• British Mythology

    Why We Need Camelot

    by  • July 6, 2017 • Book News, Books, British Mythology, Fantasy, In the Grip of Rome, Mysteries, Mythology, Symbols and Archetypes • 0 Comments

    Arthurian lore is stitched deeply into my new book, Pendragon, published in just a few short days.  This is a story-telling tradition that may well go back one thousand five hundred years.  Perhaps even longer, if – as some think – Arthur was not a real, historical figure but based on a mythic hero...

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    Winter Stories

    by  • December 18, 2015 • British Mythology, In the Grip of Rome, Mysteries, Mythology, Symbols and Archetypes • 0 Comments

    Winter is a time for imagination.  For reflection.  For stories.  We bolt the door and huddle around the fire, listening to the voices whispering in the chimney.  Ghosts, of the past year, of the family members we’ve lost, of ancient ancestors.  Ghosts as metaphor, ghosts as memory, ghosts as the very essence of all...

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    The Wind In The Willows And The Voice Of Old Gods

    by  • August 23, 2013 • Books, British Mythology, Gods and Monsters, Symbols and Archetypes • 2 Comments

    Memories are strange.  When I look back on my childhood, I remember scenes from books as potently as the real, mundane things that happened to me, as if I lived them with the characters, walking a few steps behind.  The groves of Middle Earth.  The coal-dusted backstreets of Swadlincote.  I swear they were on...

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    Finding Fantasy In The Past – The People

    by  • February 13, 2011 • Book News, British Mythology, Fantasy, For Queen and Country, Researching the Book, Writing • 7 Comments

    There are ethical problems wrapped up in writing historical fiction. Should you use a real, once-living person as a character in your fiction? Their lives reduced to nothing more than plot points and themes? In essence, a human being’s existence shackled to the pursuit of the writer’s own ego? Would you want some future...

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    Finding Fantasy In the Past – The World

    by  • January 24, 2011 • Book News, British Mythology, Fantasy, For Queen and Country, Researching the Book, Writing • 0 Comments

    When I decided I was going to write an historical fantasy, the attractions of the Elizabethan era were many. It was, for one, a time very much like our own, when society was going through massive changes – a rapid increase in new technology changing the way people lived their lives, foreign wars over...

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    Crop Circles – New Swirled Order

    by  • January 19, 2010 • British Mythology, Symbols and Archetypes, The Pattern, World Mythology • 11 Comments

    A friend, the artist Frank Mafrici pointed my attention to a great German documentary on crop circles (with English voiceover). I’ve always been extremely sceptical about wilder claims for the origins of crop circles. They appear manmade, albeit fantastic examples of landscape art, especially some of the most recent examples. However, I was always...

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