Book news, audio & upcoming events

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'

Book news, audio & upcoming events2022-05-18T11:08:36+00:00

Martin Shaw in Conversation with Poet Malcolm Guite + New Gilgamesh & Inanna Audio

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

Martin Shaw in Conversation with Poet Malcolm Guite + New Gilgamesh & Inanna Audio2022-04-13T16:39:16+00:00

Martin Shaw Reads His Underworld Essay

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

Martin Shaw Reads His Underworld Essay2022-03-11T15:14:54+00:00

Tristan & Isolde: Valentine’s Day launch

  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

Tristan & Isolde: Valentine’s Day launch2022-02-21T13:24:45+00:00

Sunday Stories: New Substack Audio

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

Sunday Stories: New Substack Audio2022-02-12T19:27:43+00:00

The Voyage of Brendan: Substack sets sail

  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,

The Voyage of Brendan: Substack sets sail2022-01-24T16:46:17+00:00

The House of Beasts & Vines – Substack launch

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

The House of Beasts & Vines – Substack launch2022-01-14T19:50:40+00:00

A Glimpse of the Library: Martin Shaw’s 2021 Reads

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

A Glimpse of the Library: Martin Shaw’s 2021 Reads2022-01-13T19:46:07+00:00

Tristan & Isolde, launching February 2022

Cista Mystica is delighted to announce the release of a new series of books, starting February 2022 with Martin Shaw’s version of Tristan and Isolde. This is the first volume from a major body of work Shaw has been working on over the past few years. From the primordial caves of antiquity and up through the pagan imagination and Christian mysticism, Shaw wanders centuries, stories and ideas that reconsecrate our relationship to a living earth. Based within the Celtic fringe of Britain, Tristan and Isolde is a standalone

Tristan & Isolde, launching February 20222022-01-08T09:32:12+00:00

The Hidden Country

New Year message from Dr Martin Shaw: Joe Strummer once told me not to lose a sense of the heroic. Not in some overbearing, strutting, macho manner, but in a quieter, more vocational register. That certain beautiful things needed defending, and that itself was an organising principle in the scattergun chaos of these times. That you figured out what you stood for. You set free a little morality but held back on the judgement. I’m not someone that peddles in despair or stirs up disorder and claims it

The Hidden Country2022-01-03T18:46:30+00:00

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