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Mark P. Henderson: author, storyteller and editor

After a career in medicine and university teaching, Mark P. Henderson retired to North Derbyshire in 2002 and started to write fiction, edit manuscripts, teach creative writing, and collect and tell Peak District folktales. His publications, through five different publishing houses, comprise an anthology of short stories (Rope Trick, 2008), a novel (Perilaus, 2009), a children’s story (Fenella and the Magic Mirror, 2009), a study of the evolution of a local legend (Murders in the Winnats Pass, 2010), a collection of 62 traditional stories (Folktales of the Peak District, 2011), a collection of puns in verse and prose (Cruel and Unusual PunNishments, 2016), a one-act play (Forget it, it’s History, 2017), four more novels (National Cake Day in Ruritania, 2018; The Engklimastat, 2019; Perilaus II, 2021; Con, 2022), a novelette (The Definitive Biography of St Arborius of Glossopdale and his Thin Dog, 2019), and a novella (The Cat of Doom, 2020).  A novel about Glossopdale’s real sixteenth century folk hero, Black Harry, has also been accepted for publication and will be released in 2022-3. Mark plans to complete his film compilation of folktales from South West Peak this summer, coronovirus and drone camera permitting (

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Creative Genre

  • Fiction writer. Collector and teller of traditional folktales.

Work Undertaken

  • PUBLICATIONS: Novels and novellas: National Cake Day in Ruritania (2018). The Engklimastat (2019). The Definitive Biography of St Arborius of Glossopdale and his Thin Dog (e-book only) (2019). The Cat of Doom (2020). Perilaus II (2021). Con (2022). In press
  • due for release in 2022 or 2023: Black Harry. Performance Pieces: Cruel and Unusual PunNishments (2016). For children: Fenella and the Magic Mirror (e-book only) (2010). Short stories: Rope Trick: Thirteen Strange Tales (2008). One-act play: Forget it
  • it's History (2017). Non-Fiction: Murders in the Winnats Pass (2010). Folktales of the Peak District (2011). EDITING WORK: Language editing in medical and scientific manuscripts. Editing and proof-reading of fiction manuscripts.

Work in Education

  • Creative writing tutor.



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