Staying, when times get tough

Staying, when times get tough

There’s a famous quote from Labour luminary Tony Benn which I love. ‘There is no final victory,’ he said, ‘just as there is no final defeat. Just the same battle to be fought over and over again. So toughen up, bloody toughen up.’...
This Mythic Life – a modern mystery school

This Mythic Life – a modern mystery school

I’ve had a dream for a long time. About working with a community of fellow myth-makers, all of us together, weaving ourselves and the world back into a shining web of relationship. About building a tribe of those I call the ‘mythical misfits’ – those...
Samhain and the ancestors

Samhain and the ancestors

Traditionally, in the Gaelic (Irish and Scottish) cultures, Samhain was a time – among other things – for honouring the ancestors. Samhain, as you’ll be aware, was a ‘thin’ time of year: a time when the veil between worlds thins, and the Otherworld...
A few good women

A few good women

Sometimes, I think I’m one of the luckiest people on the planet. As well as living in a place I love, with a family I love (husband, dogs, cat and all), I also deeply love my work. After a few early decades of twists and turns and too much time off the path, now my...
Re-enchanting the Winter Solstice: an invitation

Re-enchanting the Winter Solstice: an invitation

(Image by Catherine Hyde.) In my last post, I wrote about building a new folk culture based on our native traditions. This seems especially urgent to me now, surrounded as we all are at this time of year by the consumption-driven madness that calls itself Christmas....
Building a new folk culture

Building a new folk culture

Last week I was the guest speaker at a joint meeting of the Trinity College Dublin Literary and Environmental Societies. I was speaking at their request about the intersection of myth, feminism and ecology in my writing, and as I always do, I was stressing the value...