I can't remember if I mentioned this before, but since it's coming up soon I'll do so again:
If you're anywhere near Oxford, UK this month, I will be delivering the 4th Annual Tolkien Lecture at Pembroke College, Oxford University, on May 26th (6:30 pm). The Pembroke Fantasy lecture series "explores the history and current state of fantasy literature, in honour of JRR Tolkien, who wrote The Hobbit and much of The Lord of the Rings during his twenty years at the college."
As if it wasn't daunting enough to speak about fantasy at Professor Tolkien's old college, last year's speaker was the wonderful Lev Grossman, with Philip Pullman scheduled for 2017. What an erudite pair to be squeezed between! Please come if you can; it would be lovely to have some folks from the Myth & Moor community there. Admission is free, but you need to register for a ticket and space is limited. Go here for further details.
While I'm on the subject of public events, the Green Hill Arts Centre (here in Devon, in nearby Moretonhampstead) is hosting a second Widdershins exhibition of Dartmoor mythic art, running June 25th to August 27th. Participating artists include Brian Froud, Wendy Froud, Alan Lee, Marja Lee, Virginia Lee, Danielle Barlow, Angharad Barlow, Rima Staines, Hazel Brown, Paul Kidby, me, and I think one or two other folks as well...I'll let you know when I've got the complete list.
Like the first Widdershins in 2013, there will be talks, workshops and other mythic events surrounding the exhibition -- but the full schedule hasn't been finalized yet. This is just a heads-up to let you know that the show is happening; I'll post the full schedule of events when it goes live, and I hope some of you can come.