Gwyn ap Nudd Conference

On Sunday 6th December Land Sea Sky Travel are hosting an on-line conference for Gwyn ap Nudd. Gwyn is a Brythonic god of the dead, ruler of Annwn (the Otherworld), and leader of the Wild Hunt. Throughout centuries of Christianity he and his spirits were demonised, but now the worship of this god, who is associated with the wild wisdom of the forest and the divine inspiration known as awen that pours from the cauldron he guards in the depths of Annwn is being revived. This is the perfect opportunity, whether you know nothing of Gwyn or already have a relationship with him, to learn more about him and deepen your knowledge with modern devotees.

The conference will take place from 10am EST / 3pm GMT until 8pm EST / 1am GMT. It will open with devotions from Thornsilver Hollysong and include an introduction to Gwyn and meditation from Jamie Waggoner, a bardic set titled ‘Gwyn ap Nudd: A Poetic Journey’ from myself, then talks on how Gwyn came to be identified with the devil from Gwilym Morus-Baird, the different forms Gwyn takes in current times from Bryan Hewitt, and ‘A Writer’s Guide to Gwyn ap Nudd and Working With his “Devils of Annwfn”‘ from Cat Heath.

Tickets are available on a sliding scale from $20 to $60 on the Land Sea Sky Travel website HERE.

Gatherer of Souls Book Launch

Gatherer of Souls Poster

The launch of Gatherer of Souls took place on Saturday the 29th of September 7.30 – 9pm at the Black Horse in Preston. Nick Williams, Nina George, Peter Dillon and I performed poems and stories from the book supplemented by Nina singing a paganised version of ‘Lyke Wake Dirge’ and Eleanor Levin’s ‘Wind is Howling’.

We had guest performances from Sarah Miller, Vicky Lindsay, and Terry Quinn and four open mic performers: Martin Domleo, James ‘Badger’ Stott, Gordon Aindow, and Angharad Lois. There was a wonderful range of poetry plus songs in Welsh and Gallic along with melodica playing.

The turnout was excellent and I was deeply moved and honoured to be surrounded by so many supportive and talented people. It was the perfect launch for my devotional book for Gwyn ap Nudd on his feast day.

Below is a slideshow showing the highlights. Lynda Ryder took the photographs of the group performance and cobweb and I took the others.

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