Caitlín Matthews is the author of 80 books, including Diary of a Soul Doctor, Sophia Goddess of Wisdom, and Lost Book of the Grail. Her books have won a number of awards. She is known internationally for her work on the mythic and ancestral traditions of Britain and Ireland, and is one of the foremost exponents in the creative metaphysical field, with a deep understanding of the spiritual path. She teaches and works with communities and spiritual institutions worldwide from Iceland to Portugal and from USA to Australia. Caitlín is a co-founder of the Foundation for Inspirational and Oracular Studies (FÍOS), which is dedicated to the sacred arts that shape the landscape of the soul, via vision, dream and memory. FÍOS hosts masterclasses with exemplars of living, oracular sacred traditions that are rarely recorded in writing or given an honourable place in modern society. Caitlín has a shamanic healing practice in Oxford, working in the community to deepen connections to nature and to the ancestral traditions which are our heritage. For books & courses see: www.hallowquest.org.uk For her blog on matters mythic, divinatory, and Western Mysteries see: www.caitlin-matthews.blogspot.com
Will Vigar‘s current obsessions include concrete, abandoned spaces, folk horror, myth creation, ‘spaces in between’ and the inadequacy of maps. He is currently attempting to catalogue the waves around UK shoreline for a new poetry collection. He has edited several books including poetry collections, pamphlets, Zombie related graphic novels (which was a surprise) as well as several independently published books of his own artwork and poetry, his first collection, Lunar Tattoos, receiving tremendous praise. His latest work, Tales From The Urban Prairie, that charts the truths, myths and lies about a now-demolished housing estate in Sheffield, is due for publication later this year. Fiercely Northern, he lives in Hampshire and isn’t best pleased about it. More of his work can be found at willvigar.net
Steven O’Brien is a widely published mythographer, poet and storyteller. His collaboration with Joe Machine began with Britannic Myths. He is currently working on a new series of Arthurian stories which will also be accompanied by Joe’s paintings. He has been a regular contributor to Gramarye – the Journal of the Sussex Centre for Folklore, Fairy Tales and Fantasy, and was guest editor for the October 2018 issue. Steven has been editor of The London Magazine, Britain’s oldest literary periodical since 2010. He is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth, where he leads the MA in Creative Writing. His PhD comprises a Jungian enquiry into the creative imagination. In the field of cultural diplomacy he acts as Secretary General of the G20 Foundation and he is also a Peace Ambassador for Iraq. He is a Trustee of the Patrons of Vatican art treasures.
Anne Atkins is the author of four novels and a number of books of non-fiction as well as numerous contributions, introductions and chapters in a variety of books and almost every national newspaper. Her first novel, The Lost Child, is based on a true story in which a family makes a decision one summer which haunts five-year-old Sandy into adulthood, interwoven with the history of Cassandra, the soothsaying daughter of Priam, King of Troy. On Our Own, its sequel, is a murder mystery set in Cambridge. Another, A Fine and Private Place, followed. After a break of 20 years as a result of various family traumas, An Elegant Solution (sequel to On Our Own) was published to overwhelming praise: a lilting love story as well as gripping thriller in which the winsome and autistic hero, young academic mathematician Theo, appears to be the only one who can avert international catastrophe.
Anne started her acting career at St George’s Shakespeare Theatre in Tufnell Park and her last theatre appearance was at the National Theatre before her writing became full-time. Her first play, Lady K, was selected for the Stage Write festival 2019, to be showcased several times in London (and elsewhere). A public reading at a major theatre was scheduled for April 2020…
Anne has an impressive array of TV and Radio experience including presenting The Agony Hour series for Channel 5, Why People Hate Christians for Radio 4, Dilemmas for ITV, Watch Your ****ing Language for Channel 4 and much more. She is well known for her Thought for the Day contributions on Radio 4’s flagship Today programme.
Hélène Cardona is a poet, translator, and actor, the recipient of over 20 honors & awards, including the Independent Press and International Book Awards, Naji Naaman Prize, Hemingway Grant, and Goethe-Institut and Andalucía International University fellowships. She authored, more recently, the collections Life in Suspension and Dreaming My Animal Selves, and the translations Birnam Wood (José Manuel Cardona), Beyond Elsewhere (Gabriel Arnou-Laujeac), Ce que nous portons (Dorianne Laux), and Walt Whitman’s Civil War Writings for WhitmanWeb.
Her work has been translated into 16 languages. Fluent in six languages, she holds an MA in American Literature from the Sorbonne, worked as an interpreter for the Canadian Embassy, and taught at Hamilton College and LMU.Acting credits include Chocolat, Star Trek: Picard, Ford V. Ferrari, The Hundred-Foot Journey, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Happy Feet 2, and Serendipity among many. http://www.imdb.me/helenecardona
John Matthews, once described as ‘Oxford’s answer to all things mythic’, has been a professional independent scholar since 1980. He has made a lifetime study of the legends of King Arthur, and more recently of the history of piracy. His list of publications totals over 100, including Pirates (Athenaeum) which was a number one New York Times best seller for 22 weeks and was translated into 18 languages. He has acted as an advisor on several big budget movies, including King Arthur, Pirates of the Caribbean and Prince of Persia. His work on the education DVD to accompany King Arthur won a BAFTA awarder in 2003. He recently formed his own production company, Mythwood Films, with his writing partner Wil Kinghan, closely followed by an epublishing venture, Mythwood Books. His love of Tarot and divination began when he devised the best-selling Arthurian Tarot, with Caitlin Matthews in the 1980s. It has sold in the region of 150,000 copies world-wide and had been though three editions. Since then he has worked on and devised a number of successful decks including, The Wildwood Tarot (with Mark Ryan) The Shaman’s Oracle and The Camelot Oracle, The Lost Tarot of Nostradamus, The Steampunk Tarot: Gods of the Machine (with Caitlin Matthews and Wil Kinghan), The Sherlock Holmes Tarot and The Oracle of Dr John Dee. His latest adventuress in Tarot include The Cather Tarot (with Wil Kinghan), The Byzantine Tarot with Cilla Conway, and the soon to be released Tarot of Light and Shadow with Andrea Aste. Recent titles include a study of The Mystery of Spring-Heeled Jack, The Complete King Arthur (with Caitlin Matthews), Robin Hood, and Arthurian Magic, as well as several film and TV scripts. He sold his first screenplay in 2010 and is currently developing Blood Type, a vampire time travel romance, and a magical Arthurian series.