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Terri Windling
Dartmoor, in England's West Country
Writer, artist, book editor, folklorist.
Interests: myth and mythic arts
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I'm heading up to Oxford University to participate in the Modern Faeries project organised by Fay Hield and Carolyne Larrington: an interdisciplinary gathering of folklorists, folk musicians, writers and artists, all focused on stories of the Twilight Realm and their... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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I've fallen in love with the music of Moria Smiley, an American singer, composer, and multi-instrumentalist whose influences range from classical choral compositions to bluegrass, gospel, and the folk traditions of eastern Europe and the British Isles. She's been doing... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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Returning to the theme of "books on books" (begun in a previous post), here's another passage from The Child That Books Built: A Life in Reading by Francis Spufford: "My favorite books were the ones that took books' implicit status... Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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My apologies once again for the recent paucity of posts. Having recovered (mostly) from this winter's long illness, I'm catching up on a mountain of missed work now...and I've also been traveling...and then recovering from traveling...and then catching up on... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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I'm back from my travels, back to the studio, back in the good green hills of Chagford...and listening to ballads, old and new, on this quiet May morning. Above: "Lark in the Clear Air," a traditional Irish song performed by... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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Charles Dickens once stated that Little Red Riding Hood was his first love, and if only he could have married her, he would have known perfect bliss. For me, my first love was Peter Pan -- that charming, exasperating rascal... Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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I'm on a long train journey today, traveling from Exeter to Glasgow. Right now we're rolling through the Lake District, which makes me think of one of my great heroes, Beatrix Potter: author, illustrator, farmer, naturalist, rural historian, conservationist, and... Continue reading
Posted May 8, 2018 at Myth & Moor
I completely agree.
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I'm heading up to Scotland this week to give a talk on fantasy literature with two of my oldest friends: Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman. The event is sponsored by Fantasy at Glasgow, the excellent Masters programme for Fantasy Lit... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Myth & Moor
A pleasure, my dear. So sorry I'm missing you in Scotland! (Heading up there tomorrow, back again on Friday.)
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It's a three-day holiday weekend here in the UK; the sun is shining, the hills are turning green, and wildflowers are blooming in the woods. I'm starting the morning with a strong cup of coffee, essays by Anne Fadiman, and... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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After waking before dawn for an outdoor Easter Sunrise Service a few weeks ago, this morning I rose in darkness again for a celebration rooted in the pagan faith: a gathering of Border Morris dancers on a quiet road by... Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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Dear readers, my apologies. I'm working on the next of the "Books on Books" posts, but it may be a while before it appears -- largely because my illness-depleted attention keeps getting diverted into Other Necessary Tasks. In the meantime,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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Having spent the better part of the last couple of months in and out of bed again has been a bit of a blow for my writing schedule (the manuscript I thought would be done by now is still inching... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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Every spring, the local herd of Dartmoor ponies comes down from the moor to have their foals in the shelter of our village Commons. Today I counted four foals so far, with more on the way. Spring is truly here.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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I've been deeply in love with Nahko Bear's music since his first album came out in 2013, but living in a tiny village on Dartmoor, I've never been anywhere near one of his concerts. You can imagine my astonishment then... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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The following passage by Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007) comes from an essay published in The Horn Book fifty years ago, yet I'm struck by how relevant it still seems to be today: "Anyone close to children -- librarians, teachers, maybe even... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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From The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit: "Like many others who turned into writers, I disappeared into books when I was very young, disappeared into them like someone running into the woods. What surprised and still surprises me is that... Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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The world is a fractured and fractious place right now, so let's start the week with some harmony. Above: "Green Unstopping" by The Rheingans Sisters: Anna and Rowan Rheingans, from the Peak District of Derbyshire. The song comes from their... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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In the colored fairy books of Andrew Lang (The Red Fairy Book, The Blue Fairy Book, etc.), there is a figure who has always intrigued me: the Hen Wife, related to the witch, the seer, and the herbalist, but different... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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In "Let's Talk About Genre: Neil Gaiman and Kazuo Ishiguro in Conversation," Neil notes that when Tolkien first published The Lord of the Rings it wasn’t regarded as part of the fantasy genre: NG: [T]he first part was reviewed in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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My apologies that there's been no post today. Typepad (this blog's platform) was down for most of the day, and now they've chased the gremlins out and brought us all back online again, it's late in the day and I'm... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Myth & Moor
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From Joanna Russ, (1937-2011), the ground-breaking author of The Female Man, How to Suppress Women's Writing, etc.: "Fantasy is reality. Aristotle says that music is the most realistic of the arts because it represents the movements of the soul directly.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at Myth & Moor
Tuesday morning note: I'm unable to publish the Tuesday post this morning because Typepad (this blog's server) is down. As soon as they have the gremlins chased out and the problem fixed, I'll get the post up for you...so please check back.
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I'm going to start the week with music by some of the young musicians now coming up in the British folk scene. When I despair of the world, I look at this new generation, in all areas of art and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2018 at Myth & Moor