The Mythteller trilogy, vols. 1, 2 & 3. Paperback editions.
A Branch from the Lightning Tree
The Mythteller trilogy, vol 1.
Foreword by Daniel Deardorff.
At the end of the last century, Martin Shaw spent four days and nights alone in the wilds of Snowdonia. When he returned, he ended up spending four years living under canvas to better comprehend what had happened. Over time Shaw created a trilogy of works to articulate his relationship between myth and landscape. A Branch from the Lightning Tree is the opener of the Mythteller trilogy.
This award-winning text was the first to concentratedly thread Irish, Siberian, Welsh and other forms of folktale within the practice of wilderness rites of passage.
The Mythteller trilogy, vol. 2
Foreword by Coleman Barks.
In Snowy Tower Shaw gives a highly original telling of the grail epic Parzival. Dr Shaw claims the story as a great trickster tale of medieval Europe, offering a commentary that ranges from climate change to the notion of soul, erotic consciousness, what he calls “the hallucination of empire”, and a revisioning of the speech of the ancient bards.
A daring work, Snowy Tower is the second in Shaw’s the Mythteller trilogy. It offers a connection to “the genius of the margins”; that the big questions of today will not be met by big answers but by a myriad of mythic associations. After the eclecticism of A Branch from the Lightning Tree, Snowy Tower is deepened by one central narrative.
The Mythteller trilogy, vol.3
Foreword by David Abram. Introduction by Paul Kingsnorth.
For the completion of the Mythteller trilogy, Shaw brings his attention to the local. Over four hard winters he walks into the mysteries of the Devonian landscape asking: what does it mean to trade comfort for shelter? What is the difference between being from a place and of a place?
In Scatterlings, Shaw brings the vocation of the mythteller back to its most ancient role: as a cultural historian of place.