Review of Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman

by michaelharvey in General

Philip Pullman brings all the stories that you know from the Brothers Grimm. And he adds a few more that you’ve never heard of for good luck in this fantastic translation and adaptation. As Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm discovered that people were actually reading and enjoying their stories panic began to set in.  These popular […]

The Mighty Dead by Adam Nicolson – a review

by michaelharvey in Mythology

Homer the storyteller Homer the storyteller has taken on many forms. He was the name of the poet who wrote two long narrative poems in Ancient Greece. One is the Iliad, which is about the siege Troy. The other is the Odyssey which tells the story of the adventures of Odysseus on his way back home. […]

The Mabinogion or Mabinogi? A guide for the confused.

by michaelharvey in Mabinogi, Mythology

Mabinogion or Mabinogi? So which is it? The short and confusing answer is – both. The Mabinogion or Mabinogi are a collection of stories collected together in the Middle Ages around eight hundred years ago. The Mabinogion usually refers to the whole collection within which there are four separate ‘branches’ of related stories called the […]

Mythology is still Important

by michaelharvey in Mabinogi, Mythology

Why should we be interested in the myths of long ago? Mythology is still important because, although we talk about theses stories as ‘ancient’, we have not changed much over the millennia. The supernatural beings of the mythic world are larger than life. Their passions, desires and anger is much bigger than our everyday lives, […]

Norse Mythology – a review of Neil Gaiman’s book

by michaelharvey in Mythology, Review

Norse mythology is closer than you think. If you speak English you summon the old Norse gods every time you say the words Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. Tyr is the one handed god of war. Odin is the one-eyed all father who hung on the world-tree in order to win wisdom. Thor is the […]

Welsh myth – Review of ‘Assembly of the Severed Head’ by Hugh Lupton

by michaelharvey in General, Mabinogi, Mythology, Review

There are several versions available of the Welsh myth ‘The Mabinogion’ but Hugh Lupton’s is strikingly effective. For Mabinogion geeks like myself the texts as they have come down to us in modern Welsh and English translations are a mine of wonder and magic about the soul of the country where I live. However, for […]

So, did I just make all this up?

by michaelharvey in Pig Boy Info

No, I did not! The story I tell in the book Pig Boy is in a long story from Celtic mythology . It’s part of a bigger collection of marvellous, magical and really quite weird Welsh stories called the Mabinogion. In its medieval form Pig Boy was called Culhwch and Olwen and, for many years, […]

Pig Boy is on his way in a new book!

by michaelharvey in Mabinogi, Pig Boy Info

I have almost completed the first draft of my new book, Pig Boy,  and I am now looking for the people who will help turn it from a humble word processing document into a big,fat,smelly,snorting reality. Just like the heroes who go off in pursuit of the Great Boar in the story I’m looking for […]