Folklore and Me - A Healthy Fascination
Over the last few years, whilst struggling with mental health, I've come to realise how important the folklore, history and landscape of Britain are to me. I've learnt how the magick of the Fae and Celts, nature and an ancient past still exist in this green land. It's around every corner. For me it's been a slow discovery, but one that's inspired me to take photos, write, explore my own imagination and, in times of poor mental health, battle madness.
It's been productive too.
I've grown in confidence (although I still struggle in person at times) and released my first two novels in 2018 - 'Nightjar' and '76 and the Odd 93' - I have a third on the boil which I hope to release in the first half of 2019. I took a job as a cleaner (being a recluse this is quite a big step) and through social media have connected with like-minded people through Facebook Groups and Twitter hashtags; a chance to share a love of history, art, folklore and the liminal edge. And lastly, at the end of the year, I applied to Trinity Saint David, the University of Wales to study for a Masters in Celtic studies; And... I've been accepted, this week!
Now though, I find I'm at a crossroads. I feel I need to share what I've discovered, indeed am still discovering, and not just about the folklore; but about the peripheral activity that takes place. I've learned how to use social media to help my state of mind, inspire my art and allow me to enjoy and support the art of others. It's improved my mental health to the point that I'm adventuring out again and share my passions for writing, history and folklore. So in 2019, I'm going to release a series of blog articles (weekly and/or fortnightly) that consider what folklore means to me, how it helps me tackle new challenges I face, and document my progress in:
Use of Technology
In so doing, I hope it might help others build on and grow their own passions. So join me, join in, and we'll make 2019 a year to remember.