British mythology on Monday and Far Flung Tales on Thurs – both accessible online! Take your pick or come to BOTH. … More Two gigs this coming week!
Hi all! How are you doing? I hope you’re doing okay and finding plenty to keep you cheery. I’ve had a wonderful rest over August – although I’ve fitted in some interesting visits to locations of stories AND contributed to a very interesting lefty heritage/local history project, both of which I shall post about asap…! … More First gigs of the autumn!
I did an interview recently for the fantastic Crecganford YouTube channel! You can watch it below. We had a great time chatting about the possible prehistoric beliefs behind British and Irish medieval tales: I got to share some of my speculations about the roots of British Isles folklore, and along the way we had a … More New Interview on British Myths
Hello folks! This week I had the pleasure – and the honour – of being interviewed for the Crecganford YouTube channel, on the subject of storytelling itself! It was fantastic fun. We covered how I got into storytelling, how to practice telling stories, what stories MEAN to society, and LOADS more – and talked about … More Two new videos! An interview, and a tale
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 … More The Four Branches of the Mabinogi, ONLINE
Look at this beautiful collage – made by Jenny Davies-Reazor while she listened to my Chasing the Sun stories last week! I love it, so much depth and detail. Note the Bird of Rhiannon, which I totally failed to get at first. Really touched that someone would come up with something so wonderful while watching … More Amazing story-inspired artwork
Hello all. I get to combine the two sides of my working life again on Wed 20th Nov, next week, when I will be giving a short talk as part of the University of Brighton’s Wellbeing Week. One of the themes for the week is that lifelong learning has lots of wellbeing benefits, enhancing self-esteem … More Wellbeing, student life and prehistoric mythology
Trips to North Wales are always special for me. My aunt and uncle live in Snowdonia and it’s always been one of my favourite places in the world. In the last few years I’ve also enjoyed walking in the places that some of my favourite stories in the world come from; and having just been … More Story-soaked holiday
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