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.
'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).
In this interview with Banyen Books, Dr. Martin Shaw speaks about his book Smoke Hole, which contains three ancient stories that are metaphors for our world today, a world where we are losing our sense of direction. Available as YouTube video and podcast. (Sept 2021).
'We take a look at the roots of narrative as we meet master storyteller and mythologist Dr Martin Shaw. Mythologist Dr Martin Shaw is a world-renowned storyteller and expert in folklore. He joins us to discuss his latest book (Courting the Wild Twin) and explain the enduring power of the oral tradition.' (March 2020). Listen to the podcast.
Martin Shaw sits down with Kathleen Lee to talk about his work with Tony Hoagland on Cinderbiter, a collection of Celtic poems. (Aug 2020).
Emergence Magazine podcast. Martin Shaw on initiation, agency, and the move into the mythical. (June 2020). https://bit.ly/courting-the-wild-twin
Gambling with the Knuckle Bones of Wolves – The Mythic Masculine interview with Martin Shaw. Martin Shaw in conversation with Ian MacKenzie on the bardic role of the mythteller, why we are in the underworld (but don’t know it yet), how this time of coronavirus might be an invitation into our collective initiation, and more. (April 2020).