Friday, 14 December 2018

Boscastle Wassail and Old Christmas

Old Christmas and Wassail
January 6th 2019


Guizing and Wassailing on the harbour side, outside the Museum of Witchcraft and Magic. All are welcome to this free event, celebrating some of the traditional Cornish folk-traditions of Midwinter. With Merv and Alison Davey, Alex Langstone and a host of guizers, mast-beasts and musicians.

Friday, 28 September 2018

#ASHMag30 'celebrating diversity and creativity'



It was on the 16th October 1988, that the first issue of ASH magazine was published. The team had been gathered by stalwart Essex earth mysteries researcher and cunning man Dave Hunt. He  began to recruit team members from a diverse source: from Earthquest, the local witchcraft scene, from his own questing group 'New E.R.A' and from the esoteric Christian community. 

The idea was to have a divergent group of people, who would become the editorial team. The magazine was to be run as a cooperative, with no one in overall charge, and it worked. We gathered each month at the Scout Hut in Church Road, Vange, Essex, where we would garner intentions and share our written work, before deciding on what went in the magazine.

L - R. Dave Hunt, Claire Capon and Ian Dawson
 Picture credit: Claire Capon-Hawley

L - R. Jim Kirkwood, Ian Dawson, Alex Langstone and  Dave Hunt
Picture credit: Claire Capon-Hawley

We all had our own ideas and we quickly became an interesting, productive and creative hub. We also attracted some well known names to write for us, and due to the broad subjects we were covering, we had a broader appeal than some of the other counter-culture and earth mysteries magazines of the 1980s.

Many side projects were spawned. Psychic quests manifested, music was written, marsh-magic was conjured and art was created, both out in the landscape and in the studio. A good time was had by the liminal shore.

At the magazine's height, two successive, successful 'Esoterica' conferences were staged, plus a book launch for Bega and the Sacred Ring. It was the time where the seeds of future aspirations were being sown upon the shore of dreams.

The original team were: Dave Hunt, Ian Dawson, Jim Kirkwood, Claire Capon and Alex Langstone, with others joining us later, including Yuri Leitch as illustrator.

Look out for the hashtag #ASHMag30 on social media for more memorabilia.









Artwork by Yuri Leitch, capturing the spirit of the Michael Line Rally, 1991

Jim Kirkwood's striking cover art for ASH no. 9

Thursday, 26 April 2018

From Granite to Sea: illustrated talks





"The Folklore of Bodmin Moor and East Cornwall"
More dates to be added....

Please click on the posters for more details


June 2nd Museum of Witchcraft and Magic Library ~ Boscastle




August 15th Bodmin Pagan Moot, Hole in the Wall ~ Bodmin



August 25th ~ Museum of Witchcraft & Magic, Boscastle


September 12th ~ Perranzabuloe Old Cornwall Society, 
Memorial Hall, Perranporth



To buy the book, click here

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Lien Gwerin 2 now available to pre-order


I am very happy to announce the brand new edition of Lien Gwerin ~ A Journal of Cornish Folklore.

Lien Gwerin 2 contains 52 pages of classic reprints and new interpretation of folklore from across the Duchy. The journal is illustrated throughout and has original articles from Alan M. Kent, Cheryl Straffon, Alex Langstone and Kathy Wallis.

£5 plus shipping.

See here, to pre-order http://spiritofalbionbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2018/03/lien-gwerin-2.html

Monday, 22 January 2018

From Granite to Sea ~ The Folklore of Bodmin Moor and East Cornwall

I am delighted to announce my brand new book about the folklore of Bodmin Moor has been published by Troy Books and is available on their website. There are two wonderful hardback editions to choose from, both with unique cover designs, based on the stunningly beautiful art of Paul Atlas-Saunders. Paul has illustrated the book throughout with gorgeous additional illustrations by Gemma Gary.

Click here to buy from Troy Books website.

Standard hardback edition

Special limited edition hardback
Paperback edition. Cover art Paul Atlas-Saunders, cover design Gemma Gary