Owls and Flowers: Alan Garner’s The Owl Service At 50

I cannot remember when I first read Alan Garner's The Owl Service (1967); like its inspiration, The Mabinogion, or the Stone of Gronw that sits at the centre of its mystery, it seems to have always been here.  It's an unusual feeling because the novel is not particularly old by standards of literature - it turns … Continue reading Owls and Flowers: Alan Garner’s The Owl Service At 50

Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange (January, 2017)

As recently announced, I have a book being released in January all about Folk Horror and its many related areas of interest.  The book has been in the works for the last year or so though many of the arguments within have been growing now for several years.  Though I'll undoubtedly being doing the usual … Continue reading Folk Horror: Hours Dreadful and Things Strange (January, 2017)

“Wyrd” Wirral – Spirits Of Place (02/04/2016)

This is an edited version of the paper given at Spirits Of Place in Calderstones Park, Liverpool 02/04/2016.  My thanks to John Reppion and Leah Moore for organising the event and for to the other excellent speakers (Gill Hoffs, David Southwell, Gary Budden, Kenneth Brophy, Richard Macdonald, Ian "Cat" Vincent and Ramsey Campbell).  Here's to … Continue reading “Wyrd” Wirral – Spirits Of Place (02/04/2016)

Dérives: Alan Garner’s Edge And Cadellin’s Home.

"When I was not confined to the house, I would spend my days and my nights on the Edge." - Alan Garner (1997, p.12). On a frosty but sunny January morning, I was making my way along the M56 towards Macclesfield.  The pilgrimage was not one of unique exploration but one of repetition; I was … Continue reading Dérives: Alan Garner’s Edge And Cadellin’s Home.

Uncanny Portals And Standing Stones (Children Of The Stones, The Owl Service and Barbara Hepworth)- Part 2.

Part 1. Portals, Dimensions and Time. For Barbara Hepworth the process actually began in Yorkshire, and Cornwall is the second and last English phase of a basic topographical emotion which is no longer a matter of geography but one of the mind and creation. Neither is it any longer a matter of feeling for landscape … Continue reading Uncanny Portals And Standing Stones (Children Of The Stones, The Owl Service and Barbara Hepworth)- Part 2.

Short Film – Weirdstone (For Alan Garner).

"It is for this reason that we find that co-existence, which could neither be in time alone, for time has no contiguity, nor in space alone, for space has no before, after, or now, is established through matter." (p.12, 1891) - Schopenhauer, The World As Will And Idea Volume 1. It seems fitting to open … Continue reading Short Film – Weirdstone (For Alan Garner).

Red Shift (Play For Today, 1978) – John Mackenzie (BFI).

A shifting sense of time, space, and place can bring huge advantages to fantastical works of fiction.  The feeling that time is a folded concept, repeating and resetting in a quasi-ritualistic ceremony of life adds a sheen of the monumental to even the smallest and most intimate of dramas.  This sheen is the absolute embodiment … Continue reading Red Shift (Play For Today, 1978) – John Mackenzie (BFI).