Beneath the green hill the olds gods dream…

My name is Lorna Smithers and I am a poet and author based in Penwortham, Lancashire, North West England. ‘Peneverdant’ is the name of my home town in the Doomsday Book and 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 Gods & Radicals Press. My poems have appeared in The Dawntreader, BFS Horizons, Eternal Haunted Summer, Heroic Fantasy Quarterly, and other magazines and anthologies. In 2012 I won the Preston Guild Poetry competition.

I am an awenydd and Brythonic polytheist and am devoted to Gwyn ap Nudd, a ruler of Annwn. I also worship His consort, Creiddylad, His father, Nodens/Nudd, His mother, Anrhuna, Belisama, Goddess of the Ribble, and the spirits of my locality. I serve them by striving to recall their lost mythology and bring their veneration back to the world.

I am autistic and struggle with anxiety and my spiritual path and creativity along with running and strength training are the things that keep me sane. I have worked in conservation and ecology and enjoy botany and growing small green things.

Called to Polytheist Monasticism I lately founded The Monastery of Annwn as a virtual space and a place of sanctuary for those who serve the Gods and Goddesses of Annwn.

I am currently writing a series of books called ‘The Forgotten Gods’. This aims to re-imagine the myths of the ancient British Gods and Goddesses, tell of how they were forgotten, and envisage a future in which their worship is restored. You can receive my newsletter, exclusive excerpts, and other rewards in return for support on Patreon.