What did King Arthur have for Christmas Dinner?

by michaelharvey, December 28, 2019 in Folktales, General, King Arthur, Mabinogi, Mythology

Asking what King Arthur had for Christmas Dinner is not as stupid as it seems. To answer it we need to know which one of  the many Arthurs we are talking about. The one that most interests me is the Arthur of the long Welsh epic, the Mabinogi. This is Arthur the warrior, statesman, hunter, […]

Art Matters by Neil Gaiman – a review

by michaelharvey in Creativity, fear, Review

Click here for more blog posts about creativity, Pig Boy and much else besides… A little book with a big punch. Neil Gaiman is obviously a household name and role model for any aspiring writer or, in fact, any creative artist. His words are worth listening to by anyone with ambitions to work in the […]

Stalked by Oxen – on the trail of the Ychain Bannog

by michaelharvey in Folktales, Mabinogi, Mythology, Storytelling

I had decided to  spring clean my hard drive the other day. Suddenly, I found an old article I had written over fifteen years ago about storytelling and the Welsh landscape. I was about to drag and drop it into the bin when I changed my mind and opened it. It was good to see […]

Once Upon a Time by Marina Warner

by michaelharvey in Folktales, General, Review

Once Upon a Time – A Short History of Fairy tale by Marina Warner – review This book is a lot slimmer than the usual hefty tome that we have come to expect from Marina Warner and it bears some of the hallmarks that she sees as defining for the folktale – clarity, directness and […]

Celebrating Margaret Jones

by michaelharvey in Creativity, Mabinogi, Storytelling, Writing

An appreciation of the work of Welsh artist and illustrator Margaret Jones

The Joy of Punctuation

by michaelharvey in Creativity, General, Mabinogi, Writing

Punctuation – What is it good for? I’m on my third draft of Pig Boy and can no longer put off the moment of sorting out the punctuation. I don’t know about you, but when I was in school, punctuation seemed to be some kind of weird algebra. It had  lots of complicated rules and […]

Mythology is still Important

by michaelharvey in Mabinogi, Mythology

Click here for more blog posts about mythology, Pig Boy and much else besides… Why should we be interested in the myths of long ago? Mythology is still important because, although we talk about theses stories as ‘ancient’, we have not changed much over the millennia. The supernatural beings of the mythic world are larger […]

Did King Arthur really exist?

by michaelharvey in General, Mabinogi, Mythology

King Arthur may or may not have existed but he definitely was – and is – real!

Review of Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman

by michaelharvey in Folktales, General, Review, Writing

Click here for more blog posts with reviews, news of Pig Boy and much else besides… Philip Pullman brings together all the stories that you know from the Brothers Grimm. And then he adds a few more that you’ve never heard of for good luck in this fantastic translation and adaptation. As Jacob and Wilhelm […]

The Mabinogion or Mabinogi? A guide for the confused.

by michaelharvey in Mabinogi, Mythology

Mabinogion or Mabinogi? So which is it? The short and confusing answer is – both. The Mabinogion or Mabinogi are a collection of stories collected together in the Middle Ages around eight hundred years ago. The Mabinogion usually refers to the whole collection within which there are four separate ‘branches’ of related stories called the […]