A Vale based author has published a new book of myths, legends, superstitions, customs, ghost stories and tales of the supernatural originating from Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan, has been published.
The new book, which has been published by Candy Jar Books is written by Graham Loveluck-Edwards, includes stories about the ship wreckers of Dunraven, Smugglers of Barry Island, Sully, Aberthaw and Porthcawl and the lost city of Kenfig.
Explaining the idea for the book on Bro Radio's Vale this week, Graham said "In reality the stories in the book have been buzzing around my head since I was a small boy, I had a father and grandmother who were great story tellers and they used to know all of the great stories about our local area."
"I have been carrying these stories around with me all this time, burdening my children with them and it occurred to me, that a lot of these stories are dying out because people don't share them the way they used too."
"I figured now is a great time, to get them down on paper and lockdown gave me the opportunity to do it. A couple of months to research the gaps in my knowledge and get these stories down."
Each chapter is accompanied by photography and hand-drawn illustrations by the author's daughter; local artist and photographer Jessica Loveluck-Edwards.
During his research for the book, Graham discovered a book which was published in 1905 which was called legends of Wales.
Speaking about the discovery Graham said "Did you know there were real life dragons in Porthkerry and Penmark? It came as a shock to me aswell. She had eye witness accounts in that book - so I pulled stories from places like that as well."
Legends & Folklore of Bridgend and the Vale is available from Amazon at £12.99 + P+P, or via www.bridgendvale.co.uk
Listen again to Graham's full interview on the Vale this week: