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The Rainbow's Tale

Some snippets from the long life of the Greek goddess Iris and her twin sister Arke, cobbled together into one tale - the choice of which is partly
inspired by all the children's drawings of rainbows currently being displayed in windows all over the country to express thanks to NHS staff and other key workers for keeping Britain running during the lock-down period. This is m small contribution to help alleviate the boredom that many are feeling (at least, I hope it distracts from rather than adds to the tedium!)

Members of the Gippeswyk Storytelling club cannot meet this month, for obvious reasons, so this is part of a virtual gathering for them as well. I'll add some other stories and poems over the weekend, ready for what would have been our regular meeting date on Monday.

The rainbow symbolises hope (amongst other things) and, I'm hoping that my favourite Greek cafe in Bury St Edmunds will survive the economic turmoil and reopen in due course. I shall be eating my own …

Virtual Hare 2020

Here are the links to the Virtual version of the Leaping Hare pagan convention, featuring the talents of Nick Ford, Carys, Jonathan Boddam-Whethers and myself. In theory one should play on automatically from the previous, but in case there are problems with list I have pasted each link individually below.










Leaping Hare 2020

If you haven't already heard you will have worked out for yourself, in the light of government decisions, that the Leaping Hare convention has been postponed from its March date. Assuming that the coronavirus situation has been resolved (ideally cured) in time, we are aiming to meet instead on Saturday 17th October - usual venue in Colchester.
Details of the programme can be found on their website. It is mostly the same as originally planned. As a bonus to try and keep people's spirits up during this period of isolation, we will be running a Virtual Hare this Saturday. A playlist of videos will be run including talks, storytelling, poetry, a quiz, and song. The link will be posted in a number of places, including on this blog, for you to watch at your leisure. If you enjoy it, we'd like to encourage you to donate to whatever your local Hospice is - whatever sum you can afford (we appreciate that many will be financially struggling right now with work drying up for lots of …

The Land, the Soul, and the Storyteller

I was asked to contribute an interfaith voice to a week's worth of what might be termed short sermons at the Cathedral, inspired by concerns over environmental threats and how Christians (or anyone else listening) might react.
This is the first time I've spoken at the cathedral and the first time I've ever given a Bible reading anywhere, so it made for an interesting Friday 13th - for me, if not necessarily for everyone in the congregation. Though they were very polite and said they found it interesting. The text is below. It could have been more polished, but as this was a novel experience for me I really wasn't sure quite what to say and what to avoid.

The Land, the Soul, and the Storyteller

The Ancient Romans believed that the landscape was garlanded with places of spiritual awe and mysterious presences which they referred to as the numina. For the people of the ancient world what made a place sacred was its innate spirit, its ineffable presence or numen. Many of th…

Of Gods and Daimones

I have a seminar coming up at work next week on archetypal psychology (Wednesday afternoon, free to attend should wish to come along), for which I am preparing notes today. This has motivated me to get back to the blog and record something about how modern pagans might relate to some of these ideas - it has been a while since I did anything.
This podcast is not well planned (or, indeed, planned at all) so it does somewhat ramble around a few ideas proposed by Jung, May, and others. Whilst I forgot to mention art, the notion of ideas possessing people might well be extended to debate whether artists have visions or vice versa. The muse, spoken of extensively in Greek religion, might be said to take hold of the painter, sculptor, composer or whatever they may be and - like the Irish legend of the leannan sidhe - sometimes leave them burnt out and of scant use to themselves or anyone else. whilst the inspiration of the muse is sought, it comes at a cost which might sometimes be regarded…


A second foray into writing a story in the style of M R James, drawing on some darker history and lore of Suffolk. The village of Colliton is entirely fictional, but could easily be any number of rural locations around the county.
The written version is below, for those who prefer to read their stories whilst an audio version is record (I'm still not sure how to record voice without the visuals, so you'll have to put up with my mug until I work out how to make better use of technology - if anyone can explain how to do so, in words of one syllable or less, bearing in my the severe limitations of my computer-understanding, then please mail the instructions to me. I had been lecturing at the college for nine years before one of the students explained to me, in about 30 seconds, how to use the record facility on the laptop for their presentations - until then I didn't even know the laptop had that capacity).

Sir Richard watched with pleasure as his guest surveyed the con…