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A Brief History of Mistletoe at Christmas

'Harvesting the mistletoe'  used with permission from Fran Hipkiss
‘Harvesting the mistletoe’ used with permission from Fran Hipkiss

I am now writing articles on history and folklore for Worcestershire Life’s website. These will appear monthly, starting with this article on the origins of mistletoe as a midwinter decorative plant.

Read how has mistletoe become associated with Christmas, and where the origin of kissing beneath it come from. I have to limit things to 800 words, so it’s a bit of a whistle-stop tour of the lore I’m afraid! Hope you enjoy it. 

http://www.worcestershirelife.co.uk/homes-gardens/gardens/the_history_of_mistletoe_at_christmas_1_3090946

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Ted Nasmith Interview

Departure at the Grey Havens (1996), Ted Nasmith
Departure at the Grey Havens (1996), Ted Nasmith

In April 2012, I was lucky enough to put an interview together for Ted Nasmith. Ted has illustrated Harper Collins’ special edition of The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien, and more recently, George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Fire and Ice (on which Game of Thrones is based). He is also a fantastic musician! Head on over to Radio Rivendell’s website to read it in full. https://www.radiorivendell.com/article/2012/04/25/ted-nasmith/

 

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November 2013 Celtic Guide issue out now

November’s issue of Celtic Guide is ready to read. You can download it free as a pdf from their website, here: http://www.thecelticguide.com/index.html . This month’s topic is “loose ends”, and it contains all manner of articles from the Celtic regions. It will be available to order as a hard copy from Amazon shortly.

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Celtic Guide October 2013

I am delighted to announce that the October issue of the Celtic Guide is now available to download as a pdf document by following this link http://www.thecelticguide.com/2013.html. The magazine will appear on Amazon soon if you would like to purchase a hard copy. I have a short collection of Welsh folk tales with illustrations in this month’s issue. This month’s theme is Hallowe’en, so it will be no surprise that the tales are a little sinister in nature.

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Greetings!

Since starting an interest page on Facebook, I had no idea that the path I was treading would lead me to this point. I would like to thank dear Garden Stone for his assistance in producing my own website and helping me piece it together. I hope for this to be a more permanent home for my art and topics that I have written about. More to follow soon!

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