Hi Mathew and Jeff, Thanks for that wonderful review of Sacred Island earlier this year. It really was a great read: insightful, beautifully written and with more than one chuckle along the way (I loved the Britt Ekland aside, as her Wicker Man performance seems to have been a formative moment for us all.) I […]
An extract from Oak, Fern and Daisy: ‘The Folklore, Culture and Magic of the Plant Kingdom’ By Jez Winship. Flora Britannica, the matter of Britain. This island’s plants clothe the landscape, characterising the country, lending it colour, scent and texture. They also colour the human imagination, suffusing it with a heady pharmacopoeia of mythic legends, […]
New from Folklore Tapes: The Folklore of Plants Volume 1. Buy a copy here.
Yesterday while returning from borrowing my sister’s printing press I saw a Red Kite circling over a field of freshly baled hay. My brain jumped to September, as that’s when the fields outside my childhood house would be threshed, so strange that the site of bales can play tricks on the brain and allow time […]
Wester Ross Folklore Tapes Volume 1 – Sacred Island: The Legend and Magic of Isle Maree. Out now and available here. Review by Mathew Clayton I spent last Saturday night standing on Keswick High Street watching two rituals uncomfortably interact: men getting drunk and men running long distances. I was there to watch my brother-in-law […]