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, […]

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 […]

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 […]