Beneath the green hill the olds gods dream…

My name is Lorna Smithers and I am a poet, author, awenydd, Brythonic polytheist, and devotee of Gwyn ap Nudd. ‘Peneverdant’ is the name of my home town of Penwortham in the Doomsday Book. It has been translated as ‘The Green Hill on the Water’. From here I write poems for the land and myths for the old gods of Britain.

I have published three books: Enchanting the Shadowlands, The Broken Cauldron, and Gatherer of Souls. My work has appeared in magazines such as The Dawntreader, Eternal Haunted Summer, and Heroic Fantasy Quarterly. I am a co-founder of Awen ac Awenydd. I occasionally give talks and workshops and perform poetry in my local area and online.

I run the Friends of Greencroft Valley and was volunteering with the Lancashire Wildlife Trust as a way into paid work in conservation before the lockdown. I’m learning to grow small green things and listen to the land. I dream of a sustainable hermitic life.

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