We grow from the deep.
We are the descendants of stars,
archaea, bacteria, eukarya,
children of the soil united
in mycorrhizal ecstasy
shedding spores, leaves, seeds,
the bitterest of chemicals
and most beautiful artworks.
Last fruits of this world.
First fruits of another.
‘Fruits of Annwn’ is a kenning for mushrooms. I chose it as the name for this blog because it reflects the symbiotic relations between the human and non-human, Thisworld and Annwn, from which myths and stories grow like the fruiting bodies of fungi from their underground mycorrhizal threads.
As the world as we know it dies from human greed and excesses we need new myths to teach us to live in respectful relationship with other beings and to die well. By recovering old stories and dreaming new ones, by questing the deep wisdom of Annwn, I aim to reweave the ways between the worlds. This blog will explore the intersections between Brythonic mythology, polytheism and spirit work, nature, science, and our environmental and political crises.
May these fruits be good fodder for the next world.
Lorna Smithers is a poet, author, awenydd, Brythonic polytheist, and devotee of Gwyn ap Nudd. She has published three books: Enchanting the Shadowlands, The Broken Cauldron, and Gatherer of Souls. She is a co-founder of Awen ac Awenydd and writes and has edited for Gods & Radicals. Based in Penwortham in North West England she gives talks and workshops, performs poetry at local events, and is learning Welsh.