Last week I went on a Cornish adventure, visiting the coves and harbours that tickle this tiny foot of old England. I took with me my copy of 'The secret History of Mermaids’ an illustrated guide to the wonders of oceanic folklore, compiled by the respected Professor, Ari Berk. On my travels I was hoping to meet a Cornish Merrymaid or two or hear the call of the Mermaid of Zennor or discover some Atlantean treasures in a smuggler's cave. These remained elusive to me on this occasion except for one evening, whilst dining in a seafood restaurant, I was disturbed to see that on the menu "Hagfish" was the "catch of the day". I refrained from ordering it as it bared a striking resemblance to my grandmother, god rest her lemon sole.
Here are a few of my depictions of Merfolk, some of which feature in the book.
There were some quite dramatic seascapes in Cornwall too