Celtic Myth - Past Digital Events

Medieval Mermaids – a Zoom talk with Professor Sarah Peverley

This illustrated Zoom talk will explore the Medieval history of one of the most popular and long-lived of all the mythical creatures that humans have invented.

Queer as Folklore – a Zoom talk with Sacha Coward

To mark LGBT+ History Month, Sacha Coward takes us on an illustrated Zoom talk through the hidden queer history of myths and monsters.

Gog and Magog: the Giants in Guildhall – Zoom lecture with John Clark

John Clark investigates the significance of the two figures of giants, known as Gog and Magog, that stand in London's medieval Guildhall.

Mermaids across the Millennia – a Zoom talk with Professor Sarah Peverley

This illustrated Zoom talk will explore one of the most popular and long-lived of all the mythical creatures that humans have invented.

Celtic Myths – The Spanking Goddess and Other Discarded Tales – Clare Murphy

Stellar storyteller Clare Murphy exhumes the Celtic canon to bring the wild women who never made the cut, back into the light.

It Was Upon a Lammas Night: Summerisle and The Wicker Man – Zoom talk with Edward Parnell

An illustrated Zoom lecture on the real Scottish locations used in 'The Wicker Man' to create the geography of the fictional Summerisle.

The Green Children of Woolpit: fairies or lost children? – Zoom talk with John Clark

This Zoom lecture investigates the story of the two ‘Green Children’ who appeared ‘as if out of the ground’ in a C12th Suffolk village.

Inventing the Green Man – a Zoom talk with Dr Alex Woodcock

In this illustrated Zoom talk Dr Alex Woodcock will explore one of the most familiar images from medieval art.

Gef the Talking Mongoose – a Zoom talk with Christopher Josiffe

"I am a ghost in the form of a mongoose, and I shall haunt you with weird noises..." Find out about the Isle of Man's most-famous spook in this Zoom talk with Christopher Josiffe.

Deirdriu of the Sorrows by Dr Mark Williams

This final talk introduces one of the most famous heroines of Irish literature, whose story was turned into numerous plays

How Culhwch Won Olwen and tales of Arthur by Dr Mark Williams

We are sticking once more with the Arthurian world, and introducing one of the best medieval Welsh tales: the story of Culhwch and Olwen

Myrddin – the Welsh Merlin by Dr Mark Williams

We look at some early Welsh poems (one spoken by Myrddin to his pet piglet)

Finn mac Cumaill / Finn mac Cool by Dr Mark Williams

We will be following their adventures and those of the Lord Finn tonight

Cú Chulainn by Dr Mark Williams

This week we turn to the greatest of Irish heroes, who defends the entirely of Ulster single-handedly aged only seventeen

Taliesin by Dr Mark Williams

Taliesin is the super-poet of Welsh tradition, the shapeshifting bard who has been everywhere and in everything

The Hero Finn – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

This talk is designed to ask when it originated, how it developed, and whether there was a real man behind it.

Branwen, daughter of Llyr by Dr Mark Williams

This talk introduces the most tragic of Welsh heroines, whose story is found in the second of the Welsh Four Branches of the Mabinogi

Merlin – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

You are invited this evening to explore the original sources of his legend, and see if we can understand where it began and how it developed

The God Lugh and the Morrigan – Professor Ronald Hutton – Zoom Lecture

This talk is to discover what the actual evidence is of both and to see whether a closer relationship can be made with either in the process

Occult Nationalism and the Irish Revival – Dr Mark Williams by Zoom

This third talk turns to writers in English, and looks at how the Irish gods were resuscitated and reimagined in modernity as symbols

The Goddess Brigid – Professor Ronald Hutton Zoom Lecture

This talk is designed to look at the evidence for both goddess and saint, and the possible relationships between them.

Irish Gods – The Túatha Dé Danann – Dr Mark Williams by Zoom

This second talk takes listeners through a magnificent saga from the ninth century, The Second Battle of Moytura