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New Dave McKean fantasy art debuts on six special UK stamps

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A set of six stamps depicting Mythical Creatures will be issued by Royal Mail this summer.

Fantasy and myth are popular subjects for both films and books. Here fantasy artist Dave McKean (who worked on the Harry Potter movies) takes a look at some of the most popular and unusual creatures from legend.

The UK has a rich and diverse folklore around mythical creatures: some famous nationally and others regionally.

This set features: unicorn, mermaid - legends very common around UK coast in northern isles of Scotland), Giant (inspired by Finn McCool associated with the Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland), Fairy queen (in a chariot pulled by birds), Pixie (which feature in Cornish folklore), and Dragon (emblem of Wales).

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