Book shelf Winchester legends brought to life L 8 Resident ABOVE: Tony Kenyon. RIGHT: Legends cover . OPPOSITE: Hyde Inn illustration. ‘‘ As a kid, I was obsessed with myths and legends and the haunting beauty of gothic stories. ‘‘ OVERS OF LEGENDS, myths and folk tales will enjoy a new book full of fascinating stories based in and around the ancient city of Winchester by local author Tony Kenyon. Tony works in a garden studio at St John’s Street in what was once a Roman cemetery called the Skulls, overlooking a 12th century church and Winchester Cathedral. An author/illustrator of many children’s books published worldwide, Tony, who has spent much of his career working overseas (Canada, the USA and Hawaii), recently retired from full-time publishing and returned to his first love, painting and printmaking. The 15 tales iinclude a creature which terrorises the area eating people, a ghost who rearranges the bed sheets in a local inn, a severed head that spoke the Lord’s Prayer, and a tale of King Arthur – Britain’s ‘once and future king’ – who is said to sleep in a cave near Winchester, waking every seven years. Winchester Great Hall is home to a Round Table purported to have Arthurian connections, believed to have been made in the 13th century (the Tudor Rose at its centre was added by Henry VIII). Tony said: “Winchester is England’s ancient capital and steeped in history. In a digital age myths, legends and fairytales are often dismissed as fanciful stories and nothing more. My book captures the echoes of the past and brings us nearer to our forefathers.” One tale explains the origin of the phrase ‘by hook or by crook’, which comes from the time of William Rufus, King of England. As the king lay dead in the New Forest, a charcoal burner found him and returned his body to Winchester. His reward was the agreement that he Nathan Parsons, actor could gather as much local timber as he needed for his trade ‘by hook or by crook’ – in other words, ‘any branches on a tree that could be reached by a shepherd’s crook and cut down with a bill hook’. The stories are brought to life with distinctive prints, created using a number of techniques, including relief and intaglio, which add colour and depth to the tales. Tony designed and illustrated Diver Bill, about Winchester Cathedral’s legendary diver, William Walker, published in 2018. As well as etchings, woodcuts and lithographic prints he was introduced to the craft of bookbinding five years ago via the Southern Bookcrafts Club. Winchester Legends is published by Tricorn Books, priced £14.99 (hardback) and available from P&G Wells at College Street and the Cathedral Bookshop.