County Meath, Friday, 29th July 2022…
The conception merely glimpsed
in the lowlands of Carrowmore
is here, finally, made manifest.
And what a conception!
It is wrapped about
with something of the awe
which Watkins must have felt
when the lightning flash
of the Old Straight Track
was graced to him.
It is all here…
From peak to peak
the land laughs
its call and response.
And what a response,
from the hand of Man?
It matches anything we have been
taught to regard as a world wonder.
It is a wonder
Big-Boss Stud was a crafty fellow.
He held sway over the whole of Albion.
His magic saw to the weather,
and his magic saw to the harvest.
His magic was good.
He lived in Mercia and had
the measure of all the fair-mounds
and game-plains in the country…
HEART OF ALBION
Stuart France & Sue Vincent
Unwittingly drawn into the mysterious and magical landscape of The Initiate, Don and Wen pondered the visual language of symbols, stumbling across revelations and realisations that would alter their perception of the age-old stories they thought they knew… tales that entwine across the tapestry of time.
A hilltop steeped in tragedy, a child whose eyes see too much… a Word-Weaver’s birth into darkness… strange forms shimmering on the edge of vision. They learned to walk the Living Land, listening to the whispers of Earth memory and the ghosts of the most ancient past. And from those tales, another line of communication opens as they explore the folklore, legends and traditional tales handed down, from heart to heart, over the millennia.
As the two friends travel between the sacred sites of Albion, they discover stories that tell how the leys were made, the true origins of the hill-forts and the reason why Father Fish had breakfast in Slug Town.
Striding across this landscape of myth are the giants. From Cerne Abbas to the top of the Beanstalk, from Camelot to the Castle of Maidens, how and why is their presence stamped on the Living Lore of the land by their seven-league boots?
Join Don and Wen as the adventure continues, un-ravelling its mysteries and the magical relationship between Albion and its people.