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This week I came down with some lovely coronavirus symptoms, which means I’ve had the kids at home since Wednesday. I’m seeing it as a chance to spend some time with them, while doing some ‘kind of’ educational stuff too.

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The coronavirus situation, as you all know, has got to the point where a lot of people are self-isolating at home. This isn’t the easiest of situations – particularly when you’ve got young children climbing the walls with frustration and boredom.

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Recently, I’ve been delving into the works of Sabine Baring-Gould. Born in Exeter (hooray), he’s most famous for having written the hymn ‘Onward Christian Soldiers’. Less well-known is the fact that he was also a prolific writer of ghost stories… an odd choice for a man of the cloth, you might say.

Even better, he was also regarded as one of the world’s experts in werewolves. Eek!

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In folkloric terms, Dartmoor has it all. Legends abound in this area; from red-eyed demon dogs, to eerie knockers, luring miners to their death in the tin-mines. Little wonder then that I so often turn to Dartmoor for inspiration!

Today’s focus is on the rather unusual legend of Crazywell Pool.

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Here’s a lesser-known fact about me – I LOVE writing for children. Don’t get me wrong, I equally enjoy penning books for adults, but there’s something hugely satisfying about writing for kids.