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The Lost Tale of Gawain

“The Lost Tale of Gawain was beautiful and romantic and original and, and, and so much more!”

“a magical end to our Barnaby weekend”



The Lost Tale of Gawain’ project was both a gentle hoax and also a homage to the exquisite beauty of medieval manuscripts and the engaging simplicity of medieval romance.

The project was a collaboration between Ailsa Holland of Moormaid Press and Jonathan Chadwick aka Artistic Type, an artist and illustrator.


Created specially for Macclesfield’s Barnaby Festival 2013 Art Trail, the exhibition included six double-spread facsimiles from a ‘recently discovered’ medieval manuscript and the supposedly medieval book itself in a glass case.

Jonathan’s gold-illuminated illustrations showed scenes from a story, written by Ailsa, of Gawain’s adventures in Macclesfield. The story is a sequel to the (genuine) medieval story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, which is judged from its dialect to have been written in this area.

The exhibition was on show from Friday 14 – Sunday 30 June 2013 in St Michael and All Angels Church, Macclesfield.

There was a performance of the story, with live cello music by Angela Aiken and Lili Holland-Fricke, on Sunday 23 June 2013 in St Michael’s Church. Around 150 people came to listen to this tale of adventure, romance and magic…

There was a repeat performance of ‘The Lost Tale of Gawain’ on Saturday 2 November at 4.30pm in the medieval and intimate atmosphere of the Savage Chapel in St Michael and All Angels Church, Market Place, Macclesfield, in association with Entropy Events. There was a full house and the setting made it the most magical performance yet.