County Meath, Friday, 29th July 2022…
Some of these gatherings of stone
seem distinctly gravid.
Some of them much less so.
It has something to do with perspective.
The top of the morning?
Some of the art moves
and into mosaic.
Some of it appears positively sexual.
Neither of which eventualities
should surprise us.
The Cairn of the Cailleach!
Determined now her tomb to build,
Her ample skirt with stones she filled,
And dropped a heap on Carron-more;
Then stepped one thousand yards to Loar,
And dropped another goodly heap;
And then with one prodigious leap,
Gained Carron-beg; and on its height
Displayed the wonders of her might.
– Johnathon Swift
…So Big-Boss Stud sent Elkmar on an errand to Ekane,
his beautiful son by Elatha, in the Plain of Fair Isles.
“Whatever task I am set,” said Elkmar,
“I will accomplish it in the space of one whole night and one whole day,
and I shall be back with Aini before evening.”
“You must build a system of causeways
to link these isles one to the other,” said Ekane.
“No easy task that,” said Elkmar, “but I am the equal of it,
”and he called to him his flocks, and his herds…
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.
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