Posts Tagged ‘ Lorna Smithers ’

Review – The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens

Jan 4th, 2015 | By

By Lorna Smithers Morgan Daimler is a Celtic Reconstructionist and dedicant of Macha based in New England. She teaches Irish myth, magic and folklore and has published nine books as well as poetry and prose in a variety of magazines, journals and anthologies. The Morrigan: Meeting the Great Queens is a short, introductory book (eighty

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The Black Dog of Preston

Dec 28th, 2014 | By

By Lorna Smithers Over the past year I have been researching the legend of the black dog of Preston. The process has led me on a journey through the places it is associated with and their history. It has also brought me to consider the meaning and origin of its roles as a harbinger of

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Winter King

Dec 24th, 2014 | By

By Lorna Smithers you take me back to what is raw, glacial plains of horror, the obnoxious beauty of it all   to beyond the ice age when millennia ago we met when the universe drew breath,   when the binding song coalesced. You came as cold wind and your inspiration was death.   You

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Interfaith Week

Dec 10th, 2014 | By

By Lorna Smithers During Interfaith Week (Sunday 16th – Saturday 22nd November)Interfaith events took place across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. As Interfaith Rep for UCLan Pagan Society, I was involved in events organised by Preston, Lancashire and UCLan Faith Forums. On Monday Sumayya Koviwala of Preston Faith Forum organised and led a Faith Trail

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Moon Poets – a review

Nov 22nd, 2014 | By

By Nimue Brown   Reviewing poetry is something I find tricky – poetry is inherently a lot more personal and subjective than other forms. With non-fiction you can say ‘this is solid’ or ‘this is full of dodgy logic’ with confidence, but a poet either speaks to your heart, or they don’t. And if they

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Gwyn ap Nudd and the Spirits of Annwn: Remembering the Underworld Gods

Nov 10th, 2014 | By

By Lorna Smithers I recently came across an article through the Caer Feddwyd Forum (1) called ‘The Underworld Gods’ by medieval scholar, Will Parker. It brought to my awareness the existence of an inscription in Chamalieres in central France, which took the form of a prayer or invocation addressed to an entity or group of

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Samhain poetry – Presence

Oct 26th, 2014 | By

By Lorna Smithers   Presence For the Ancestors of this Land   You are birch on tundra tossed by the north wind. You are elk drowned agonised in a shallow pool. You are auroch, wild horse, antlered stag slain. You are salmon. You are a sea faring people. You are Briton, Roman, Saxon, Norse and

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Fairy Procession

Oct 2nd, 2014 | By

by Lorna Smithers Recently, Lorna blogged for Moon Books about fairy folklore and fairy funerals. This poem is on the same theme… Fairy Procession   Hear, oh, hear The passing bell, fear The midnight toll on the corpse road drear   Heed our chant Avert your glance From the spectral procession of Fairyland   For

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Penwortham Fairy Funeral

Sep 26th, 2014 | By

by Lorna Smithers Penwortham Fairy Funeral is a legend based around Castle Hill, a site of religious and formerly military importance in my home town of Penwortham. This article presents the original version and its later developments in the context of their placement in the landscape and discusses their origin and meaning. The Fairy Funeral

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Poetic inspiration on the Ribble

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By

Resident poet Lorna Smithers shares a place that inspires her… The River Ribble The Ribble is a 75 mile long river that flows from Gavel Gap in North Yorkshire to its estuary in West Lancashire, where it joins the Irish Sea. It runs between my home town of Penwortham and the city of Preston. With

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