What is a modern Bard? The Order of Bards, Ovates and Druids describes it in this way: “The Bardic stream is not simply a body of knowledge we once possessed and which we attempt to regain – it is a spiritualised mode of artistic creative consciousness which is dynamic and living – the future holds as much, if not greater promise than the past.”
If you’re looking for inspiration on the bard path, the following titles can help you:
Bard Song by Robin Herne. This book offers a mix of poetry, mostly in medieval Welsh and Irish metres, and reflections on the nature of the Bard in early Celtic society and the role of poetry within modern Druidry and polytheism generally.
Tales of the Celtic Bard, by Claire Hamilton.
Claire Hamilton is a writer on Celtic and Arthurian mythology and spirituality. She runs workshops, which explore the dramatic presentation of myths through narrative, poetry and music. In Tales of the Celtic Bards Claire Hamilton captures the enchanting and often strange beauty of the mysterious bardic tales.
The Way of Awen, by Kevan Manwaring.
This book looks at the philosophy behind the bardic path. Awaken the bard within in this inspiring journey into your creative potential. The Way of Awen is a way of living creatively, of honouring your sacred creativity, for all who wish to walk the path of their true calling.