Petronius’ Satyricon

I took part in this play with Alyson directing while studying Classics at Glasgow University in 2006. This play is fun to do especially if you have an interest in Classical literature, well worth a read.

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This play is a stage adaptation based on the translation by P G Walsh of The Satyricon, a Roman novel by Petronius. Although the subject of a film by Fellini, The Satyricon was staged for the first time in history in the Debating Chambers, Glasgow University Union on 30th January 2006. The play highlighted themes of male rape, mental illness and suicide, which were not necessarily evident in the original text.

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Bacchae: The Pie-Eyed Piper

I took part in this play with Alyson at the Pagan Federation Conference in 2007. It is a creative mix of Euripides “Bacchae” and Robert Burns “Tam O’ Shanter” the play was a lot of fun to do and should be an enjoyable read.

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This play is based on Euripides’ “Bacchae” and Robert Burns’ “Tam ‘O Shanter”.
The Bacchae was performed posthumously in 405 BCE. Tam O’ Shanter was first published in 1791. Self-educated in the classics, Burns’ poem bears a striking resemblance to the Euripidean tale.
“Bacchae: The Pie-Eyed Piper” was first performed at The Pleasance Theatre in Edinburgh for the Scottish Pagan Federation Conference on 9th June 2007.

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Nods to the Old Gods: The Pagan and Magical References of the Scottish Romantics

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day!

I’m very pleased to announced the publication of my new book: “Nods to the Old Gods: The Pagan and Magical References of the Scottish Romantics”.

This enchanting collection includes poetry by eight Scottish romantic poets:

Robert Burns
Anne Bannerman
Dorothea Primrose Campbell
Joanna Baillie
Anne McVicar Grant
Janet Little
Sir Walter Scott
George MacDonald

These poets included in their writing poems about ancient gods and other ethereal beings such as ghosts, witches, sprites, mermaids and fairies. Many readers might pass these references without realising the deeper meaning behind their literary use. These poetic tales prove that the Romantics had a respectful knowledge of myth, magic and ancient religion. Their nods to the old gods are recorded for posterity so that we might learn about the Old Ones and the beliefs of our ancestors.

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