Friday, November 29, 2013

The Love and Sorrow of Branwen

In the first four stories found within the Welsh collection of myth, the Mabinogion, four enduring female characters can be found.  The better known Rhiannon appears in the first and third stories, with Arianhrod of the Silver Wheel appears in the fourth.  Also appearing with Arianhrod is Blodeuwedd, the "flower bride", leaving the little known Branwen, the daughter of the Welsh Sea God Llyr, to appear in the second story.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

From Avalon to Adelaide

This is one of the anthologies that I have recently written for - The Faerie Queens by Avalonia Books.  When I was in Glastonbury in September, I met with Sorita d'Este and David Rankine (editors of this enchanting  anthology) and received my contributor's copy.  As I was still travelling, I decided to surrender my copy to the postal service and post it back to me  back surface mail.  Just over two months later, my copy of The Faerie Queens has finally arrived and I cannot wait to actually read not only my essay about Morgan le Fay, but also the other essays that make up this anthology.
So just who are these Faerie Queens?

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Devotional to Hera now available

I sing of golden-throned Hera whom Rhea bare.
Queen of the Immortals is she, surpassing all in beauty:
she is the sister and wife of loud-thundering Zeus,
-- the glorious one whom all the blessed throughout high Olympos reverence and honour even as Zeus who delights in thunder.
(Homeric Hymn 12 to Hera, trans. Evelyn-White)
I am delighted to anounce that Queen of Olympos: A Devotional Anthology for Hera and Iuno is now available, both in kindle as well as paperback through Amazon.comThis anthology includes my own devotional poem to the glorious Hera which I am rather excited about.