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.
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
Scatterlings lands at No.2 on Charles Foster's top ten books about human consciousness for The Guardian. Read the article.
"Smoke Hole is a powerful, beautiful book, written for these strange times." Indie Shaman magazine review of Smoke Hole.
Poet, activist and men's work pioneer Robert Bly died on 21 November 2021 at the age of 94. In part one in a series of conversations with some of the people who knew him intimately Martin Shaw shares memories and stories of Bly. (Nov 2021). Listen to the interview.
Reclaiming the imagination, Martin Shaw untangles our collective selves from the menace of unconscious living. As mythologist and wilderness rites leader extraordinaire, Martin invites us to leave the smoke hole open… Interview with host Robin Claire. (May 2021).
'The lovely folks at Chelsea Green asked what I was listening to when I was writing Smoke Hole. They've made a mixtape out of it. I do hope you enjoy it and please play as loud as you can get away with. Dance/mosh/quietly sob as appropriate. Get ready for Kate Bush, Aretha, Fleetwood Mac, Small Faces, Rising Appalachia, Django Reinhardt, Toots & the Maytals, Fugazi, Charlie Parker, Thin Lizzy, Talk Talk, Bonnie Prince Billy, Joni Mitchell, Bad Brains, Dubliners, Arvo Part, all sorts. These all helped keep
Author and master storyteller Martin Shaw brings us the Smoke Hole Sessions – a series of vital conversations with inspirational people, in the hope that in the crackle of the thinking, the fire of the language, the visioning and the wildness of the exchanges, we may find breadcrumbs that lead us out of the forest again, and into a deeper life. Inspired by his new book Smoke Hole, Martin speaks to some of today’s most admired writers, musicians, comedians, activists and more about their own work and
On the ten year anniversary of the release of A Branch From The Lightning Tree, Lucy Cooper from Cista Mystica Press is in conversation with Martin Shaw on the last decade of his writing life. This in depth interview goes right to the heart of how the books have evolved over the past ten years. (June 2021).
Martin Shaw in conversation with Charles Eisenstein. Discussing the story of Fox Woman Dreaming, exile, the nature of magic, stories and relationship, decolonizing the imagination, and more. (Recorded 2017).