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 […]

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 […]

Norse Mythology – a review of Neil Gaiman’s book

by michaelharvey in Mythology, Review

Norse mythology is closer than you think. If you speak English you summon the old Norse gods every time you say the words Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Tyr is the one handed god of war. Odin is the one-eyed all father who hung on the world-tree in order to win wisdom. Thor is the […]

Welsh myth – Review of ‘Assembly of the Severed Head’ by Hugh Lupton

by michaelharvey in General, Mabinogi, Mythology, Review

There are several versions available of the Welsh myth ‘The Mabinogion’ but Hugh Lupton’s is strikingly effective. For Mabinogion geeks like myself the texts as they have come down to us in modern Welsh and English translations are a mine of wonder and magic about the soul of the country where I live. However, for […]