Dr Martin Shaw: book news, audio and events Cista Mystica has just taken delivery of a new batch of Martin's books Smoke Hole: Looking to the Wild in the Time of the Spyglass and Courting the Wild Twin, published by Chelsea Green. All orders for the next three weeks from Cista Mystica (until Monday June 6) will be signed by Martin, who will be talking about Smoke Hole on May 26 when he is interviewed as part of the magazine The Idler's pub-style 'A Drink with the Idler'
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The latest addition to Martin Shaw's subscription newsletter The House of Beasts & Vines is a freely-available conversation with the poet Malcolm Guite, who recently turned up at Martin's door at the scrag end of a storm with a bottle of Jura in hand. Their 25-minute conversation covers C.S. Lewis, the Gods and the Nuance of Animism, and joins the fortnightly treasury of offerings which includes the audio 'Sunday Stories', recorded direct from Martin's desk, down by the river, and out on the moor. Some free tasters are
As both a mythologist and wilderness rites-of-passage guide I am frequently asked to comment on climate change, collapsing stories, and what on earth to say to our kids about the future. I am no kind of pundit, so choose my words sparingly and carefully. What follows is a few thoughts. Climate change isn’t a case to be made, it’s a sound to be heard. From a mythic perspective, seeing is often a form of identifying, but hearing is the locating of a much more personal message. Hearing creates
Following a visit to Dartmoor, where he and Martin Shaw walked the River Dart, poet, singer-songwriter, priest and academic Malcolm Guite reflects on how some words of CS Lewis in the dark days of 1939 might guide us through the darkness of 2022.
Hundreds of Dr Martin Shaw's latest book Tristan and Isolde were posted out on February 14th, all personally signed by the author. This first volume of a new major body of work that Shaw has been creating over the past few years, was officially launched from his writing den on the edge of Dartmoor on Valentine's Day. Based largely within the Celtic fringe of Britain, Tristan and Isolde is a dazzling exegesis of love, both disarmingly psychological and profoundly mythological. Shaw’s version heightens the latent Dionysian tensions and
A brand new fortnightly audio entitled 'Sunday Stories' is to start this week at The House of Beasts & Vines, Martin Shaw's subscription newsletter. On February 6, the series will kick off with an old, Irish story. Says Martin: "It's a story with a lot of spook and gnostic information." Over the coming months, these audio recordings, which will be available only to paid subscribers, will come direct from Martin's desk, down by the river, or out on the moor. Also available now are the first two sections
Dartington Arts School catch up with storyteller and Poetics of Imagination lecturer Dr Martin Shaw ahead of his retelling of the classic Irish myth The Pursuit of Dermot and Grainne at Dartington. A princess with wolf blood in her veins chooses love over protocol and a kingdom erupts. This electrifying tale is a hinge between the end of the pagan age and the beginning of the Christian. Thrilling, funny, heartrending, and complex, we are flung headlong into the exhilaration of an ancient story, telling us something directly about
The first section of The Voyage of Brendan is now published on Dr Martin Shaw's subscription newsletter - The House of Beasts & Vines. A free taster is available, but for the cost of a London pint (around £5), subscribers will get exclusive access to this first essay, along with everything in the vault as it builds up. Says Martin: "I’m delighted to start The House of Beasts & Vines with a story that is causing a stir in my dreaming. Bats are bopping in the belfry,
A brand new subscription newsletter has just been launched by Dr Martin Shaw - The House of Beasts & Vines. There will be regular free tasters, but for just $7 per month (around £5), subscribers will get exclusive access to new material and everything in the vault as it builds up. The newsletter will be published on the platform Substack, with fortnightly offerings from Martin, including fresh essays and audio recordings. It promises to be part care package, part spiritual provocation. Says Martin: "Imagine we’re sitting in my
Martin was recently asked to share a handful of the books he was reading in 2021. For any of us book lovers contemplating what to delve in to for the coming year, here's a glimpse of the reading pile... "The Norton Anthology crackles and bangs with word-magic, devastating on occasion. Submission by Houllebecq is a prophetic tale for middle-aged professorial types getting lost in the passions of the world. She Who Is lovingly and dynamically places Sophia back in her rightful place within Christianity. The Interior Castle is