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Category: Faerie Tales

Dr. Martin Shaw – Pandemic & Mythic Meanings of this Cultural Moment

Dr. Martin Shaw, one of the great master storytellers of our time, discusses the mythology and meanings of our current cultural moment and the global coronavirus pandemic. Interview host Ross McKeachie got ahold of Dr. Martin Shaw in his cottage in Dartmoor, UK, where he was on the 10th day of 14 days of isolation before being able to go home and see his daughter. With the COVID-19 pandemic at the top of everyone’s mind and Dr. Shaw, fresh off of a 101 day ritual in the forest and now taking time to reflect, they tap into a state of wonder around the current mythology unfolding in the world. Questions are explored, such as: How do we sit with our discomfort and use this potent time for our own and the planet’s transformation? With humour and word-weaving, Dr. Martin Shaw illuminates why mythology, story, connection with nature and self are all more important now than ever before.

Earth Talk: The Earth Gnome – told by Martin Shaw

As part of his Earth Talk “Entering The Bone House – The Skill of Making a Home for Story” at Schumacher College, Martin Shaw told the story “The Earth Gnome”.

About Martin Shaw
Martin is author of “Snowy Tower: Parzival and the Wet, Black Branch of Language”, and the award winning “A Branch From the Lightning Tree”. Director of the Westcountry School of Myth, he lived for four years under canvas, exploring small pockets of the British countryside. He is principal teacher at Robert Bly’s Great Mother Conference, and devised and led the Oral Tradition course at Stanford University in Northern California. His translations of Gaelic poetry and folklore (with Tony Hoagland) have been published in Orion Magazine, Poetry International, the Kenyon Review, Poetry Magazine, and the Mississippi Review. For more on his work go to


A short film that follows Dr. Martin Shaw on the island of Crete, Greece: learn how myth can deepen the mojo of our troubled times and bring both beauty and meaning to its burning urgency.

A word of special thanks to the Friends of Amari, and to Tina Burchill, Tim Russell Stella Kassimati Jason Smalley and David Stevenson and Gani Naylor.

And deep thanks to Dirk Campbell for the music.

Directed and produced by Andreas Kornevall

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