar customs, and much more.  Researched and compiled over a 4 year period, the book is bound to become a classic on the subject.
Alex’s talk was really well attended, and most people bought a copy of the book afterwards!  We look forward to visiting all the places mentioned in talk and book – especially the well in Pelynt which as an ‘elf-guardian’.  Wow.
Also 2 volumes of Lien Gwerin, a journal of Cornish Folklore, edited by Alex:  and