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Pathlands and Sacred Falls

June 22nd, 2015
Peter Owen Jones

Peter Owen Jones

Nature and literature – these great nourishers of the human spirit – sometimes come together, and just recently I’ve enjoyed their meeting in two books written by friends who just happen to both appear in the same podcast.
41KbYX91THL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Peter Owen-Jones’ book Pathlands: 21 Tranquil Walks among the Villages of Britain displays a use of language that conjures up the wonder of the natural world in a way that I find troubling, because it awakens in me one of the worst emotions – envy. I envy, no love, the way he describes the countryside, its plants, the weather. If you live nowhere near Britain his words will give you a vivid sense of what it’s like to walk on the land here. And if you live in or near Britain the book will make you want to throw a pack on your back and go hiking. In this month’s DruidCast I interview Peter about the book, and we widen the discussion to look at the tension between the desire for tradition and the need to, in Peter’s words, ‘shake off the hard scales of history.’

Prof. Roland Rotherham

Prof. Roland Rotherham

SacredFallsRoland Rotherham’s book Sacred Falls: Saint Nectan and the Legacy of the Dragon brings nature into literature in an entirely different way. Filled with the most beautiful photographs of St.Nectan’s Glen and the surrounding area, Roly’s text explores the legends and history that surrounds this site – one of the most magical in the country. In DruidCast he talks about St Nectan and these legends. It’s a fantastic book and a great edition of the Order’s monthly radio programme. You can find it here.

One Response to “Pathlands and Sacred Falls”

  1. Both books look awfully interesting. I had no trouble ordering a kindle version of the Pathlands book from Amazon.us, but, for those in the USA, The Roland Rotherham book is sadly not available on the Amazon.us website, and it seems rather difficult, or possibly impossible to purchase it from the Saint Nectans Falls online store ( doesn’t accept the necessary “country”, or “state” place designation for shipping.) HOWEVER, American druids CAN buy it from Amazon.UK !!! ‘Might be good if the OBOD online store could offer this too. ‘Looking forward to the podcast tomorrow on my commute to work, and looking forward to reading both books soon. Thanks so much for sharing and a Joyous and enchanted Mid Summer to all!:-)

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