Hello all – happy festive season, however you celebrate at this time of year. I hope you and yours have been able to have a fun time and are staying well, despite the ongoing obstacles.
I have an announcement: those of you who’ve seen my recent online gigs will know that I’ve promised to tell the entire four branches of the Mabinogi in the New Year: well, the delays are over, the dates are set, and I’ve posted the details today!
I’m telling each branch separately online, over four Tuesday evenings in late Jan/early Feb. You can find dates and booking links on my gigs page, and on Facebook and Eventbrite; and tickets are available for each individual event, and for all four at a discount.
The Mabinogi has always been the heart and the foundation of my interest in myths, and in one sense it’s the whole reason I’m doing this storytelling bit now. The depth and variety of emotion, detail and tantalising hints at past belief still carry me away today; and I still remember what it meant to discover that there was a body of myths from Britain (with links, no less, to the parts of Wales that I love so much) to compare with those of Greece, Rome or the Norse. You might have heard me tell stories or elements from the cycle before, but this is the first time I’ve told the whole set in sequence. And I can’t wait! It’s a real treat for me, and I hope it’ll be just as fascinating and stirring for you too.