A series of seventy-eight original poems based on the cards of the Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot deck. Each poem sheds new light on the card that inspired it, making them not only a pleasure for anyone to... More > read but frequently a revelation, and also an extremely useful additional resource for the amateur or professional Tarot-reader.< Less
The poet's own choice from more than thirty years of work, including early poems from "Reluctant Rebel" 1975, the dream-like nightmarish semi-autobiographical "Sweeney Jim" 1983,... More > the complete poem-sequence "Better Than Sleep" 1985, the much-praised Jesus Bhakti Poems 1997 and the award-winning "Fin de Millennium" 1999, and latest collection "Drinking-Up Time", with the long poems "Us and Them" and "Naked on Dartmoor".< Less
> AN ESOTERIC MEDIEVAL MYSTERY < Mariana in Spain and France.
Mariana's first mystery, which begins while she is still a slave in Granada. In this case the mystery is not a death or even a... More > disappearance but a mysterious child, a girl called Alazais, whom Mariana is charged with restoring to her home and family. But why did the authorities want Alazais dead, and why had the thugs despatched to murder her been so reluctant to do so? Out of sentiment? Surely not. They would have cut any child's throat for a few francs. Then out of fear? Of awe?
Who – what – was this child?
And what is Mariana to do with her when she finally finds out where Alazais' home was, and learns that her family had been slaughtered along with the rest of the village at the time when she herself had so strangely been spirited away by the killers?< Less
>AN ESOTERIC MEDIEVAL MYSTERY< MARIANA IN SCOTLAND Lady Marian MacElpin (known in Spain as Doña Mariana de la Manga), now twenty-five, and still fighting the label "witch" that... More > has haunted her since childhood, travels for the first time to the land of her ancestors. There, in the far north of Scotland, called upon by chance to act as interpreter for two Arabic-speaking slaves whose master has been murdered, she meets her Scottish grandmother (a witch, of course) whom she had long believed dead; she becomes embroiled in ancient myths and legends (sheltimen, mermaids, elps, the Queen of Elphame) - which prove no less fantastic now, in the flesh, than they had seemed in the tales her father told her when she was a child; and she falls (yet again) into the unsympathetic hands of authority, this time in the form of the local Master Executioner and his obnoxious son, and the skeletal black-robed Dominican Friar, Brother Arsenius, Inquisitor …< Less
A one-act verse-play depicting the home-coming of Agamemnon at the end of the Trojan War with all the looted treasure he has managed to pack into his ship, and his special prize, the captive princess... More > Cassandra of Troy.
His wife Clytemnestra, the sister of Helen, has a surprise in store for him. Only it is no surprise to Cassandra, for she is Apollo's Woman, the seeress, the famous soothsayer whom no one believes. She knows what is about to happen to Agamemnon, just as she knows what is about to happen to her - and what will eventually happen to Clytemnestra.
A dramatic scene out of the distant past as extraordinary people come face to face with death.< Less
LET'S TURN BACK TIME (for 9-10 year-olds) is set in Father Christmas's toy factory, where the elves who make the toys are jealous of the "horrible human children" who get all the toys they... More > make. They want some presents themselves!
BACK TO YEAR ZERO (for 10-11 year-olds) tells the story of two children who, finding themselves at a loose end one Christmas Eve, go into their inventor father's workshop looking for something exciting to do and start playing with his latest invention, a time-machine. They set the dial to zero, and get plenty of excitement when they are whisked back to Year Zero in Bethlehem, where they quickly become involved in the lives of Mary and Joseph and all the other people there that very special night.< Less
>AN ESOTERIC MEDIEVAL MYSTERY< MARIANA IN PARIS - Lady Marian MacElpin is now an unofficial student at the university in Paris: to be admitted to lectures, she has to pretend to be a man. But... More > it is to her that the other students turn when one is charged with the murder of his rich uncle, a miser and reputed alchemist. She quickly discovers that the murder (and a second related murder) had their roots far away on the island of Ibiza eighteen years before, and involve not only alchemy and the tarot and (of course, with Mariana there) witchcraft (one of the witches, known as La Fille d'Or, turns out to have been for years the secret mistress of Charles VI, King of France), but also a one-armed Albanian "king" of the Paris underworld, and such well-known historical figures as Christine de Pisan (then a girl of thirteen), and Nicolas Flamel, the alchemist (later Grand Master of the outlawed Prieuré de Sion).< Less
Set in the High Place of En-dor, one of the hill-top sanctuaries of ancient Palestine, this play brings to the stage the final days in the life of the first King of Israel, Saul of Benjamin.
Faced... More > with defeat at the hands of the Philistines and treachery from his son-in-law David, and hearing that a witch may be able to conjure up the shade of the prophet Samuel (the one man who could, if still alive, give him the counsel and support he needs), Saul turns in desperation to the Holy Woman of En-dor. For although he himself has been persecuting and burning such women for years, the Old Religion still flourishes on the hills and in the woods, Holy Women are still revered, and despite Saul's efforts, ritual prostitution under a green tree is still the normal and accepted mode of worshipping the gods of the land.
Saul is a king who has hitherto never known anything but triumph; now he faces the reality of imminent death.< Less
The poet's own choice from more than thirty years of work, including early poems from "Reluctant Rebel" (1975), the dream-like (nightmarish?) semi-autobiographical "Sweeney Jim"... More > (1983), the complete poem-sequence "Better Than Sleep" (1985), the much-praised Jesus Bhakti Poems (1997) and the award-winning "Fin de Millennium" (1999), and latest collection "DRINKING-UP TIME", with the long poems "US AND THEM" and "NAKED ON DARTMOOR"< Less