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 the Ritona imprint of Gods & Radicals Press. My poems have appeared in The Dawntreader, BFS Horizons, Eternal Haunted Summer, New Myths, and other magazines and anthologies. In 2012 I won the Preston Guild Poetry competition.
I am an awenydd (person inspired) and Brythonic polytheist (someone who worships the old Gods of Britain) and have been devoted to my patron God, Gwyn ap Nudd, since 2012. I also worship His consort, Creiddylad, His father, Nodens/Nudd, His mother, Anrhuna, Belisama, Goddess of the Ribble, and the spirits of my locality. My work strives to recall their lost mythology and bring their veneration back to the world.
I have volunteered and worked for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust completing a year’s conservation traineeship on the Manchester Mosslands in 2022. I currently work as an ecologist. I have a passion for botany and enjoy gardening and growing small green things.
Over the past few years I have been increasingly called to Polytheist Monasticism and, unable to ignore this calling any longer, recently founded The Monastery of Annwn.