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      Lindsay Clarke   Lindsay Clarke is a novelist, playwright, poet and teacher. He was born in Halifax and educated at King’s College, Cambridge. His writings reflect his extensive knowledge of mythology, and include The Chymical Wedding (which won the Whitbread Prize for Fiction in 1989); Sunday Whiteman (1987), Alice's Masque (1994), Essential Celtic Mythology (1997); Parzival and the Stone from Heaven: A Grail Romance Retold for Our Time (2001); The War at Troy (2004); The Return from Troy (2005); The Water Theatre (2010); The Gist: A Celebration of the Imagination (2012). He has also had four radio plays produced on BBC Radio 4. He works with the Pushkin Trust in Northern Ireland, lectures in creative writing at Cardiff University, and teaches writing workshops in London and Bath.  
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
                       
                       
                       
       

Patrick Harpur read English at Cambridge and is a writer, novelist and Hermetic philosopher. His non-fiction works include Daimonic Reality: a Field Guide to the Otherworld and The Philosophers' Secret Fire: a history of the  Imagination and most recently A Complete Guide to the Soul published by Rider. He has also published an alchemical tract, Mercurius: or, the Marriage of Heaven and Earth.
He writes and lectures on Hermetic philosophy and The Golden Chain, in Britain and the USA. He has given talks at the Temenos Foundation and taught at Schumacher College. 
www.harpur.org

 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
                       
                       
                       
       

Louise Hodgson is an explorer, painter and writer. She has spent 35 years studying the sacred places of Britain and in particular those of the South West of England, the south Midlands and Wales. She has contributed much geographic and geomantic knowledge to the research of such writers as John Michell. She now lives in West Dorset from where she runs her company Secret Landscape Tours. Her best-selling books, Secret Places of West Dorset (2011), and More Secret Places of West Dorset (2015) are published by Roving Press. http://www.rovingpress.co.uk/Secretplacesofwestdorset.html
www.secretlandscapetours.com 

 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
                       
                       
                       
        Merrily Harpur was born in Buckinghamshire and educated at Headington School, Oxford, and Trinity College, Dublin where she read English. She is a painter, writer, cartoonist, founder and long-time Director of the Strokestown International Poetry Festival. She was founder and Director of the Fox Festival 2013, and librettist of the oratorio The Fox That Walked On Water first performed in 2013. She has published five books including  Mystery Big Cats (Heart of Albion 2006) an examination of the many thousands of sightings of modern daimons, the panther-like animals seen throughout Britain in the past five decades. She has given talks in England and the USA on this subject, the daimonic world and animal souls.
www.merrilyharpur.co.uk
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James Harpur was born in Surrey and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. He has had five collections of poetry published by Anvil Press. His latest, Angels and Harvesters (2012), is a Poetry Book Society Recommendation. The Dark Age (2007) won the 2009 Michael Hartnett Award. Other prizes and bursaries include the 1995 British National Poetry Competition, two Arts Council of Ireland Bursaries, a Society of Authors Bursary, an Eric Gregory Award, and a Hawthornden Fellowship. His poems have been published in The Guardian and The Independent and broadcast on BBC Radio 4. He has been included in many anthologies, such as The Forward Book of Poetry (Faber 2001), and Staying Alive (Bloodaxe 2008).
He is currently poetry editor of the Temenos Academy Review and former poetry editor of Southword, Ireland’s premier poetry ezine. He has adjudicated the Michael Hartnett Prize, the Gregory O’Donoghue Prize, the Exeter Cathedral Poetry Competition and the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award. He is much in demand as a workshop facilitator, and has conducted workshops at the Arvon Foundation, Lancaster University, and Galway University. He lives in Ireland where he writes, tutors and broadcasts regularly on national radio. He is a member of Aosdána.
www.jamesharpur.com
 

 
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
         
                       
                       
                       
       

Jules Cashford read philosophy at St. Andrews and did post-graduate research in literature at Cambridge, on a Carnegie Fellowship, studying for a Ph D on Tragedy in the novels of Joseph Conrad. She was for some years a Supervisor in Tragedy at Trinity College, Cambridge. She studied Psychology of Consciousness with Max Cade and lectured on Mythology at Birkbeck College of Extra-Mural Studies, University of London. She has also trained as a Jungian Analyst and is a member of the International Association of Analytical Psychology. She is author of The Moon: Myth and Image (Cassell Illustrated, 2003), and has translated The Homeric Hymns for Penguin Classics (2003). She is the co-author, with Anne Baring, of The Myth of the Goddess: Evolution of an Image (Penguin 1993). She writes and lectures on Myth and Literature.
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