book & podcast now available
From dragons and magical fish to enchanted trees and spectral horses, ‘Test Valley Tales’ brings the stories and legends of this beautiful borough to life through the Test Valley Tales illustrated book of short stories and its associated podcast.

With 10 story locations to choose from to visit, families can immerse themselves in the stories as they enjoy the wonderful walks and picturesque places Test Valley has to offer. 

About The Project

In 2019 Amanda Kane Smith from Merry Go Round Storytelling approached TVAF with the idea for Test Valley Tales as part of the 2020 Borough of Culture Festival. Her aim was simple, to celebrate this beautiful part of the world through its stories. 

In January 2021, we were thrilled to be awarded an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant to deliver the project and the hard work began!

Test Valley Tales is an integrated project of three parts: An illustrated book of short stories, a storytelling podcast and school storytelling workshops.

Amanda researched and re-imagined ten traditional folk stories, and linked them to ten locations in the Test Valley borough area, revealing some wonderful places of interest for people of all ages to visit. 


Project Collaborators

Composer/Folk musician, Paul Sartin has created original music for the podcast as well as sourcing traditional music to complement the story themes and locations. 

Susan Merrick & Maija Liepins

Artists, Maija Liepins and Susan Merrick have created original artwork for the book, taking inspiration from both the stories and their locations.

Amanda Kane Smith

Amanda Kane Smith is a professional storyteller. She researched and wrote the tales, recorded the podcast and delivered the schools workshops. 

Feedback for Test Valley Tales

Walks, Crafts and More Information

Test Valley Tales map

The Merry Go Round Storytelling website has some folk tale inspired craft ideas as well as a downloadable map and links for suggested walks for the locations. 

@TestValleyTales Social Media

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