First look at an interesting new thing I’ve been working on with illustrator Simon Russell… Thanks to Simon, I’m getting to fulfil a long-held ambition: writing scripts for comics! We’re working on a version of one of my favourite Norse myths, the Marriage of Njord and Skadi. Has been great fun to collaborate on telling … More Norse myths comic!
Hello all. I wanted to share some thoughts, and also a poser that’s been nagging at me recently. It’s a technical hurdle I’ve set myself…: I’m doing a session soon at my daughter’s school, on ancient British myths – they do “The Celts” every year so I thought I’d offer my services. It’s kind of … More Ancient British myths, and a question of names…
One thing that was on my mind a lot this last summer is the Mabinogion – specifically the fourth branch, “Math ap Mathonwy”. For those of you wondering what these unfamiliar words mean, the Mabinogion is a cycle of interrelated Welsh stories found in two manuscripts from around about the fourteenth century; there are four … More A Welsh Dreaming? People, Place and the Past in the Mabinogion
Hello all, So, we have some new stuff on my site! Not only is my new album finally OUT (and we’re very pleased with it), I’ve posted some videos as well, made by my friend James Lewis at St George’s Church and Inn in Kemptown – the Saint bestows blessings, both sacred and mundane… You … More New stuff to listen to/see
Hello all! So, my new album of songs is close to being released. If you want to hear some previews, have a listen at: https://jonmason.bandcamp.com/album/unmet-needs You can even pre-order a copy if you want to. If you want. Go on. It might be fun. Released on 4th Aug! More news when it’s out.
Hi all, So, I might be a storyteller – but I’ve always loved singing and making music all my life too. And after playing in a band for 6 years, I’m soon to release my first album under my own name. It has 11 songs, most of them originals, and some including spoken sections telling … More Pre-order my new album of songs!
Well, it’s been a great way to start the season, with three gigs in one week. Telling to each of the classes at Hertford Infant School for World Book Day; a beautiful evening under the trees at Wilderness Wood; and then the whole of Benfield Primary School as part of their Book Week, including a workshop using … More Spring sprung
Been meaning to post this for days: Courtesy of the fantastic kids in Yr 4 at Hertford Junior School! Couple of the lovely comments inside: “Dear Jon, thank you so much for coming in to tell us Viking myths it was AMAZING!!!” “To Jon, thank you so much, Your stories are amazing I loved them … More Look what I got…!
Wow, what a brilliant way this is to spend some time. Friday morning, I was being the scop/skald in a homemade feast hall, telling Anglo-Saxon and Norse myths to the amazing Yr 4 kids at Hertford Junior School. Hopefully have some photos to share soon. Students were really sharp and interested: favourite moments were where they … More Great weekend of storytelling under the belt
Hello all! So, have been really enjoying putting together this website – hope is interesting for you out in the wide world too. I’ll post updates and ideas and thoughts and news when I have stuff to share – let me know if there’s anything that’d be handy. And for now, for my first post, … More New post and new gigs!