• Symbols and Archetypes

    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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    Trump: What Now?

    by  • November 13, 2016 • Politics, Symbols and Archetypes • 0 Comments

    Sometimes you don’t need words. The expression on the face of President-elect Donald Trump – an entertainer who was only ever interested in being watched and adored – says volumes.  This is a man who has just had his first presidential briefing.  He’s heard about the bio-terrorism weapons about to be unleashed, the dirty...

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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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    Proof Of Heaven – Book Review

    by  • October 26, 2013 • Books, Mysteries, reviews, Symbols and Archetypes • 2 Comments

    Near Death Experiences (NDEs) are a fascinating topic. They affect people regardless of cultural background or religious belief, or lack of it, and they’ve been recorded from the earliest days of civilisation. For years science has suggested explanations for the tunnel, the white light, the dead relatives waiting to greet you, and all the...

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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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    New Worlds, No Maps

    by  • May 27, 2012 • Book News, Fantasy, Gods and Monsters, History, Projects, Researching the Book, Symbols and Archetypes • 0 Comments

    Stepping into that strange liminal space of thinking about a new book.  Exciting, certainly.  Scary too.  Strange connections are made as the universe, or the unconscious, recognises what you’re doing, pulling things out of the aether and thrusting them under your nose.  Images, music, places, people, dreams, serendipitous discoveries, all have a part to...

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    Sucker Punch Review

    by  • April 6, 2011 • Film, films, Symbols and Archetypes • 2 Comments

    I have a different take on this from many others. I…enjoyed certainly isn’t the right word…but I *appreciated* the film. I have to use a completely different set of standards to judge Sucker Punch because the director, Zack Snyder, eschews the traditional way of telling a cinematic story to get his point/theme/subtext across. By...

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