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25 September 2009

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A mystical circle
Circles seem to have a deep significance for Quakers and those of like mind
  • Eye was enthralled to hear the novelist Marina Lewycka sharing one of her secret places with listeners of BBC Radio 4’s jaunty Saturday Live programme
  • Marina, as readers of this column know, is the author of Two Caravans and A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian and is an attender at Sheffield Meeting
  • She took her Saturday Live interviewer, JP Devlin, to a Bronze Age settlement above Sheffield where a stone circle is the stuff of local legend
  • Nine ladies and a fiddler were believed to have danced on the moors there and were turned to stone
  • Bronze Age puritanism no doubt
  • The circle is a place of mystical contemplation for Marina, she said, when she was ‘bunking off’ from writing

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