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General Archives - Michael A Harvey books

What did King Arthur have for Christmas Dinner?

by michaelharvey in Folktales, General, King Arthur, Mabinogi, Mythology

Asking what King Arthur had for Christmas Dinner is not as stupid as it seems. To answer it we need to know which one of  the many Arthurs we are talking about. The one that most interests me is the Arthur of the long Welsh epic, the Mabinogi. This is Arthur the warrior, statesman, hunter, […]

Once Upon a Time by Marina Warner

by michaelharvey in Folktales, General, Review

Once Upon a Time – A Short History of Fairy tale by Marina Warner – review This book is a lot slimmer than the usual hefty tome that we have come to expect from Marina Warner and it bears some of the hallmarks that she sees as defining for the folktale – clarity, directness and […]

The Joy of Punctuation

by michaelharvey in Creativity, General, Mabinogi, Writing

Punctuation – What is it good for? I’m on my third draft of Pig Boy and can no longer put off the moment of sorting out the punctuation. I don’t know about you, but when I was in school, punctuation seemed to be some kind of weird algebra. It had  lots of complicated rules and […]

Did King Arthur really exist?

by michaelharvey in General, Mabinogi, Mythology

King Arthur may or may not have existed but he definitely was – and is – real!

Review of Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman

by michaelharvey in Folktales, General, Review, Writing

Click here for more blog posts with reviews, news of Pig Boy and much else besides… Philip Pullman brings together all the stories that you know from the Brothers Grimm. And then he adds a few more that you’ve never heard of for good luck in this fantastic translation and adaptation. As Jacob and Wilhelm […]

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 […]