The Mythteller Trilogy


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.

Snowy Tower

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.

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Paperback editions. Cista Mystica Press, Devon, England.

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Praise for A Branch from the Lightning Tree

“A true master. Martin Shaw is one of the very greatest storytellers we have.”–Robert Bly, author of Iron John

“Martin Shaw is out there listening. To myths, dreams, the earth itself, the animals. He is a true shaman. Go into your deep silence, and listen for what he says directly to you.” –Coleman Barks, author of Rumi: The Big Red Book

Praise for Snowy Tower

“Martin Shaw’s a conjurer, a thirteenth-century troubadour dropped into our midst. Snowy Tower animates a tale from a far-off place and far-off time into vibrant, immediate life. He breathes into his characters a beating pulse, agile speech, and bedazzling wit. Catch him any way you can.” –Eric Utne, founder of The Utne Reader

“Martin Shaw has hung around a great deal in the Otherworld. There is woodsmoke and fox fur in his thinking, and a wild mix of courage, stories and troubling ideas – Snowy Tower is a kind of outlaw language.” –Robert Bly, author of Iron John

Praise for Scatterlings

“Martin Shaw is, without exaggeration, the most powerful writer of prose that I have read. In Scatterlings, Shaw casts off the domesticated language with which we have been inundated since our birth, and something wild, ancient, intelligent, and incredibly strong enters his words. And as those meaning-filled words penetrate us, deeply sleeping parts of the self begin to awaken. We see again with luminous eyes, hear again the shimmer of Earth in language; a portal opens and the power of out there begins moving through the in here. A wild light begins to gleam in our eyes, our hair grows long, our language begins to shift, and in some inexplicable way, as humans long ago understood we could, we begin to become old growth ourselves.” –Stephen Harrod Buhner, award-winning author of Plant Intelligence and the Imaginal Realm

“The heart has a true north, says Martin Shaw. He uses it. His work combines a magnificence of soul with a deft acuity of intellect, portraying a quintessential comprehension of the human spirit in its mythic path. He writes in a rare register of an earthy seer and I am in awe.” –Jay Griffiths, author of Kith: The Riddle of the Childscape

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Weight 1.617 kg
Dimensions 23 × 15.5 × 6.5 cm


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