PAUL JAMESON 2016

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My thoughts on writing, books, reading and folklore.

March 4, 2019

I might have mentioned I’m beginning a Masters in Celtic Studies at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. I’m very excited; nervous too given the strange state of my brain and mental health since whenever. It’ll be a challenge, quite different to what it might...

June 4, 2018

On an earlier post I made mention of Sandy’s Iron Age forts, and in so doing touched on Vikings too. It’s true. There were Vikings in this part of the world.

Lots...

Unlike the Romans, who marched, built roads and fortified, the Vikings sailed their longboats down the na...

May 28, 2018

A writer of words and a musician in the past, I find myself immensely proud of the role and function of bardic tradition in Celtic society. I've always been proud of it. As a child I was drawn to the Bard in Disney’s Robin Hood; the colour and vibrancy of the storytell...

April 30, 2018

Potton is a small town in Bedfordshire that I used to live in. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book and it is said that Hereward the Wake did pass through there. It's a nice place, and a mile or so east of town is Potton Wood; in truth, the trees are closer to the haml...

April 9, 2018

Visit Ludlow.

I could leave it at that, but I won’t. Ludlow is a gem of a place, in Shropshire, close to the border with Wales, and described by our own Sir John Betjeman as “...probably the loveliest town in England”. Who am I to disagree with a Poet Laureate who was w...

April 2, 2018

Labyrinths...

I mentioned finding a labyrinth on a walk in Boscastle. It’s carved into the dark rock of a granite cliff behind an abandoned mill. There are two, next to each other and dated to around 1,200 BC by the National Trust, although there are some who say they a...

March 19, 2018

After considering Iron Age forts and the landscape local to where I live last week, I’m going to come leaping forward in time and bustling off over the Channel to consider Joan of Arc for the letter 'J'.

Why?

Because I’ve always loved the tale of Joan of Arc;

But it’s mor...

March 12, 2018

I live in Sandy.

It’s a town on the busy A1 between London and Peterborough, and on to Scotland. A place to drive through for most, maybe stop for petrol, flash through on the train and gaze bored out the window at a platform.

But that’s unfair.

It’s a proper little folkl...