A Branch from the Lightning Tree

Martin Shaw

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  • Cista Mystica Press
  • ISBN 9781916003552
  • 234 pages
  • Softcover
  • 23 × 15.5 × 2 cm

The Mythteller trilogy, vol. 1
Foreword by Daniel Deardorff.

At the end of the last century, Martin Shaw spent four days and nights alone in the wilds of Snowdonia. When he returned, he ended up spending four years living under canvas to better comprehend what had happened. Over time Shaw created a trilogy of works to articulate his relationship between myth and landscape. A Branch from the Lightning Tree is the opener of the Mythteller trilogy.

This award-winning text was the first to concentratedly thread Irish, Siberian, Welsh and other forms of folktale within the practice of wilderness rites of passage.

Praise for A Branch from the Lightning Tree:

“A true master. Martin Shaw is one of the very greatest storytellers we have.”–Robert Bly, author of Iron John

“Martin Shaw is out there listening. To myths, dreams, the earth itself, the animals. He is a true shaman. Go into your deep silence, and listen for what he says directly to you.” –Coleman Barks, author of Rumi: The Big Red Book