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’.

My three books: Enchanting the Shadowlands, The Broken Cauldron, and Gatherer of Souls are published by the Ritona imprint of Gods & Radicals Press. My poems, stories, and articles have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. I am a co-founder of Awen ac Awenydd. I give talks and workshops and perform poetry locally and online.

I am currently working as a conservation trainee restoring Lancashire’s precious peatlands. I have run the Friends of Greencroft Valley since 2012 and tend a garden and allotment where I am learning to grow small green things and to listen to the land.

On this blog you will find blog posts and poetry recording my journey towards a career in conservation and my relationship with my gods and the spirits of the land.

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