Sir Gawain and the Green Knight – a Bewitching Masterpiece of Mediaeval Poetry

The Green Knight in the Woods, from an original linocut print by Michael Smith ( © Michael Smith 2019, all rights reserved )

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, is a fourteenth century poetic masterpiece. No mere Arthurian romance, it is a work of huge religious, spiritual and mystical power. In subjecting its hero to the hardest of temptations, it reveals the hollowness of the chivalric ideal, the weakness of men and the loneliness of the human condition.

Sky Goddesses, Spring Mechanisms, or Sprites: Why Is it Bad Luck to Open an Umbrella Inside?

Picture of the inside of an umbrella

Madeline D’Este explores the possible origins behind the common belief that the act of opening an umbrella indoors invites bad luck.

Some Words About ‘The Quiet Music’ from Jackie Morris

String of Stars © Jackie Morris

At present I am tangled in brambles and ivy, steeped in acorns and oak and painting the rhythm of the air as it moves through the feathers of a raven’s wing. I am working, as ever, on a new book, The Lost Words, written by Robert MacFarlane, illustrated by me, to be published by Hamish […]

Faces in the Mirror: The Urban Legend of Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary sometimes appears as the ghost of a woman murdered after her wedding. By Adina Voicu https://pixabay.com/en/users/AdinaVoicu-485024/

Bloody Mary is a scary urban legend that has been told for decades, but what might psychology tell us about its appeal and origins?

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